Stop Press: London Honey Show: Two Talks

London Honey Show
London Honey Show

 The London Honey Show is at the Lancaster Hotel W2 2TY from 11am to 4pm this Sunday 16th October. Entry £2. Children go free. This is a family day out with a farmers’ market feel.

The Lancaster Hotel is very accessible, on the North side of Hyde Park, next to Lancaster Gate Tube (Central Line).

I will be giving two talks:

  •     1.30pm                    Bees Can’t Eat Kind Words”: Exploring the precarious balance of forage and London’s populous bees.
Bee On Bramble
Bee On Bramble
  • 2.15pm                 “The Asian Hornet”: Recognition and ManagementWe travelled to France to discover how beekeepers there have been coping with this voracious honeybee predator.
Asian Hornet
Asian Hornet

Hoping to see you there!

 

Bee-Speaking

Presentation At New York City BKA
Presentation At The New York City Beekeepers Association

Beekeeping is a hands-on job: all of the senses are engaged when working with bees: touch, smell, hearing, vision and finally, most delightfully, taste. It is a truly immersive craft.

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Our New Rooftop Planting Guide

Our New Rooftop Planting Guide

NEW ROOFTOP PLANTING GUIDE

Just in time for Spring, we’ve posted our new guide to Bee-Friendly Rooftop Planting. You can download it here. 

The guide’s been expertly researched and written for us by London-based garden designer Jane Finlay. Jane trained at Kew and was recently a finalist in the Society of Garden Design Student Award.  Massive thanks to Jane for her inspiring urban forage suggestions. You can find out more about her distinctive approach to garden design at janefinlay.london.

Getting It Right

Bailey Comb Change Demo For A Weak Colony
Demo Of Bailey Comb Change  For A Weak Colony – With David Clague and Alla Neal

I have a maxim, gained from my observation of the way the world works: “There may not be one single way to get it right. But there are lots of ways of getting it wrong.” It has served me well over the years.

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Voiding

Is It 10C Yet ?
Is It 10C Yet ?

The purpose of this blog is to inform and to entertain: this post falls squarely into the first category. After several months confined to the hive, my Suffolk bees took advantage of a warmer day to take a short flight last weekend. Why ? Those of a delicate disposition should look away now… Continue reading “Voiding”

Honey Processing

The Honey Processing Room
The Honey Processing Room

We’re lucky that we are neighbours to a Jamie Oliver Teaching Kitchen in Orford Primary School. During late August, with the summer holidays coming to an end, we move our extraction and filtering equipment, together with honeybuckets and jars, into this pristine food-quality environment, we spin out and then cold-filter the honey harvest, prior to ripening the honey and then pouring it into jars.

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