Author Archives: Emily Scott

About Emily Scott

I am a UK beekeeper who has recently moved from London to windswept, wet Cornwall. I first started keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary in 2008, when I created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully! - future successes.

Notes from Cornwall Beekeeping conference talks – Bit of a Do 2018 (1.)

The two local Cornish associations (the Cornwall Beekeepers Association and West Cornwall Beekeepers Association) put on a great ‘Bit of a do‘ day of talks and trade stands. I’m going to write up Dan Basterfield’s talks on ‘Honey bee dance … Continue reading

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Book review: A honeybee heart has five openings by Helen Jukes

I first found out about this beekeeping memoir after reading a review of it on the Oxfordshire Natural Beekeeping Group blog – Helen Jukes was a member of the group while she lived in Oxford. A Honeybee Heart has Five … Continue reading

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‘The Cornish Bee’ – notes from a talk by Rodger Dewhurst, Gwenen Apiaries

Last Sunday I went to a ‘Bee Fayre’, which is an annual weekend event held at Enys Gardens in Penryn, Cornwall. It was a haven for bee fans, filled with stalls selling every bee themed product you can think of, … Continue reading

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Winter is coming – getting the bees ready for hail, frost and snow

You might think I’m crazy talking about winter. We’ve just had some of our hottest days of the year, when parts of England reached over 35°C. Yet the summer solstice was a summer bee’s lifetime ago. The bees are always … Continue reading

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Book review – The Beekeeper: Rescuing the stolen women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail

The Beekeeper by Dunya Mikhail – available on Amazon (or your local independent bookshop) I discovered this book while browsing my local library’s catalogue for beekeeping books. Yet it is not a book about beekeeping at all. Instead Dunya Mikhail … Continue reading

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Growing my bees

Not bigger bees, but more colonies! I have doubled the amount of hives I have – not too difficult when you only have one to start with. I’ve purchased a colony (the one on the right in the photo above) … Continue reading

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Tips learnt from Bee Health Day 2018

This weekend I went to Bee Health Day 2018, a day with local Cornish and Devon Bee inspectors learning about various diseases and pests. Accompanied by tea and pasties, so that you knew you were in Cornwall. We had four … Continue reading

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