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How many honey bees are there? A 2019 update.

A year ago I wrote a post titled ‘How many honey bees are there?‘, after a question on Quora got me intrigued about whether any kind of data exists on worldwide honey bee numbers. Would anyone really have counted? Well, it … Continue reading

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Book review: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

I haven’t written for a while because it’s been a difficult few weeks. My little boy, Tommy, was very ill, first diagnosed with pneumonia and then with pericardial effusion – excess fluid around the heart. He needed an emergency operation … Continue reading

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My latest beekeeping bungle – and how I fixed it

This autumn I made the classic error of giving bees too much space. I put an eke on top of the brood box to do Apiguard treatment. Then I went on holiday. The first opportunity I got to inspect the … 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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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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