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Welcoming honeybees; a true, wild democracy

Welcoming honeybees; a true, wild democracy

It’s swarm season for honeybees!!! The size of a honeybee colony fluctuates throughout the year, contracting in the winter and expanding towards mid summer to reach a critical mass able to reproduce through swarming. At the time of the swarm, a colony splits in two and […]

Notes from a bee stalker in February

Notes from a bee stalker in February

Yesterday I woke up to a beautifully clear, sunny February morning. For the first time this year, I opened the door to welcome in the fresh air and beaming morning rays into the house. To my surprise and amusement a honeybee flew straight in to […]

Winter Bumblebees?

Winter Bumblebees?

Winter is a reclusive season, a time for silence, reflection and dormancy. It seems so still out there without bees buzzing about but we’re lucky we can be sure that they will emerge once again next year. There is something deeply reassuring about the repeating […]

Reflections on natural growing in the company of bees

Reflections on natural growing in the company of bees

I find it difficult to come to terms with the extent and rate at which we are devastating life on our earth. WWF’s living planet report has just revealed that in the last 40 years the Global Living Planet Index shows a decline of 52% […]

The bees of Eden

The bees of Eden

This August I cycled across the Devon countryside and into Cornwall to visit the Eden Project. I’d been meaning to visit for years and despite the challenging psychological battle with the hills, I’m very glad I did. Never before had I seen so many species […]

Extra-floral activity

Extra-floral activity

Walking home along the hedgerow the other day I was distracted by a deep humming sound. Being prime swarm season for honeybees, I got a bit excited and thought I might finally be about to witness my first swarm! I was not in luck with […]

Dandelions and buzzing blossom

Dandelions and buzzing blossom

The past month has been a defining transition for me and bee love! I’ve traded in a life in London sat at a desk with very little natural light or ventilation [leading to frequent existential and physical crises] for 6 months of working outdoors in […]

Bees welcome!

Bees welcome!

The British Beekeeper’s Association is promoting a lovely approach to beekeeping this year that is all about the forage! They say that even though we all want to be beekeepers, we can certainly all be ‘keepers of bees’ by planting the right plants as sweet, yummy […]

Sitting by a winter honeysuckle

Sitting by a winter honeysuckle

Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking out for a glimpse of the first active bees of 2014 . With yesterday’s sunshine and the help of a nearby winter honeysuckle, I was in luck and spotted a lovely little flurry of bee life! Honeybee […]

Honey … discuss

Honey … discuss

As at this time of year our honeybees are tucked away in their hives and the majority of our wild bumblebees are quietly hibernating underground … so while they are out of sight, I thought I’d do a few posts about honey! Often people are […]