The welfare of our locally adapted honey bee is paramount to its survival.
  • No honey show? No problem-time to finally perfect a moisturising beeswax hand cream Beekeepers are never stuck for a job related to their beekeeping.  Some are more pleasant than others and this time of year can be dominated by endless cleaning of equipment as well as rendering old beeswax.  But a more pleasant job is preparing beeswax cappings for use in candle making, other products for the show bench such as blocks or cakes of wax, and conditioning creams for wood or for humans!  It took a couple of years believe it or not, what with sourcing recipes, reading the right books, perfecting the art of preparing very clean wax, sourcing ingredients, clearing the honey house to make way for cream making and packaging in a clean room environment, to finally being able ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2020, 9:42 AM by Helen Mooney
  • Summer 2020 Summary- A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
    Posted Sep 13, 2020, 4:06 PM by Helen Mooney
  • Nucs- one week after Queens began to lay The photograph here was chosen to give beginners a flavour of what they can soon look forward to if they have ordered bees this year.  The queen is not in the frame but there is an egg near the centr and some very young c-shaped larvae being provisioned with brood food by female worker bees that are undertaking nursing duties, which they do before they become wax builders, ripeners of honey or foragers.  All tasks in the hive are age related.In any case, our nucs will be ready for collection in the coming weeks.  Everyone who has ordered bees has been contacted and we cannot take any more orders until next year.  It will be a challenge for ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 12:12 PM by Helen Mooney
  • 2020 Queens mated and laying Our first batch of new queens are mated and laying.  Although some people prefer to mark and clip later in the year, our queens in nucs for sale will be marked and clipped.
    Posted Jun 3, 2020, 2:47 AM by Helen Mooney
  • The First Inspection Our bees have overwintered well.  They are currently feasting on the nectar and pollen of Ribes sanguineum, Floweing currant. The first inspection was quick, measured and yielded a task list for the next visit- queen excluders and supers need to go on as the dandelion flow had started last week and, the space needed for that wet nectar plus unused ivy stores, is taking up valuable laying space for our queens, and if this was not resolved, could lead to early swarming. Unfortunately we are unable to run any training courses at present, and yet beginners from the last two or three years will need support during swarm season and in their first attempts to rear extra queens. We will ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2020, 4:13 PM by Helen Mooney
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