Bumblebees in late November

“Just heard buzzing from Strawberry tree (arbutus unedo) in back garden. roshe run It turned out to be two very active bumblebees moving quite quickly around the bush between blossoms.
We live in Surrey 500 ft ASL on North Downs – outside temp 6 C.”

Thanks to Tim Everitt for sharing this with us. air max thea blanche If you see bees out late in the year, Mochilas Kanken Mini please let us know which plant or tree they are foraging on.

Starvation Risk for our bees

Message from National Bee Unit

April 2012 – Starvation Risk

With the on-going poor weather, nike air max flyknit 2017 there is a real risk of bee colonies starving. nike air max 95 Please check for stores in the colony and if in any doubt feed your bees. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Sale You should feed with either a fondant or a thin syrup.

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Sweet words

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Battersea Honey – A Poem
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Just some of the comments people have made about our honey over the years.

Bees working the early pollen of the hazel trees.

London 23rd Feb 2012

I knew that the bees were going to be out today since the temperature reached 18 degrees today in London (Feb 23rd) and indeed all the hives were busy with bees flying and bring back pollen.

I had a look around to see what they might be working and no surprise to see the bees on the hazel catkins. nike air max 2015 They were loving it. nike huarache It is such an important plant for early pollen.

So I took some snaps which can be seen on the gallery pages of our website.

Newcastle bees

I’m going to Scotswood Natural Community Garden in Newcastle tomorrow. Newcastle featured strongly in Bees in the City because the council was leading an initiative to make the city bee-friendly. basket nike air max When I went up to research the book, Scotswood had just got European funding for 6 hives on its 2 acre site and to offer free beekeeping classes. soldes nike air max 2018 It will be fascinating to see how it’s going. nike air presto Is urban beekeeping as popular in the north-east as it is in London? Do they face the same challenges and how are their bees coping with this wet summer? They have a good blog about their bee project with useful information about bee-friendly plants. Mochilas Kanken They’ve asked me to speak about urban beekeeping but I’ve got lots of questions to ask them. air max soldes pas cher I’m really looking forward to seeing the garden.

Out comes the hammer and nails

The crocus are just coming out, nike air max flyknit the winter honeysuckle has bees on it and the hazel catkins are nearly ready with their pollen so it time to clear some space and make up some brood frames in preparation of the brood comb change and the spring clean.
And that is what I have been doing for the past hour.
I’m getting itchy now to get on with my beekeeping.
No more cold weather now,

King’s Cross honey

Have just made a delivery of honey to A Gold in Spitalfields E1. nike chaussures Despite the scarcity of honey this year due to the wet summer, nike air max 90 femme gris rose we are delighted to be able to supply this delightful deli with a few jars of honey from our King’s Cross hives. air max soldes pas cher They have stocked our Battersea honey for a number of years, Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Classic and have sang its praises, nike flyknit lunar but now that Urban Bees has moved east we no longer have hives in that part of London.

Bumblebees in late November

A colleague just told me that he had a fright on Saturday night when he hard a noisy buzzing sound coming from his right shoulder. nike tn He run into the garden, Mochilas Kanken España pulled off his jumper in a panic (he is not a beekeeper) and shook the jumper until a large bumblebee fell to the ground. Comprar mochilas kanken It was sunny during the day in London, soldes air max pas cher so I assume she’d be lured out of her nest by the warm rays and then ended up in his house later attracted by the central heating. cheap fjallraven kanken Backpack She would obvioulsy die from the cold after being shaken from my colleagues jumper, nike roshe run so this mild weather can’t be good for the bumblebee population. nike dunk Yet bees have been around for millions of year and this can’t be the only warm November they’ve experienced.