Hosting a beehive in 2012?

We know our bee map is widely used. Kanken NO.2 UK But we’re never quite sure how successful it is matching beekeepers without a suitable hive location with hive hosters, so it was nice to hear from Kate Ulrick at the Quaker Meeting House.
After putting up a marker on the map earlier this year she was contacted a few weeks later by Louis who had a hive full of bees and all the equipment. Fjallraven Kanken NO.2 Kate is the warden at the Quaker Meeting House just off St Martins Lane in London’s west end. nike air max flyknit 2017 She lives on site and wanted to keep bees in the garden there. nike flyknit lunar Louis was delighted to have a location so near to the abundant forage of St James’ park. Fjallraven Kanken Sale He’d been using the map for a while to find a site for his bees. “It was a pleasure to discover the map contained a wealth of good locations with friendly and enthusiastic people”, he says.
Members of the Quaker community have been invited to look at the hive which is an usual apemaye hive – a big plastic box designed in Turkey – which some predict is the future of beekeeping.
In the spring, Kate says they may engage a small interested group to help with basic hive maintenance. Fjallraven Kanken Classic “I recognised the potential of developing beekeeping into more of a community project,” she says. “There is lots of interests from the community of Quakers. However, the space that the hive is located in at the moment, doesn’t leave much room for crowding round”. Nike Air Max 1 Femme Louis says he will be collaborating with his hosts on all aspects of beekeeping including the harvesting and consumption of any future honey.

We look forward to hearing about their progress in 2012.

Wolff Olins bees

Another Wednesday brought the group together to have a look at the bees on the roof of Wolff Olins .

After a rainy day the weather cleared enough for us to have a look at the 2 hives.

Hive 1 is developing well. nike sb Expanded onto more frames and were well behaved.

Hive 2 wasn’t so well behaved and were a bit touchy.

Capital Bee’s Wednesday’s 23rd session.

Before going out to look at the bees we had a chat about swarming and supercedure. Fjallraven Kanken Cheap Nice article on supercedure and queen cells here
I swapped a couple of the groups so that they would have a chance to see the difference between a new nuc colony and an established colony.
Hive 1 is coming along well.
Hive 2 had more queen cells. nike air max tn Since the queen was seen as well as eggs and young larvae we decided to tear down all the queen cells. Fjallraven Kanken UK We can then have a look next week to see what’s going on then. nike internationalist Next weke may take the queen away and put her in a nuc box and let the colony develop a new queen.
Hive 3 strong and busy.

History of city beekeeping

We didn’t have much luck researching the history of beekeeping in London for our book Bees in the City, nike tn pas cher homme but Mikey at Capital Bee has unearthed these amazing British Pathe news reels from 1937 and 1952 and 1958 that clearly demonstrate what we suspected all along, nike air force 1 that people have been keeping bees in London for some time. Mochilas Fjällräven Kanken Tienda Adelaide House, Fjällräven Kånken near Tower Bridge, Fjallraven Kanken Backpacks a building on Fleet Street, and Waterloo Station are the locations for these city hives. Fjallraven Kanken Mini

Urban beekeeping maybe not have been on the scale we are seeing now in the pre and post war years, nike air max 90 but an interesting figure quoted in one of films of there being 116,000 beekeepers in Britain,

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The second round of the Capital Bee community beekeeping competition is now live and community groups can apply any time up to the closing date of 21st March. nike air max 2015

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Capital Bee – inspection of the hives on Thursday 16th

Due to inclement weather on our regular Wednesday night’s session we didn’t get to look at the bees so I dropped into Camley Street on the following day to have a hive inspection.

Paul and Silvio managed to find the time to join me and we looked through the hives together.

Hive 1 (nearest the entrance). nike huarache This hive had swarmed earlier in the year and the new queen had started to lay around 12 days ago. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Sale We saw 4 frames of brood in all stages (eggs, larvae and pupae). They have still to fill out the brood box which they are doing niceley. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Sale The super box had some honey in it but there are still a few frames that need to be drawn out. nike air max 95 I took of the 2nd empty super since they don’t need that now.

Hive 2 – I found 2 capped queen cells and 3 uncapped queen cells with larvae in it. We saw the blue marked queen. tn nike This might mean that they are superceding. Fjallraven Kanken Cheap I left it as it was so we can see by next week what happens.

Hive 3 was very strong. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack It has a brood and a half (brod box and a super box as the brood chamber). They super was full of working bees so we added another super.

HIve 4 (the new nuc) is developing slowly.

Solitary bee habitats

Following the article in The Observer on 7 August about the importance of our 200 odd solitary bees as pollinators, we’ve been contacted by a number of people asking for more information about how to make bee hotels (houses) and nests for bumblebees. nike air max 2017 There are a few websites with some good step by step guides. acheter chaussures nike The Bee Guardian Foundation has details on how to build a bee house and a bumblebee box, though my understanding is that bumble bee boxes have a low success rate – better to leave a pile of leaves in the garden or try burying an upturned tea pot – the queen bee may go in the spout and make her nest in the pot. nike air max flyknit Conservation charity, Bug Life, also provides a blueprint for making bee nests and bee hotels. nike magista While the BBC’s Bee Part of It campaign shows you how to make a wood pile in your garden as a wildlife habitat.

A reader of the article, SteB1, also pointed out that many species of solitary bee need other types of nesting site other than bee hotels. fjallraven kanken Backpack uk Mining Bees, for example, often like sandy banks and exposed soil in which to make their underground nests. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Big He also says; “The other thing to note, is that whilst called solitary bees, because they don’t have a complex multi-individual nest society. In some ways they are anything but solitary.

Beekeeping in Mumbai

The latest city dwellers to embrace urban beekeeping are residents of Mumbai. Fjallraven Kanken Backpacks Courses have just began at a local nature park in the Indian city attended by 25 people. nike air max 2012 What’s interesting is the reasons the potential urban beekeepers give for wanting to keep bees. There’s the health-conscious chartered accountant who wants to produce his own honey, the resident who has read that antibiotics are used in the honey manufacatured by big brands in India (that’s why it’s banned coming in to the EC) and wants a pure honey, and the young woman who wants to sell honey at an organic farmers’ market. nike chaussures So it seems to more about honey than the reasons people give in the UK about reconnecting with nature, increasing the number of pollinators and saving bees.

The programme is run by social enterprise Under the Mango Tree and uses the indigenous eastern honey bee, Apis cerana, rather than our more profilic honey-making but poorly western honey bee, Apis mellifera. Using indigenous honeybees should be encouraged in projects all over the world whether they are promoting urban beekeeping or alleviating poverty through the keeping of bees. basket nike tn Under the Mango Tree’s main project in India is teaching subsistance farmers to keep Apis cerana to increase yields of their crops. They have had some amazing results: 227% increased yield of green peppers; 160% cashew nuts and 128% beans. The farmers’ sell any honey to UtMT which then sell it on to delis, restaurants and hotels in Mumbai and use the profits to reinvest in training more farmers. nike roshe run 2017 Some 1500 have been trained so far. Mochilas Kanken Baratas In five year, it aims to have 10,000 farmers keeping Apis cerana.

Income for the farmers, who are tribal and marginalised, has increased by an average 40%. nike air presto The project is all the more remarkable because the Indian government continues to import and encourage the use of the western honey bee by farmers.

Mad About Meadows

Went to the launch of Mad about Meadows yesterday, nike air max 90 femme a project to increase meadows across London, nike flyknit lunar that draws its inspiration from the wildflower meadows that will form a centrepiece of the Olympic Park. Mochilas Fjällräven Kanken Tienda Thank goodness however that there were no plans to create a gimmickie 2012 new meadows by 2012 . nike air max 2018 This project is about pulling together and encouraging and promoting groups already doing this work such as London Wildlife Trust and River of Flowers and trying to get Londoners to create mini-meadows in their gardens, nike homme pas cher window boxes and on roof terraces.

One brilliant suggestion was that we should also use the project to help the struggling Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum) which is endangered and is now only found in the Thames Gateway area where the Olympic site is located.

Brian McCallum – poster boy!

The results of that photo shoot at Camley Street on a cold January day can now be seen on the back page of today’s Guardian. nike tn femme The Co-op has made Urban Bees ‘saving bees in central London’ a main plank of its new join the revolution campaign. air max thea Bit of a shock to see myself that big, tn nike but if it helps raise more awareness about bees it’s all to the good.


And look out for a new TV series about British food, nike air presto The Great British Food Revival, starting on Wednesday 9 March, Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Infantil on BBC2. nike tn pas cher homme During the six week run,

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COOP session Tuesday 6th

We were rained of on Tuesday so we didn’t have a look at the bees ( I had a look yesterday and they are all expanding in the brood box nicely).

We heard the stories of the group’s bees – they have been there over a week now. Fjallraven Kanken All seemed to be ging well.

We had a look at The Natioanl Bee Units website which is full of usueful information and advisory leaflets –

Also home to the varroa calculator which lets you know the level of infestation and wether treatment is needed.