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Great Taste Awards 2017 3 Star Winner

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Great Taste Awards 2017 3 Star Winner

    P R E S S  R E L E A S E   The London Bee Company is among the Great Taste winners of 2017   Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, The London Bee Company was awarded a 3-star Great Taste award, which means the product was described by judges as exquisite and wow for its Summer Honey.  Judges said it was a fabulously textured honey with clearly urban aromatics.  It's...

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July Nectar Flow

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July Nectar Flow

July Nectar Flow – It seems like the main nectar flow has started.  A week ago the hives seemed to be going through the dreaded ‘June gap’ and had consumed a bit of their spring stores.  As I went down to the apiary to do the weekly inspections, I was very much surprised by how much honey the bees had managed to collect since my last visit about a week ago.  A couple of the hives have already filled up 3 supers and it looks like they have a long way still to go.  The huge number of lime trees...

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Honeybees and Pollination

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Honeybees and Pollination

Honeybees and Pollination - When setting up the apiary last year, we decided to plant some fruit trees in front of the hives as a natural way to make the bees’ flight path more elevated rather than using an unattractive fence. It definitely worked and the bees take off flying right over the trees and out of the way of anyone passing by.  It also offers some cover from unwanted attention which is an added bonus. Since we are finally in the flowering/fruiting period, the effect of having fruit trees so close to the hives is amazing.  We had planted plums,...

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Honey Bee Swarm Collection

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Honey Bee Swarm Collection

Honey Bee Swarm Collection – The London Bee Company This week has been pretty busy.  We’ve had swarm calls every day, and of the places we attended, 1 was a tiny swarm which we rehoused in a 5-frame nuc, the second was a case of mistaken identity (bumble bees) and today, it was quite a large swarm – probably the size of 2 pineapples.  The bees definitely have a sense of humour and chose to position their cluster about 1 foot from the footpath in an industrial estate near Heathrow airport.  They were considerate enough to stay only a few...

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Rescuing Honey Bees

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Rescuing Honey Bees

Rescuing Honey Bees – The London Bee Company I received a call on Wednesday about some Honey Bees which had made a home for themselves under the floor boards by the front entrance of a house.Luckily, they called me before resorting to the exterminators hoping we could save the bees and re-house them in a new hive. (Apologies for the picture quality, I forgot to take my camera so these have come off a phone) These Honey Bees obviously had shopping in mind since they had opted to establish themselves right by Westfield shopping centre in West London.Once we had...

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