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Bee Pollen Collection

Bee Pollen Collection

Bee Pollen The good weather seems to have turbocharged the bees.   After my weekly inspection I found the hives full of pollen. This got me thinking, I had bought a pollen trap a year ago and never used i! I decided to give it a go and put it on the strongest colony to see if i could successfully collect some pollen. Initially, the bees were very confused when they came across the new entrance and clustered on the face of the hive. After about 20 minutes, they started using the new entrance and going through the trap doors.  I...

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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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Finally the start of the Beekeeping Season

Finally the start of the Beekeeping Season

Winter is the quiet period for the beekeeping year and there is generally not much to be done in terms of active beekeeping.  I’ve not had much time to update the project page, but finally as the season starts, I’m dedicating all my time to the project now. Winter Update Before I get into the current goings on in the apiary, I’ll just update you with what happened over the winter months. Treating for Varoa – At the end of October I did a varoa check and fortunately the count was very low.  None the less I treated the bees...

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Introduction of colony 2

Introduction of colony 2

I introduced the second colony into the apiary today.  It was a little cold, so I didnt want to take the lid off for a photo session.  Hopefully later this week the weather will be a bit warmer and I will check up on the bees and how well they have stocked up on winter stores.

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