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Beekeeper’s Notes April 2018: It’s All Kicking Off Again

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about the new season starting again. It’s has been a lovely, seasonal month. ‘In like a lion and out like a lamb’…

Beekeeper’s Notes March 2018: Hayfever And Honey

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about whether local honey can help hayfever sufferers. Does local honey cure hayfever? There are different views ranging from the sceptical ‘No, it’s…

Beekeeper’s Notes February 2018: All For One And One For All

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about the lack of ego-trips in a hive. It’s been nice and cold over the last few weeks so the bees are…

Beekeeper’s Notes January 2018: ‘Meat Seeking Missiles’

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about launching bee hives at the enemy, the state of play in the apiary and…

Beekeeper’s Notes December 2017: B Plus For Learning

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about how new research is forcing us to look at bees in a completely new way. At last the weather is seasonally cold…

Beekeeper’s Notes November 2017: Lunch At The Ivy

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about the unsung autumn hero that feeds so many birds and insects. Even though it is autumn and getting chillier by the day, the…

Beekeeper’s Notes October 2017: The British Black Bee

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about how the British native black bee may be making a comeback within these shores. It is interesting to see how an…

Beekeeper’s Notes September 2017: Marauding Wasps, Honey And A Lot Going On

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about why wasps are so intrusive in late summer and why the bees get defensive. And the jobs that need doing ……..…

Beekeeper’s Notes August 2017: Bees Countdown To Christmas

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about how the bees are busy now preparing for the winter season to come. All summer, the bees have been out there at…

Beekeeper’s Notes July 2017: Try The Windscreen Test!

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about the windscreen test for counting insects. I remember many years ago driving towards the coast with my brothers…

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