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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…

Beekeeper’s Notes June 2017: Mind the (June) Gap

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about why June isn’t necessarily busting out all over for bees. We have had the beautiful…

Beekeeper’s Notes May ’17 – Three Foot or Three Miles?

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about a possible flaw in the phenomenal navigational ability of bees. It is astonishing how far…

Beekeeper’s Notes April 2017: Foreign Invaders From Europe

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about unwanted beasts from abroad. If there is a sight to put fear into people,…

Beekeeper’s Notes March 2017: Stop Press – Hive Roof Blown Off In High Wind

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about winter travails. We have had a few days this year so far when we…

Beekeeper’s Notes February 2017 – Dreaded Regulation In Beekeeping

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In the latest of his monthly notes, he talks about regulations reaching all parts of beekeeping. It is about the time of the winter…

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