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Although we don’t do many honey bee colony removals, Mark was pleased to be persuaded into taking this one. It was a whooper, with several buckets of honey and boxes of brood. Having located the queen, this strong, good natured colony was safely moved to our bee breeding unit.
You may notice a few very large bumble bees flying about at this time of year. These queens bumblebees are occasionally caught out by the unpredictable weather in early spring. Read on to to find out what to do with an exhausted queen bumblebee at home…
We are offering 20% off to all those registered with Country Living for their Artisan Pop Up event this weekend. Register now to receive an event guide and some exciting discount code from participating artisans.
Know someone who's interested in having bees but doesn't know where to start? Our half-day Beekeeping Introductory course makes a lovely gift. We're taking bookings now for courses in 2020. We had some great feed back this year with The Bee Intro Course proving...
What we’re making and packing this month
Our NEW Gardeners Hand Salve
Rose and Luxury lip balms
This month, we’ve spotted bees feeding on …
May blossom, iris, olearia [NZ daisy bush), potentilla, ceanothus, deadnettle, red campion, euphorbia, comfrey, rosemary, camassia, mock orange, poppies, catmint, thyme, chives, bugle, all sorts of fruit blossom, especially loganberry, raspberry and strawberry.