Notes from the Field

Beekeeping facts, flowers in bloom and outdoors living.

July is about...

wild-swimming, long evenings and camping.

From the beekeeper

“It’s been a slow start to the season with all this rain, but the bees are enjoying the warmer weather and the apple blossom here in Melplash.”

News in Brief

Bees, the outdoors and natural living. There’s more in the archives »

Removing a Honey Bee Colony

Removing a Honey Bee Colony

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.

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Helping Out Tired Bumblebees

Helping Out Tired Bumblebees

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…

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Beekeeping Courses in West Dorset

Beekeeping Courses in West Dorset

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...

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What we’re making and packing this month

2nd batch of our new Gardeners Hand Salve

Dog balm and salve

 

 

This month, we’ve spotted bees feeding on …

Single roses, sage, potentilla, ceanothus, deadnettle, comfrey, mock orange, poppies, catmint, thyme, chives, fruit blossom, especially loganberry, raspberry and blackberry

 

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