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Beekeeper’s Notes: Bees Live Four Times Longer In The Winter

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon It is probably the quietest time of the year for beekeepers. The bees are prepared for the winter, plenty of honey stores, a dry…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Spectacular Autumn Is Here And A Caterpillar Being Eaten By Fly Maggots

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The weather is drawing in, shorter days and a little bit colder and wetter. Just what we would expect and even hope for at…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Annual Debate On When The Central Heating Gets Turned On Starts

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The annual debate between wifes and husbands about when to turn on the central heating was triggered by the sudden drop in temperature at…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Don’t Kill Our Native Hornets Terrifying Though They Can Seem

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon I don’t know whether you have ever seen a hornet close up. They are huge, about half the size of your thumb. To see…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Bees Have Feelings Too

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon “Bees can count, recognise images of human faces and learn simple tool use and abstract concepts,” says Lars Chittka, professor of sensory and behavioural…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Bees Are Bringing In Nectar By The Box Load

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The summer flow is on now and the bees are bringing in nectar by the box load. Two of our strong hives have foraged…

Beekeeper’s Notes: It Isn’t Too Late To Avoid ‘Insectageddon’

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon Our bees are looking good. The spring nectar flow has finished now. We hope to extract honey soon and we are expecting a good…

Notice: Come See The Bees At Guildford Beekeepers Open Day At Birtley House, Sunday, May 29, 2pm – 4:30pm

Guildford Beekeepers Association are holding an Open Day at Birtley House, Bramley GU5 0LB on Sunday, May 29 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. Free entry. There will be cream teas, honey…

Beekeeper’s Notes: New Broom Sweeping Clean In The Apairy

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon There is a change in our household. My (very definitely) better half is getting more involved in the Coakley bees and the new broom…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Bees Must Adjust To The Early Seasons

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon Isn’t the weather lovely! Cold at night but dry and sunny during the day. The bees are enjoying it as well, flying whenever they…

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