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Beekeeper’s Notes: It’s Been A funny Old Year

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon Every year around this time I find myself reflecting on the beekeeping year that’s gone. There isn’t much to do as the bees are…

Beekeeper’s Notes: The Astonishing Chelsea Flower Show

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon My better half and I had a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show last week. Not being much of a gardener, my observations were…

Beekeeper’s Notes: The Swarm That Decided To Leave

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The “little surprise” that turned up on the allotment last month, a small swarm with a laying queen, decided that it wasn’t for them…

Beekeeper’s Notes: A little Surprise Turns Up On The Allotment

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon One of the great pleasures of beekeeping is the unexpected. A colony you are convinced has no queen suddenly starts to produce brood. A…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Weather, Feeding Bees And Identifying Bumble Bees

Beekeeper’s Notes: Weather, Feeding Bees And Identifying Bumble Bees

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the summer starting. Wimbledon is here so it won’t be during the tennis.…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Starving Hive Is A Horrible Sight

By Hugh Coakley It’s a horrible thing to see a hive starving. Dead bees on the floor, others with their heads deep into the comb seeking the last of the…

Beekeeper’s Notes: What To Do about A Disappearing Queen

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon It hasn’t been a good month for our bees. It’s not going to be a good honey year as we have lost another hive.…

Beekeeper’s Notes: A Surprise In The Hive

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The beekeeper’s season has well and truly started. The first hive inspections of the year are a bit nerve wracking. You don’t quite know…

Beekeeper’s Notes: The Weatherman Says Spring Is Here

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon Beekeepers are talking about the first inspection of the hives after the winter. It won’t be for a couple of weeks yet. It’s still…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Critical Time For Bees

Beekeeper’s Notes: Critical Time For Bees

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon It is a quiet time of the year for bees and beekeepers. The current talk is about how our colonies are doing in the…