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Beekeeper’s Notes December 2015 – Cluster Buster

Hugh Coakley, from Worplesdon, writes about what bees get up to in the winter! People often ask if honey bees hibernate during the winter. Well, the simple answer is that…

Beekeeper’s Notes November 2015 – Waggle Dance Detectives

Beekeeper’s Notes November 2015 – Waggle Dance Detectives

Hugh Coakley writes about the astounding distances that bees fly and how our sleuth academics have worked it out. It isn’t often that we have the pleasure of meeting and…

Beekeeper’s Notes October 2015

A Mite Troubling. Hugh Coakley writes about the mite that breeds and feeds on the poor beleaguered honeybee. Something very nasty is going on in our beehives. It is hard to spot…

Beekeeper’s Notes September 2015

Drones Over Guildford In this month’s Beekeeper’s Notes, Hugh Coakley talks about exploding genitalia and being eaten by wasps, all part of the highs and lows in the life of…

‘Meet The Bee’ – Your Chance For A Fascinating New Experience

The first time you see a beehive opened in front of you is a memorable experience. It is certainly one us beekeepers remember. Reactions can be a mixture of surprise…

Beekeeper’s Notes August 2015

So Much Owed To So Many By So Few In the latest in a series of Hugh Coakley’s Beekeeper’s Notes, he writes about harvesting honey. It’s about now when beekeepers around the…

Beekeeper’s Notes July 2015

Bees Dying By The Hundred! In the latest in a series of Hugh Coakley’s Beekeeper’s Notes, he writes about one of the disease problems that bee colonies face. American scientists recently reported that planet…

Beekeeper’s Notes June 2015

The Queen is dead – Long live the honeybee queen In the second of beekeeper Hugh Coakley’s diary notes he describes how honeybees work only for the best interests of their colony, not the queen.…

Beekeeper’s Notes: May 2015

Introducing a new regular column by beekeeper Hugh Coakley from Worplesdon. He has been keeping bees for six years and certainly knows a good deal about about the fascinating and complex lives of…