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Beekeeper’s Notes: I’ve Joined The Ranks Of The Umarell Looking Down Holes In The Road

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon It is still quiet on the beekeeping front. There was some excitement when the roof was blown off a hive in the garden. The…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.249

By Malcolm Fincham High pressure continued its iron-like grip over Europe and the southern regions of the UK, bringing mostly dry and above average temperatures into the first weeks of…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Size Doesn’t Matter (Says Study Into Gardens)

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon January is another quiet month for beekeepers. The bees are all hunkered down with the cold weather. And, just as they have been doing…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.248

By Malcolm Fincham High pressure continued to be stubbornly centred over southern England and northern France throughout the latter weeks of January. Its awkward position was not far north enough…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.247

By Malcolm Fincham Having surpassed my yearly ambition of seeing 200 species of birds on my UK travels in 2021, despite not taking up my annual invite to visit the…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Thoughts On Varroa Treatment And Of An Extraordinary Man

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon It is the time of year for varroa treatment again. Varroa, a tiny mite which lives off honeybee adults and larvae, arrived in the…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.246

By Malcolm Fincham December opened its door with a cold start. At Britten’s Pond, what had been a wet and overcast day, gave way to sunshine and showers just an…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.245

By Malcolm Fincham November 17 brought with it a long-awaited full day of sunshine to the Surrey Hills. And the opportunity of getting some colour back to my photos. The…

Beekeeper’s Notes: The Bees Are Keeping Each Other Warm

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon All very quiet on the bee front at this time of year. It’s too cold for them to fly so we don’t see them…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.244

By Malcolm Fincham November brought with it our first few ground frosts in localised areas of Surrey. A meandering flow in the Jet Stream brought alternating cool and warm air…