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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…

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: Wasps On The Rampage Again

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The wasps are at it again. Desperate for food in the last knockings of their short existence, they are investigating anything sweet and sticky…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Shaking Bees To Re-House Them

Beekeeper’s Notes: Shaking Bees To Re-House Them

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. There are some beekeeping techniques that can seem a bit drastic. A method called ‘shook swarm’, which is vigorously shaking bees into a new…

Beekeeper’s Notes March 2019: Bees Back In Early Action

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. The beautifully warm if unseasonal weather has brought the honey bees out in force. We are just starting to see the bumblebee queens emerging…

Beekeeper’s Notes August 2016: ‘Barefoot’ Beekeeping

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. In this month’s Beekeeper’s Notes, he talks about a hive that had been abandoned for years and the pros and cons of the bees doing their own…