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Colonies update

Colonies update

Ducklington swarm arrive at the apiaryWe are sad to have to report that the first swarm that we had been brought didn’t make it.  As we posted , it had been transported a fair distance,  in a closed plastic bag by a pestaker,… Continue reading

Our third colony

Our third colony

Harry and Melvin were called back to Witney today, as the swarm that they were called out to yesterday had returned. 

It was to be the first swarm that Harry and Melvin had collected unassisted and so… Continue reading

Didcot 0 Witney 0

Didcot 0 Witney 0

Harry and I went to try to pick up a swarm of bees in Didcot, but sadly,5 minutes before before we arrived we got a call to say the swarm had moved. 

When we got there… Continue reading

Update on colonies

Update on colonies

I am pleased to report that both our colonies seem to be doing well.  The new colony appear to have made the smoothest possible trnsition into their new home and against all the odds, our first colony… Continue reading

second colony (Hopefully)

Second colony (Hopefully)

Our friend and sympathetic pestaker, Dave Hazell, brought us a swarm this afternoon.  He had taken good care of it  and we thank him so much for this.

Harry and Melvin carefully transferred the bees from a… Continue reading

lost virginity

lost virginity

Harry became the first of us to be stung this afternoon, as he was showing a friend around and explaining to his friend that he should remain calm and not wave his arms around!

You will be happy… Continue reading

First bees!

First bees!

Melvin and Harry in their new bee suitsOn wednesday, 23rd May, 2012, a ‘pestaker’, brought us a swarm.  It had been brought from near Tetbury, about 40 minutes away.  Annoyingly and upsettingly, the bees had been shoved into a plastic bag and gappa taped, before… Continue reading

Apiary ready!

Apiary ready!

apiary ready for hivesThe Apiary area is all ready to go.  The protective fencing is in place and the concrete bases have been laid to hold the hives.(see photo). 

The warre hives are fully prepared and ready to be populated.  When the weather… Continue reading

Landscapers and beehive areas

Landscapers and beehive areas

We have had the landscapers in and blueprint drawings and plans have been made.  This will involve many bee friendly plants flowers, trees and shrubs.

Peter and Alan have been busy knocking in posts which will allow… Continue reading

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