Honey and veganism

As somebody who is working towards a more plant-based diet, I was perplexed when I discovered The Vegan Society’s stance on honey. So I checked out the Society’s website (The Vegan Society) and was surprised by the mixture of half-truths, mis-understandings and even mild hypocrisy I found there. Whilst many of the Society’s assertions maybeContinue reading “Honey and veganism”

Honey

Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by Apis mellifera bees from the nectar of plants. It’s loaded with healthy plant compounds and has been linked to several health benefits. If you are interested in buying locally produced honey and hive products, please click here Local honey Nutritional value of honey Honey is high inContinue reading “Honey”

Gardening for pollinators

Most of us enjoy our outside spaces and whether you have a balcony or a country pile, it’s possible to have a positive effect on the environment and enjoy your garden by making small changes to help our butterflies, bees and birds. Garden flowers are an important source of food for pollinators. The nectar providesContinue reading “Gardening for pollinators”

Honey processing

Uncapping and spinning To spin out your honey, you will need an extractor and there are various options to consider before purchasing one. Click here for further information. Honey extractors After you’ve spun out your honey, you need to filter it to remove fragments of wax and other hive debris. To do so, run theContinue reading “Honey processing”

National Bee Unit advisory

Message received from National Bee Unit, 13.00 Friday 27 November 2020 Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food. Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size BritishContinue reading “National Bee Unit advisory”

Healthy bee plan 2030

DEFRA launches its Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to help protect honey bees Here is the press release from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Rebecca Pow MP.There are links to more detailed information about the new plan and plenty background reading for the inquisitive but the two main ‘what can I do’Continue reading “Healthy bee plan 2030”

Counting varroa

The National Bee Unit recommends two simple methods for counting varroa for the purpose of monitoring levels of mite infestation throughout the season. The simplest method is demonstrated in Denise’s video and has the advantages that it does not disturb the bees and gives an accurate indication of varroa levels even when there is aContinue reading “Counting varroa”