What’s going on in the apiary

We’ve been out of touch for a while so I thought I’d give a brief update of the state of the apiary. Winter hasn’t been good to us. We went into the winter with nine colonies which is arguably too few in the first place and we came out of Wnter with eight. The colony we lost during the winter (more…)

Moving Bumblebee Nests

As the public become increasingly aware of the importance of bees we feel that we as beekeepers should also learn more about the many species of bees (both bumblebees and solitary bees as well as honeybees) that we and members of the public are likely to encounter in gardens, parks and so on. People generally like bees and do not (more…)

Mole Apiary

Often described as Molesey’s best kept secret, the Mole Apiary is situated in the heart of West Molesey. About 20 colonies of bees are kept here by trained beekeepers who are members of T&TVBKA.  The apiary garden and buildings are maintained by the beekeepers, all of whom are insured to keep bees on the premises and are responsible for their (more…)

You don’t see this very often

I was in the apiary the other day having a quick scan round the hives when I saw this at the entrance to one of the hives. At first glance, it looks like a beetle has been trying to get into the hive but the bees have caught it, killed it and have left it hanging outside the hive for (more…)

Asian Hornet in the wild

This is a video of Asian Hornets I took while on holiday in the south of France in 2017. It was shot in the grounds of a hotel. Apologies for the bad camerawork. It was the first time I had encountered live Asian hornets and I didn’t know how they would react to being filmed so I was a bit (more…)