• Feeding Bees Sugar Water?

    Advice has recently been doing the rounds encouraging people to feed exhausted bees sugar water. This may potentially do more harm than good. Some of this advice seems to have been put out by a facebook page referred to as “Sir David Attenborough” which has nothing to do with the great man and has since been taken down after giving out a variety of pseudoscientific, misguided information. Both honeybee and bumblebee worker bees have very short natural lifespans during the summer months, and by feeding individual worker bees sugar water, you may inadvertently aid in their spreading disease and/or parasites in their colonies. Honey is worse in a sense as it may itself contain disease causing microbes. One exception to this rule of feeding bees may be the feeding of sugar wa...
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  • Save Our Roadside Verges.

    Our roadside verges having always been a major resource for wildflowers, bees, birds and other wild life  but they are under serious threat from local councils cutting too early in the season. A cut as late in the year as possible is all thats needed, late August, or early September Teo cuts are not needed and a gross waste of tax payers money. The biodiversity of this much maligned habitat needs our protection so please do your bit and sign this petition and ask your friend to as well. Lobby your local county council, email your MP ! But get involved. Pressure needs applying. http://plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk/roadvergecampaign#letter-to-you
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  • Propolis

    Propolis is an amazing substance made by the bees. They collect the saps and resins from about 256 species of plants and trees in the UK and take it back to the hive in order to sanitise and waterproof their handy work, they have been known to mummify winter invaders such as mice, should they dare enter their hive! Propolis though, is not known in this country but is known as ‘a medicine cabinet in a jar’… This substance has antibacterial, antifungal anti-viral properties and can be taken orally and applied externally. It has a multitude of purposes offering a cure for many topical inflammations and internal upsets! It contains hundreds of different flavonoids which have biological activity, and these will always vary with the species and proportion of species of plants in the vic...
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  • Update On Bee Harming Pesticides.

    So a much needed update on the recent news involving bee harming pesticides….here in the UK at least, the toxicology studies on the pesticides in the past have not been only funded by but also conducted by the pesticide companies themselves, such as Bayer and Synenta. It is a case of foxes guarding the hen house, and not difficult to see how scientific objectivity could be being skewed here, pesticides being a multi-billion pound industry to these companies…they want farmers to buy and use pesticides and they consistently speak out against research showing they could pose a risk to bees, pollinators and other invertebrates (their studies have also been shown to have a number of major limitations by independent scientists, being very poor at examining sub-lethal effects, lon...
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  • Bee Tonic

    Our Beefayre Bee Tonic is a traditional and ancient Romanian recipe, made up for us in situ in Romania. It is made with raw honey (principally acacia, which doesn’t crystallise, remaining liquid), bee pollen and propolis. These various products of the beehive are well known for their nutritional and medicinal benefits… consuming them together in this form, one is likely to gain the benefit of an entourage effect, whereby the total effect of these ingredients is greater than the sum of the individual compounds found within. The principal bioactive compounds found in these various beehive derived products appear to be flavonoids, derived from the plants the bees have been visiting. So this paste can be considered as a potent nutritional tonic that may support the immune system and aid in ...
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  • Bee Symposium

    Recently I attended a Mini Bee Symposium at the University of Northampton with Sam Gandy. Sam presented a paper on bumble bee and honey bee competition on lavender. It was an eventful and interesting afternoon and evening with presentations from an assortment of bee biologists from around the world, on projects under research in Israel, China, Tenerife, North America and obviously the UK. Stephen Falk opened up the sessions with a talk on breaking down barriers on bee identification. He is the UK’s top guy in bee identification, and there are 275 species to date! He recently produced the most comprehensive guide to bee identification in the UK, a guide well worth purchasing if you want to learn more about bee’s! We are hoping to have Steve here to run bee identification course here thi...
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