• Beefayre at the WI Fair, London.

    23.03.2017
    We are pleased to announce Beefayre will be exhibiting at the The Women’s Institute Fair at Alexandra Palace, London, the fair takes place from 29th March to the 1st April. Celebrating the great British institution that is the WI, the event will offer four days of craft, creativity, shopping, learning and travel, all aimed at inspiring women. The Fair is open to all and welcomes WI members and non-members alike. As well as our stand selling Beefayre’s lovely selection of candles and body & bath products, our Founder Sharon Jervis will be doing a talk at the Travel & Lifestyle Theatre. The talk entitled ‘ The buzz about bees’ will take place on Wednesday 29th March at 1.15pm. For more information on the event head to – http://www.thewifair.co.uk
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  • Bees helping our plants grow larger and more fragrant.

    17.03.2017
    We all know we need bees for pollination, but you might be surprised to know that they can make flowers grow larger and be more fragrant. Swiss researchers at the University of Zurich, have found that plants evolve differently, depending on which insect is responsible for pollinating them. Tests using field mustard, a type of cabbage species, found plants grew three inches taller when pollinated by bumblebees, rather than hover flies, over just nine generations. Flowering earlier and with double the fragrance, also when placed under ultraviolet light, they had more colours, which bees are attracted to. Bees tend to seek out taller, more fragrant plants, which means the smaller less fragrant varieties miss out, allowing the taller plants to dominate. Because the Bee population is in dec...
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  • Bee Skills!

    13.03.2017
    Their brains may be tiny, around the size of a sesame seed, but it turns out bees are smarter than you may think. In research carried out by Clint J Perry, a cognitive neuroethologist (the study of animal brains) at Queen Mary University, London, he found they could count up to four, navigate complex environments and have memories and preferences for flowers. Perry also found you can give bees new skills by teaching bumblebees how to perform complex tasks. Tests such as pulling a string to access sugar water, helps the bees to learn a new skill and then those bees can then teach other bees how to do it. He commented – “We’re only in the early stages of understanding bee brains, but these findings make it even more important to protect them.” Checkout this video, showing a bumblebee pull...
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  • Don’t Kill Your Dandelions!

    09.03.2017
    Many people consider the dandelion to be a weed, yet it is the first flower source available to bees and other pollinators emerging from hibernation in the Spring. While in flower for most of the year, the dandelions peak flowering season is from late March to May. Each flower consists of up to a 100 florets, and every one of those are packed with nectar and pollen. With this in mind, instead of waging war on dandelions, allow them to flourish and you will see a host of insects, from bumblebees, honeybees, beetles and butterflies feasting on the flowers. Also, goldfinches and house sparrows will eat the seeds so nothing is wasted. A few interesting facts about Dandelions – Up until the 1800s, people would actively encourage the growth of dandelions and other useful “weeds” such as malv...
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  • Bumblebees

    08.03.2017
    Bumblebees are the first bees we are likely to see this time of year. The Queens are on the wing looking for food supplies and a suitable nest site in which to rear their young. When they¹ve found their nest site (often a disused mouse hole) they will collect pollen to store as food for their young larvae. When they are the right size the larvae will spin cocoons and pupate into adult bees. The queen stores her collected nectar into little wax cups. This will provide her with energy while she incubates her eggs. Buff tailed Queens are the first to be seen of the 7 commoner bumble- bees. Hopefully this will inspire you to plant and grow early flowering  nectar rich plants such as crocus, heather, aconite, winter rose, Mahonia and hyacinth. Rhs.org.uk provide lots of information on plant...
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  • Whoops a Daisy!

    24.02.2017
    Whoops! Scientists have discovered that bees make a ‘whoops’ exclamation when they bump into each other by accident. Bees produce vibrations with their wing muscles and these are used to communicate within the hive. This particular vibration was thought to mean ‘stop’ or perhaps a request for food, but new research has proved this not to be the case. To read the full article and actually listen to bees whoopsing, go to the New Scientist website, it may be the cutest thing you hear all day. https://www.newscientist.com/…/2121275-honeybees-let-out-a…/
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