• Beefayre at This Morning Live

    We are delighted to be part of the first ever This Morning Live Show 18-21 May, at NEC Birmingham.  Come and see us on Stand B343. We are doing a special tasting session at the show with our honey, pollen and propolis as well as offering free packets of ‘seeds for bees’ to the first 50 customers on the stand each day.  https://www.theticketfactory.com/thismorninglive/online/
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  • Update on the EU Pesticide Moratorium

    This is perhaps useful for all of us to know and understand. The partial two year EU pesticide moratorium came to an end in January this year. I couldn’t find any statements or results of the official government out come so I contacted Dave Goulson (British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex) who informed me that the EFSA – the European food safety authority are not now likely to produce a recommendation on neonics until September. It must be said the UK voted against the moratorium but the EU enforced that. Sadly bees are rather attracted to crops treated with neonics, they actually like the buzz…So in a nutshell: the partial ban is still in place for certain cropping situations as the  lobbying from both sides continues. So the EU c...
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  • Seeds for Bees

    Bee Happy! We have just completed our biggest ever ‘Seeds for Bees’ giveaway. This year we teamed up with the lovely people at Fothergills to send out thousands of packets of snap dragon seeds. It’s part of our annual 3% donation and ongoing commitment to plant up much needed habitat for our hard working pollinators.   If you have received a packet, get planting this Spring and send us pictures via social media as we would love to see the fruits of your labour! https://www.facebook.com/beefayre https://uk.pinterest.com/beefayreloves https://www.instagram.com/beefayreloves https://twitter.com/beefayre
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  • Creating Bee Habitats

    This excellent new research has just published! In a nutshell if we plant an area with wild flowers that area will yield 4 times as many bumble bees, so its some thing we can all do and get involved with. The scientists used a combination of different approaches (habitat manipulation, land-use and habitat surveys, demographic and spatial modeling and molecular genetics) to come to a robust overview as to the effects of habitat quality (i.e. wildflower availability) on bumblebee survivability. It was found availability of access to wildflowers could markedly increase bumblebee survivability, by up to four times compared to control, or having no wildflower access in an agricultural landscape. The main things to take away from this study is that diversity of wildflowers is very important ...
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  • Beefayre at the WI Fair, London.

    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.

    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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