A swarm at a wedding

We went to a wedding knowing that a swarm of bees was hanging high up on the 11th century church.  I left the empty hive on a dustbin and, when we came out, they had taken up residence. The swarm would be hanging on the church because the ‘scouts’ would have identified a place to…

Black Bees

I am surprised to learn that a small sample of our black bees have shown themselves to be 90-94% Apis mellifera mellifera as a result of genetic analysis undertaken by Dr Mark Barnett of Beebytes Analytics CIC. During the 1950’s very many Italian queens were imported into this country and so it was very normal…

Animals found in beehives

The pygmy shrew often spends the winter in the inner cover of a beehive where he eats dead bees and leaves a pile of black excrement in a convenient corner.  When we find the pygmy shrews they are often dead, probably from ingesting too much venom.  They do little or no damage to a hive…

Honeycomb

Honeycomb

Honeycomb is made of beeswax.  Beeswax is made by young bees from the nectar of flowers.  Generally they make it during hot weather in the Summer when there is a ‘honeyflow’ and nectar is being secreted by flowers.  The wax is kneaded into honeycomb which is then used to store the honey which is being…

Trees and the Honey Bee

Trees and the Honey Bee

TREES – By Willie Robson of Chain Bridge Honey Farm   I was thinking the other day about the sycamore tree and the other trees that will soon be flowering.  There are already tassels laden with pollen on some of the willows and the alder will also provide plenty of pollen.  Much more prominent in…

Honey Facts

Honey Facts

Honey Facts from the Chain Bridge Honey Farm Honey is a unique natural product made by honeybees and although it has been analysed is has proved impossible to make synthetic honey. Bees collect nectar from flowers and by adding enzymes which change the sugar content and evaporating off excess water, they convert it into honey.…