Monday, 28 August 2017

Beekeeping for the Shaded Landscaping, (Guest posting by Chrisy Erickson)

I recently received an email which I have copied below for you to read,


Just following up on my recent article offer. I’d still love to write for
you about the importance of bees and what we can do to help them.

I love this time of year because my local farmer’s market is overflowing
with fresh fruits and veggies and beautiful flowers, but without bees, we
wouldn’t have any of it.

Please help me spread the word about the important role bees play in our
food production and how we can protect them in our own backyards.

Thank you!

Christy Erickson

It was really nice to have someone outside of Grantham District showing an interest in the blog so I jumped at Christy's offer and below is her first (but hopefully not last!!) article. The article isn't necessarily aimed at beekeepers but I think learning how you can help the bees even without having hives is of the utmost importance and often the first step many of us beekeepers took!! There are also some great links within the article to check out too.

Thank you Christy for choosing Grantham Beekeepers to help  you spread the word!!

Beekeeping for the Shaded Landscaping

Anemones, a pollen-producing perennial for the shade garden, via Pixabay

You just purchased a new home and you’re excited to work in the garden and make it your own. Knowing that bee populations are imperiled, perhaps you want to do your part and create a bee-friendly atmosphere. But where do you begin?

As a refresher, here are the amazing things bees do for us:

Why Bees Are Important

     They’re essential to nature, pollinating 75-80% of the flowering plants on the earth.
     They’re essential to our human food supply; some scientists estimate that one in three bites of food is the result of various pollinators.
     The bees make honey, which is delicious and has nutritional and health benefits.

Causes for Decline

Several causes for global decline of the bees come into play such as pesticide use, industrial agricultural practices, parasites, and global warming. Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, a confusing, mysterious syndrome that affected many bee colonies in the U.S. in years past, is not as much of a concern as it once was.

How to Help

There are a few ways in which all of us can help the bees.
     Plant a pollinator garden. This would include planting pollen-producing plants, planting in a location that breaks the wind, grouping native or non-invasive plants together, planting year-round color and perennials, and making sure you have adequate moisture.
     Buy honey (and other meat and produce) from farmers in your area to support local agriculture.
     Consider becoming a beekeeper. Many resources can easily be found online.
     Commit to taking a holistic, organic approach to your lawn. Find alternatives to pesticides.

By making your garden, or even part of it, a haven for bees, you can do wonders for their populations and have beautiful scenery to boot. 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Not as it seems.

So a while ago I got a call from a lady who believed she may have a honey bee problem. It was her gardener who had pointed it out to her so I went for a look and did indeed confirm that she had honey bees going in and out of a gap in her flashing on her chimney breast, not a huge amount so my thinking was it was possibly a swarm that had only just moved in as I also saw no drones

Due to it being a bungalow it wasn't overly high up but I'm no builder so enlisted a little help before going back and tackling the situation.

I went back with two of our members who were a little more 'In the know' when it came to dismantling and putting back together walls and I stood with a camera whilst they got to work!!

As is often the way....things weren't as they first appeared!!

As you can see from the pictures once we got the flashing pulled back and the first roof tile removed we discovered there was no cavity at all as it was totally filled in with cement but what we did find was the remnants of a bumble bee nest.
The honey bees had obviously been robbing out anything that was there, We saw grubs that were alive but no bumbles bothered us so not really sure if these were bumble bee larvae or something else altogether but needless to say we left them be and put everything back together.

So...moral of the story....never make just one observational trip when it is such an involved job...make several visits so you can asses what is really going on!

Sunday, 20 August 2017


There really is no explanation needed for such a stunning specimen!

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Great British Beekeepers' Association Bees in Art Competition 2017

The B.B.K.A are having an art competition. The competition is open for all ages and falls into three categories;

Up to 12 years
12-18 years
18 and over.

Below is the leaflet which I received, the competition is open to all but there are only 20 days left to enter as the closing date is 31st August 2017.

The theme for the competition is 'Sound and Vision' so if you think either yourself or your children can get creative then you'll find all the info below.

Good luck!!