Alys Fowler: ‘This plant is hellbent on bringing all the bees to your yard’ – The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/dec/26/winter-scent-honeysuckle-wintersweet-gardening-alys-fowler If you make a winter honeysuckle (Lonicera x purpusii) happy, it dusts itself in creamy-white, highly fragrant flowers. Like many winter-flowering species, its scent is so strong that it carries for some distance – I’ve often found myself, nose… (READ MORE)

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Steven Falk's new book.

Brush up on your bees with Kenilworth man’s new illustrated book – Leamington Courier

http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/brush-up-on-your-bees-with-kenilworth-man-s-new-illustrated-book-1-7116 784 Steven Falk’s Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland has been written for both bee novices and expert recorders and researchers and also includes photography and bee artwork by Richard Lewington. Steven, who has worked… (READ MORE)

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A beekeeper’s notes for November

http://missapismellifera.com/2015/12/13/a-beekeepers-notes-for-november In November the leaves fall from the trees and the drones fall from the hive. The trees are preparing to rest for winter as their leaves drop to the ground, and the bees are getting ready to close the… (READ MORE)

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Other resources on varroa management

http://scientificbeekeeping.com/other-resources-on-varroa-management/ There are a number of other resources for reliable information on varroa management, some of which I’ll include links for: The Honey Bee Health Coalition released this summary of mite management tools in 2015. Free download at Tools for Varroa… (READ MORE)

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Lonely queen

I tried to overwinter a mating nuc this year for the first time. I put it inside a full size hive and padded with hessian sacking. But then the winter was too warm and they starved – too much flying,… (READ MORE)

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Royal Jelly – a story by Roald Dahl

http://adventuresinbeeland.com/2015/12/05/royal-jelly-a-story-by-roald-dahl If you’ve ever read Roald Dahl’s short stories for adults, you’ll know they’re very different in tone to his more famous children’s books. My mum had both his Kiss Kiss and Switch Bitch collections and I re-read them quite a few… (READ MORE)

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New long-range micro backpacks for bees could provide vital information – Phys.Org

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-long-range-micro-backpacks-bees-vital.html The partner organisation is The Apiary Enterprise Limited, who are keen to fund research into honey-bee tracking in both temperate and tropical environments to identify the foraging range of the bee under differing climatic and environmental conditions.Bangor University’s bee… (READ MORE)

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Herbicides, not insecticides biggest threat to bees, beekeeper says – Delta Farm Press

http://deltafarmpress.com/soybeans/herbicides-not-insecticides-biggest-threat-bees-beekeeper-says Land is purple with henbit blooming. By the end of March, it’s all gone because farmers burned it down with chemicals to try to kill everything in the field before they plant,” says Johnny Thompson, vice president of the… (READ MORE)

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More about hive monitoring

https://apiarylandlord.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/more-about-hive-monitoring/ I am a volunteer for Hughenden Manor where I began solely as a beekeeper on an entirely volunteer run bee project and became a web editor and newsletter editor. We have a separate blog about the project on WordPress… (READ MORE)

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Finnish research shows ‘no immediate impact’ of neonicotinoids on bees – Genetic Literacy Project

http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/12/04/finnish-research-shows-no-immediate-impact-of-neonicotinoids-on-bees/ Finnish research shows ‘no immediate impact’ of neonicotinoids on beesGenetic Literacy ProjectThe GLP aggregated and excerpted this press release to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Research conducted in Finland on neonicotinoid seed treatment has yielded different… (READ MORE)

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