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September 14, 2016

The native British Black Bee (pictured above in my apiary) was said to be extinct in England by about 1920 due to the ravages of the so-called Isle of Wight Disease.  It was also said that only through importations from Europe could bees be kept going in England.  Howe...

August 1, 2015

 

The approach of the NBKT is based on the premise that, if bees are given the right living conditions and left unstressed by constant interference, they are able to achieve a state of balance with their pests and diseases.It is frequently stated that, if bees are not t...

March 19, 2015

Choosing a hive can be very confusing for beginners. The many different hives available are presented according to their usefulness to the beekeeper and one is left to choose between them. Faced with such a choice, it is tempting to conclude that, from the point of vie...

March 10, 2015

The more I studied beekeeping, the less I knew, until, finally, I knew nothing. But, even though I knew nothing, I still had plenty to unlearn.


Charles Martin Simon

 

 

When I started down the ‘natural’ track in my beekeeping endeavours, I brought with me a considerable d...

January 15, 2014


In 1609, Charles Butler, in The Feminine Monarchy, wrote:

 

Of all insects, the bees are chief, and worthily to be most admired; being the only things of that kind which are bred for the behoove of men.

 

 

Thus it has been ever since; bees are judged not by their intrinsi...

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