Autumn Newsletter 2017

Dear friends,

As our bees prepare for winter we are looking ahead to a time of vigorous new activity envisioning the great bee event in Holland in autumn 2018. “Learning from the Bees” will take place from 31st August to 2nd September 2018. We will be joined by bee lovers from all over the world, scientists, artists, musicians, conservationists, farmers and beekeepers who unite in one vision: to make the world a better place for bees, for all living creatures, for all of us. As yet, we are unable to confirm the exact location of this event, but if you’d like to join the dedicated conference mailing list, we will let you know more detail as soon as we can.

Natural Bee Husbandry

The Natural Bee Husbandry magazine has been a terrific world wide success and has now has well over 1000 subscribers. Issue 5 is about to posted/emailed and this is the last issue for those who subscribed from the first issues (issue 1 was a free bonus addition). If you would like to renew your subscription please subscribe here.

Growing for Bees

As we pointed out in our last newsletter, purchasing “bee-friendly” plants, seeds and bulbs is not a straightforward issue; as Dave Goulson’s research revealed, many products labelled thus contain pesticides. To be sure that the bees are offered untainted sustenance early in the year when they start searching for pollen from crocus, snowdrop and other early blossoms please check out the marvellous range of bulbs at Christall in the Netherlands. And if you have sourced organically or biodynamically grown bulbs elsewhere we would love to hear from you.

Photographic Competition

Hundreds of people joined us in celebrating bees in the wild and we are delighted with the results. The judges had a difficult but enjoyable task of picking the top three. You can see all the entries here.

First place in the Photographic Competition

Guardian of the Oak - South Africa By Jenny Cullinan of Ujubee

And now continuing the theme of wild bees, we’d like to share with you a recent trip Trustee Jonathan Powell undertook to further his study of the bee in the wild - a field of knowledge we continually strive to enhance so as to better serve the bees in our care:

Belarus - Bringing Back the Bears and Bees (whoa! Look at all those B’s)

"I am currently writing a new book on Forest Bees which follows on from the ebook "The Tree Beekeeping Field Guide". As part of the research he travelled to the 96,000 hectare forest of Naliboki in Belarus. Here in this half swamp, half forest the traditional Belarus method of log hives in tree platforms and a basic forest living are being revived by Ivan Mulin and the tree beekeeping brotherhood of Fratrum Mellicidarum."

To read more about Belarus tree beekeeping please visit the full article here ...

Returning a restored log hive to the Naliboki forest

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