Propolis – it’s bee magic

Propolis – it’s bee magic

From propolis tincture to bee magic salve  You might not have heard about it before, and it really doesn’t look much, but propolis, or bee-glue, is really amazing stuff! Bees collect it from sticky tree buds and sap and use it to coat the inside of the hive and fill...
Why do bees swarm?

Why do bees swarm?

If you see a big, swirling cloud heading out across the rooftops and trees, it could be a swarm of honey bees. They have left the safety and warmth of their hive and are flying off to find a new home – a hole in a tree, a chimney or an empty hive. It’s an...
Make your garden irresistible to bees

Make your garden irresistible to bees

Spring is finally here! As the weather warms up honey bees are emerging to look for nectar and pollen, food that provides the energy needed to build up their colonies. With an average of 20,000 to 40,000 bees in a typical beehive, they need lots of food! To find the...
Beauty and the Bees

Beauty and the Bees

Products from the beehive have improved human lives for thousands of years. So what bee goodies do we use in our different skincare products and why?  Our bees produce raw, unheated honey which is a natural source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants....
Honeycomb is awesome

Honeycomb is awesome

All honeys from local hives are delicious and have distinctive flavours. Most honey lovers like runny honey but spreading it thickly on your toast is tricky as it dribbles :-). For me honeycomb is the very best way to enjoy honey and it’s the reason I became a...
What do honey bees do in the winter?

What do honey bees do in the winter?

I’m often asked what happens to bee colonies in the winter. Well for many bees and wasps only the queens live through the winter. However, honey bees are different as they remain active all year around.  At this time of year the drones (male bees) get...