An urban meadow for the health of our community
Inspring and growing creative, healthy and sustainable communities in Haringey, North London.
Started by Claire White Feb 12.
Started by Maarja Ounaste Oct 4, 2012.
Posted by james piers taylor on May 19, 2014 at 17:01
Well - maybe not so many zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs as that
The bees got off to a good start this spring, but some time in late March their numbers rapidly diminished.
It was very fortunate that Caroline Washington, the bee inspector, was able to come yesterday thanks to a cancellation.
Here is the gist of what she told us - Babak and I were both there.
They were 'overhoused' and therefore working too hard to stay warm. I think I am a bit out of touch with how cold it gets…Continue
Posted by james piers taylor on November 5, 2013 at 10:08
I haven't written here for some time as I have spent the summer shamefully fleeing from the angry new bees with my tail between my legs.(if only - I don't actually have a tail).
A couple of weeks ago I heard about a film - 'More than honey' . I haven't seen it yet, but it propagates the theory that angry - or as beekeepers say 'defensive' colonies, are good strong healthy colonies. I have been struggling with difficulty since they arrived to love them in spite of the stings, fear and…Continue
Posted by marilyn on October 3, 2013 at 20:42
Yesterday I got a call about a swarm. It found its way into an empty hive in somebody's garden. Although he lost his bees during the winter, he didn't want it as he is not thinking of starting beekeeping again until next year.
Through a series of phone calls that ended with me, we arranged to bring it to the meadow orchard. He was very helpful, driving them over in his car, and carrying the entire brood box all the way to the national hive in the meadow, where we left it last night. (…Continue
Posted by marilyn on June 30, 2013 at 9:07
Here's the link with all times and wellbeing activity on the Meadow Orchard Saturday June 22nd:
Posted by Meadow Orchard Project on June 4, 2013 at 22:41
Or do we?
Caroline, the bee inspector, says there are now too many honey bee colonies in the capital, and insufficient forage. Maybe the best support we can give the bees is to plant forage plants - for which I have a number of lists if anybody wants to peruse them. Friends of the Earth have a bee seed package for about £3.00.
However, at the meadow orchard there has been a species survey and an intention to conserve the site, which I was told a couple of years ago…Continue
Posted by marilyn on May 8, 2013 at 11:38
Posted by james piers taylor on March 24, 2013 at 18:50
On Friday 1st - that lovely sunny day, i saw many bees around the national hive, but sadly none around the top bar. I have now opened the hive and found no survivors. There was a lot of honey at the top of all the combs, so it was not starvation.Also no bees buried head down in the combs looking for honey, which is a sure sign of a starved colony. I am hoping it was not the same disease that killed Paul's colonies last summer. I kept a jar of the dead bees and contacted Caroline, the bee…Continue
Posted by marilyn on March 10, 2013 at 21:58