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Beekeeping:

Beauty really is in the eye of the Bee-holder, and we need keen volunteers to keep the hives running smoothly all year round!

If you would like to get involved there is a number of ways you can:

  • Come along to our Green Guild ‘Give it a Go’ events here
  • Join our team of Volunteers (yes you do get your own Bee-suit!)

Our Volunteers meet, roughly, once a week to inspect the hives and perform any necessary jobs to keep them healthy. As a volunteer you will learn not just how to keep bees but also how the society works inside the hives. Our Bee experts are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and to fully equip you with all the skills you need to be a successful Beekeeper!

Best Beehive-iour: What are the bees up to today?

During the cold months the bees enter a period of hibernation known as ‘Overwintering’. During this time the bees keep eating and working in the hive, although in lesser numbers, keeping in their cluster to keep each other warm. – Cosy!

Finally the winter months have eased and we start to see the first signs of new life for spring! The bees begin to emerge from their cosy winter nest to hunt for pollen and nectar. During this time the Queen starts to recruit new workers for the hive, laying new eggs for the upcoming busy summer months.

While all the students are busy studying for exams and going off for the summer, the size of the hive swells and our hives have up to around 20,000 bees! More bees mean more honey, as those busy bees are producing honey in earnest. Also at this time the hives are likely to swarm, however this shouldnt strike fear as this is the safest the honey bees will ever be, they just want to find a home.

The male Bees, also known as Drones, are kicked out of the hive by the sassy Bee-yoncés! At this point the number of workers in the hive begins to dwindle and the Queen lays less eggs

Just like us the Bees retreat inside for winter to prepare for ‘Overwintering’ in their cluster!