Some pictures with more pictures here
More pictures here.
Well the weather could hardly be better for the first ever BeeFest on Poundbury’s Big Field – the correct address for which is “The Great Field, Poundbury (Peverell Avenue East DT1 3RH)” .
The aim of the Beefest is to show how important bees are to us, to the environment, the economy and so much more. This is the first time this event has been staged in Poundbury and the plan is to make it an annual event.
The local beekeepers have been putting in a lot of work and amongst things they will be showing are candle rolling, frame making, honey tasting and of course there will be honey for sale. There will also be enthusiastic bee keepers – to be honest I have never met a beekeeper who is not enthusiastic – who will be able to offer advice if you are thinking of keeping bees.
At a recent course for beginners I described a perfect swarm collection and I then pointed out that it is not like that – ever. And then we were called out to this swarm.
These bees were at kneeling height and so docile we were able to get in very close without bee suits.
We kitted up and with a pair of secateurs cut three small ivy branches and gently lifted the swarm into the skep.
The remaining bees were swept up with a bee brush onto a piece of cardboard and dropped into the skep.
Within half an hour we had every bee in the skep and none in the air! We put the skep into a sealed box (actually our recycle glass box) and took them off to their new hive. And I really do mean a new hive – new hive, new frames, new foundation – a complete new build.
Well a week has passed and I am pleased to say that they are settled in and doing what bees should be doing.
I have been called out to some very awkward swarm jobs but this was certainly not one of those.