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Birds and Bees: decline and conservation

The Barefoot Beekeeper

Release Date: 05/29/2014

Beekeeping in Norway - a chat with Ragna Jorgensen of Bybi show art Beekeeping in Norway - a chat with Ragna Jorgensen of Bybi

The Barefoot Beekeeper

Ragna invited me to Norway to talk to beekeepers about the possibility of using different ways to look after bees, and different hives, including, of course, the top bar hive. I had a very enjoyable week in this beautiful country, thanks to my hosts Ragna Jorgensen and Joshua, who will feature in the next podcast, once I have finished editing our long discussion in the car, while driving around the stunning north western coastline of Norway. This recording was made in the woods outside Oslo, and I made the mistake of leaving my phone switched on (and receiving a swarm call) so please excuse...

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Bob Hogge from Jersey talks about the invading Asian hornet  show art Bob Hogge from Jersey talks about the invading Asian hornet

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The Asian Yellow-Legged Hornet, Vespa velutina, is a serious threat to bees and beekeeping in Britain, given its predatory nature and the fact that a large nest may contain 10-12,000 hungry insects.  It also poses a secondary threat to birds and bats, as it has the ability to consume massive numbers of their prey, while themselves being virtually immune from attack by any of our native species.  PLEASE LEARN ABOUT THIS DANGEROUS PEST and look out for news about it, preferably by checking the news page on https://friendsofthebees.org and don't rely on newspapers, which regularly...

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Are Black Bees Best for Britain?  show art Are Black Bees Best for Britain?

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I hosted this discussion with about 25 other beekeepers at the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of the BIBBA SW Conference Febriary 16 2019.    

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Willie Robson - comb honey production show art Willie Robson - comb honey production

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A talk from the 2018 BIBBA conference

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Jim Ryan - Beekeeping without too many mistakes show art Jim Ryan - Beekeeping without too many mistakes

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Jim Ryan is a beekeeper with many years under his belt, who is not afraid to admit to making mistakes. He is current chair of the Galtee Bee Breeders. This talk was recorded at the 2018 BIBBA conference in Chippenham, Wiltshire.    

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Bill Summers talks about the ZEST hive show art Bill Summers talks about the ZEST hive

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The ZEST hive is unusual in that it is made from solid building blocks arranged to form a long, deep container, with multiple, upper entrances. It is easy and relatively inexpensive to build, with the help of Bill's web site - www.thezesthive.comĀ - and his YouTube videos.

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Ivy Bees, with Brigit Strawbridge Howard show art Ivy Bees, with Brigit Strawbridge Howard

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Willie Robson: Heather Honey in the North of England show art Willie Robson: Heather Honey in the North of England

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Willie Robson and his family have been keeping bees in Northumberland since the 1950s. Few people know more than he does about honey farming with the native black bee, and fewer still have successfully kept them for so long in a commercial context. This is one of two talks by Willie that I recorded at the 2018 BIBBA conference in Cirencester. The Robson family run Chainbridge Honey Farm and you can see their web site at https://www.chainbridgehoney.com  

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A Chat in the Park With Bryn Simon show art A Chat in the Park With Bryn Simon

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Bryn Simon, President of Sydney Inner West Beekeepers, NSW, Australia, was in the UK and asked if he could visit and ask me some questions.

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Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge show art Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge

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Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at Sussex University, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and has published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects. His published books include Bumblebees; their behaviour, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), and A Buzz in the Meadow (2017, Vintage Books. Brigit Strawbridge is a campaigner on behalf of bumblebees and other wild bees and is currently working on her first book.  Our conversation includes ways in which...

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