Bringing honey bees to Lewisham House

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Our new Warré hive, in place on the roof, just waiting for some bees!
Our new Warré hive, in place on the roof, just waiting for some bees!

Not long after we created our vege patch, we obtained a small hive of native stingless bees. These are cute little guys, flying around and pollinating our plants. The perfect set-and-forget way of increasing biodiversity.

But after a natural beekeeping course run by Tim Malfroy, I had a hankering for more. So I put down my name for a Warré hive, which would give us a home for European honey bees.

Last summer, however, we were renovating the house. We thought that bees and builders probably weren’t the ideal mix, so we held off.

When this summer rolled around, we were ready, but still had one big challenge: where to put the bees?

In the end, we decided to put the bees on the roof. We know, that’s a little odd, but bear with us.

There’s too much to cover in one post, so we’ll be doing a series of posts:

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6 thoughts on “Bringing honey bees to Lewisham House

    A rooftop home for our honey bees « Lewisham House said:
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    Bee Mary said:
    February 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hi James, I loved reading your posts on your bees and the Warre hive. I too did Tim’s course. (You may well have visited my garden in Willoughby when you did the course with Tim). I’ll enjoy reading your posts in future and hearing how your bees are going. My harvest from two hives this summer has been huge, so much so that I decided to purchase a very exciting new contraption from Tim which was delivered this week… a honey press! Best of luck.

      James responded:
      February 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Nice one! I think I did an earlier one of Tim’s courses, and we didn’t do a home visit 😦 Still, he did bring down one of his hives, so we got up close and personal 🙂

      I’m jealous of your honey harvest! Our hive was set up quite late in the season, so I think we’ll probably only get a few frames of honey. But that should keep up happy for a while…

      The “honey press” sounds intriguing, and I love a good gadget. From the photos on your blog, it does seem highly desirable! It looks much like other presses I’ve seen, I wonder whether it could also be used for pressing apples, etc?

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