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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: