Gardening for our bees.

Well, this was grand ! A bunch of lovely young volunteers from the Church of the Latterday Saints, who are in the UK for a few months, came along to do their usual Saltwell park tidy up. Once I managed to get them away from the charms of Mr Darcy and Casper, the Samoyeds, we…

Bees Banquet !

This is a bit long, but there are nice pics and a link to Vimeo…….. Over a period of a few weeks Tyneside Beekeepers put together a day celebrating bees, what they eat, and how it relates to human food, and to pilot a new piece of art work as part of the Tyne and…

Two successes for the Tyneside Beekeepers at the ADM

Alternative title ? Two go mad in Leamington Spa ? For those of you not familiar with beekeeping, the national organisation of beekeepers in England  is the British Beekeepers Association. It is made up of affiliated clubs, each of which sends a delegate to an annual meeting to debate propositions and  nominations etc. Last year…

Talking and listening….

The talking bit of the title refers to the first talk of the winter season, given by Ben Hopkinson of Alnwick Beekeepers Association. Ben gave a hugely entertaining and informative talk about his Beekeeping Safari with Bees for Development http://www.beesfordevelopment.org   Ben and a few other beekeepers travelled to Vietnam, and toured widely over a two…

Ideas ? Why yes, we have loads of those !

I was invited to take part in “Ideas Fest” at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead https://shipleyartgallery.org.uk.   This day was organised by TWAMS ( Tyne and Wear Museums Service) and Newcastle University Open Lab. Museum staff across the board are encouraged to try out new ideas, to engage new audiences and present the museums archives…

They are here !

Last year Ross Cooney brought the club bees to the park, and sadly this happened  https://tynesidebeekeepers.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/disaster-at-the-saltwell-park-apiary/ We were all saddened, but just picked ourselves up and set about raising more bees this summer to start again.   The great news is that with the combined help of Friends of Saltwell Park ( http://www.friendsofsaltwellpark.co.uk) and Gateshead Council,…

BidFoods workshop

I was invited to talk to employees at the Gateshead branch of BidFoods depot. They are running a sustainability project, and doing it very well. Their information about bees and their importance is really well done. The people I talked to today were from as far as Galashiels , and South into Helmsley in Yorkshire….

It’s been a while….

It’s been a while since I had time to let you know what’s been happening… We have a colony on the main apiary at last, bought from Jane Lewis at Stamfordham bees. Two nucs had been on order from somewhere else, but they didn’t make it through the winter. The colony at Whickham was on…

Tony Jefferson !

We had a great speaker for our final winter season talk, just the way to round things off and fire us with enthusiasm for the season….not that we aren’t fired up already……in fact some of us have already had a peep in our hives. Tony learned beekeeping from his father Alan, who I once had…

Intermediate Beekeeping Course

Maybe you did a beginners beekeeping course, then someone gave you a split from their colony, or you got a swarm, or the nucleus hive you ordered arrived ?  You survived your first  season of beekeeping ! Hurrah, they got through the winter. With the new season you realise it’s quite some time since your…

Roger Patterson BIFA day. Sat 4th March.

Booking  Roger Patterson to deliver his Bee Improvement for All day was a long time ambition for me. Finally, last Saturday, it all came together. Roger runs these courses for BIBBA ( Bee Imrovement and Bee Breeders Association http://bibba.com)  and is the inheritor of the famous Dave Cushman website http://www.dave-cushman.netsite http://www.dave-cushman.net, which is an unparalleled resource for…