Category: Beekeepers

  • A year in the garden– February

    A year in the garden– February

    In the short month of February there is little activity in the bee garden, but there is a lot to observe. Which early bulbs have emerged – the snowdrops and crocuses planted in the shade beside the ivy or those planted in the lawn? Which plants are already springing up new shoots – the crocosmia…

  • National Honey Week with Bee Urban

    National Honey Week with Bee Urban

    Did you know that last week was National Honey Week? To celebrate, a small group from LSE Bees joined Bee Urban in Kennington Park on Saturday October 28th. Bee Urban had honey tasting and honey beer tasting sessions. They also had community beekeepers on hand to answer questions about the hive, the honey extraction process and…

  • A year in the bee yard– January

    A year in the bee yard– January

    In January, the squirrels hop across the lawn digging up their buried treasure. It’s a good idea to keep the squirrel house full of monkey nuts unless you want spring bulbs unearthed and bird feeders raided. The magpies like the nuts too, and squabble with the squirrels. Shoots of snowdrops and crocuses begin to poke…

  • Give-it-a-Go!

    Give-it-a-Go!

    A record 55 students (almost more beekeepers than bees!) came to our first hive visit of the new academic year – a ‘Give-it-a-Go’ session where LSE students could get a taste of beekeeping and meet a real live beekeeper, our very own Luke Dixon! We all took turns trying on bee suits, opening hives and…

  • A year in the bee garden– November.

    A year in the bee garden– November.

    A few lingering butterflies rested their wings on the ivy flowers in November, but they were too fleeting to catch with my camera. November is a good month to plan next year’s garden by taking note of which plants have thrived best in which parts of the garden, and which have attracted the most insect…

  • Singular Bees!

    Singular Bees!

    LSE is all about diversity, but we at LSE Bees have been a bit behind the curve. Not when it comes to humans, we hasten to add – the LSESU Beekeeping Society is diverse and inclusive, with members from a wide range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. But when it comes to bees, we have tended…

  • A year in the bee yard– October.

    A year in the bee yard– October.

    Summer came back in October – word had reached her of the ‘backwinter‘. The bees made the most of the ‘backsummer’. The hive entrance was too busy to put on mouseguards as foragers flew home with baskets of yellow pollen. However, a quick inspection showed that nectar was out of stock. I filled the syrup…