We had a great time at this years Bungay Beehive Day (even with some last minute tent hitches), many thanks to all those that participated. I have put together a few photo’s to give a flavour of what went on…
Heidi Herrmann from the Natural Beekeeping Trust discussed why swarming is not only a natural but a necessary part of having healthy honeybees for the future:
Heidi demonstrated the Sun Hive. She has several at home and there are some in use at Tablehurst Farm (more about this in the up-coming post about the Natural Beekeeping Conference):
Bob and Sally Spruce from the Waveney Beekeepers Association were kind enough to bring an observation hive and all their enthusiasm and knowledge about bees to inspire others…
Listening with a stethoscope…
Neals Yard showcased their products, chatted about bees and even gave a demonstration making lipsalve with beeswax:
Our Bungay Community Bees plant stall – all bee-friendly plants!
Gathering for one Mark Watson’s ever popular Bee and Flower walks, this time exploring central Bungay:
Charlotte Du Cann reading from her recently published book ’52 flowers that shook my world: a radical return to earth’. Bringing together bees, landscape and our environment from a personal perspective.
Making bee and bug houses:
Enjoying tea and cake courtesy of Bungay Community Kitchen:
Once again the Iceni Microscopy Group brought some interesting samples for people to have a go at seeing under the microscope:
Orchard End Organic Herbs brought some of the plants most favoured by bees:
Dressing up (and smelling my gloves which are covered in propolis – yum)
Making mobiles, finger puppets and masks:
Discussing the newest version of our horizontal Top Bar Hives with their designer and creator Mike Southern:
Our very own Plants For Bees information wall:
Friends of the Earth have recently launched the Bee Cause (it’s great, look it up if you aren’t already familiar with it…) and came along to share information. I bought one of their lovely posters:
Watching ‘The Queen of the Sun: what are the bees telling us?’. A great film, we shall be holding a dedicated film night in April for another opportunity to see it.
An overview of bees, reasons for their decline and who’s doing what to combat it by Bungay Community Bees (Elinor)
Lesley and Charlotte from Bungay Community Bees
A happy gardener, ready to make her own patch even more bee-friendly!