Tom Seeley, author of "Honeybee Democracy," and professor of neurobiology and behavior, reviews the history of behavioral studies of foraging honeybees and explains the process by which swarming honeybees choose a new home in his lecture to the Cornell Association at Cornell University.
Did you know the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) maintains a Bee Boles Register which currently contains records for 1589 UK sites. I visited the on-line register to find out if there were any close by.
I found two, this one located on a private farm on the outskirts of Linlithgow
and this one
in a church yard at South Queensferry.
Why not search the register to find out if there are any near you.
What are Bee Boles?
A row of recesses, often in a south-facing wall. Each recess was big enough to hold a skep - the coiled-straw hive used by beekeepers in Britain before the introduction of the modern wooden hive in the late 19th century.
The Our-Bees-Need-You campaign funds are now standing at just short of £21,000, boosted to this level with a very welcome contribution from an Awards For All grant of £10,000.
Plans are progressing to make a start on the building works needed to refurbish the WW2 hut that will become the Bee Academy. We now have the money needed to fully complete all of the exterior works needed and much of the internal work.
Look out for news updates to keep yourself abreast of the progress of the building refurbishment works.
An early start for the morning shift today to get the Newbattle Bees stall set up at the Flea Market in time for the doors opening to the public. A fantastic range of NBA member donated items went on sale from 10.00 to 15.00.
Kate preparing for the market opening at 10.00
Myriam & Jubin make a start on laying out the stall
(Not sure what Annette is doing!)
Kimberley takes an early interest in a 'vintage' coat
A full report to follow when the days takings are known
In the meantime a very big thank you to everyone for their very generous donations and to all those helping on the day.
The first hive to be dedicated in the Newbattle training apiary is the 'Sue Cook' Hive. The dedication plaque was fitted today by David and it will be a permanent reminder of the generosity of Sue who donated £500 to the Our Bees Need You campaign.
Sue, a resident of Livingston was born and brought up in Canada, coming to Scotland in 1985 where she studied at the University of Aberdeen, obtaining a Masters Degree in Computing Science. It is there that she met and married husband Mark. They now have a daughter and twin boys. Sue is very much community minded, serving as a JP on the Lothian & Borders Bench, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of West Lothian College and the Regional Chair for the Prince's Trust in West Lothian.
When she learned about the plans for the NewbattleBee Academy she was more than pleased to support the fund-raising campaign. She is very much looking forward to visiting the training apiary in the early part of next year to see at first hand the training and mentoring activities of the Association both of which she is pleased to support.
Bert McMillan, his wife Sandra and sons Arnie, 14 and Alex 11, were guests of NBA at the Newbattle Apiary on Saturday 16 September.
As a major donor to 'Our Bees Need You' campaign Bert, MD of AJM Ltd, Bathgate took the opportunity to hear at first hand about the plans for the Newbattle Bee Academy. The family were warmly welcomed By Myriam and David on behalf of NBA. The visit started with light refreshments followed by a short presentation by Myriam & David. They were then taken to visit the Apiary where there were some members feeding bees and doing the scheduled varroa count.
The McMillan family assist with the varroa count
Ufortunately due to the chill and rain in the air it was not possible to fully open a hive although they were able to observe bees through a perspex crown board. David had Bert and one of his sons heft a couple of hives. Myriam thoughtfully, brought out the demonstration hive and our guests were able to get a good idea of what goes on inside the brood box of a hive.
From the apiary our visitors were then shown the hut that will become the Bee Academy before returning to our temporary home for a light lunch during which there were lots of questions from our visitors.
We would like to thank everyone involved in making the McMillan's family day a memorable one.
Our growing collection of library books is now on display in its temporary home in the 'Old Student Hut' at Newbattle Abbey College. The books are used by members of the Association in their studies for SBA modular examinations and the Basic Beekeeping Certificate.
It was thought fitting that books in the library be dedicated to donors contributing at least £50 to the Chuffed crowd-funding campaign which was started, and is ongoing to set up the Newbattle Bee Academy, in a heritage WW2 building in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College.
To date the campaign has raised in excess of £10,000 towards the refurbishment costs of the building. The campaign target is £25,000.
Every donor giving more than £50 will have a book dedicated to them in recognition of their support placed on the inside front cover of a book in the library collection. Make a donation today at:
Another significant boost to the campaign funds came from a very generous donation from Bert McMillan of AJM Ltd Bathgate.
Bert established AJMin 1988 to specialise in both car and commercial vehicle refurbishment, service, repair and maintenance. They provide a quality service and are one of the leading commercial vehicle repair centers in Central Scotland. Each customer is guaranteed a bespoke service – tailoring their needs from the smallest vehicle repair to complete commercial vehicle refurbishment.
AJM Bathgate Workshop
In 2007 they moved into a 9-bay purpose built facility, containing two commercial spray booths, both able to accommodate everything from domestic vehicles to 13.6m double deck trailers. For the past 24 years they have used the latest equipment and processes in an effort to provide the best quality service possible to their customers.
A member of the AJM team working on a commercial vehicle
Their number one aim is to meet the needs of their customers, be that an
individual or commercial fleet operator. Over the years, they have worked alongside blue chip companies, large commercial companies, insurance providers and accident management teams. AJMguarantee customers the very best in quality of workmanship and service.