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9 posts about Bees on this blog

  1. Heather honey and hard work

    Sunday 1 November 2009, 12:00

    Fran Barnes Fran Barnes

    Farming Today honey press

    Picture the scene. Blue sky... singing birds... the rolling Derbyshire moorland covered in a blushing pink eiderdown as beekeepers across the country arrive for the annual ritual of taking the bees to the heather.

    That's how it should have been on that August day when the Farming Today bees arrived at...

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  2. The Farming Today bees in living colour!

    Tuesday 1 September 2009, 18:04

    Chris Impey Chris Impey

    The Farming Today bees are on holiday in Derbyshire. Fran and Clive (our beekeeping mentor) took them up to the moors one rainy night. They're on a farm feeding off the heather. We're hoping, all being well, this well produce a crop of very rich tasting honey. They've been away a few weeks now and we...

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  3. How to stop your bees leaving home

    Monday 20 July 2009, 16:28

    Chris Impey Chris Impey

    No Exit Sign

    We may only have had our bees a couple of months, but they're already thinking of leaving us. Bees swarm as a natural way of increasing their numbers - typically over half of the colony will leave. But we don't want to lose so many of them just as they're starting to make us honey.

    They've been showing...

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  4. When Farming Today bees go bad

    Wednesday 1 July 2009, 18:19

    Fran Barnes Fran Barnes

    It was all going so well when I first arrived at the apiary to do another routine check on the Farming Today beehive. There was a light breeze, the sky was blue, the birds were singing.

    I was just admiring the view and the wildlife when it happened. I wasn't anywhere near a hive and hadn't had the chance...

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  5. Honey cake help!

    Wednesday 17 June 2009, 19:33

    Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith

    Charlotte Smith's honey cake

    Editor's note: I know I said that the Farming Today bees were off to their own blog a little while ago but we've now decided that they should stay here, on the Radio 4 blog, for the rest of the season. We've grown attached to them (and we like the honey). And, in a follow-up email, Charlotte appeals...

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  6. Keeping the Farming Today bees occupied

    Tuesday 9 June 2009, 18:54

    Fran Barnes Fran Barnes

    "The bees will beat us you know", our bee mentor, Clive Joyce, sagely told me yesterday while we tried, yet again, to stop the Farming Today beehive swarming. Clive is usually the voice of optimism, but even he - when faced with more Queen Cells than he's ever seen - is preparing to face up to the prospect...

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  7. The Farming Today bees again

    Sunday 24 May 2009, 09:26

    Chris Impey Chris Impey

    European_honey_bee.jpg

    The Farming Today bees are getting their own blog over on the Farming Today web site. While they're finishing off the design, Chris Impey and Fran Barnes, producers and trainee beekeepers, bring us news from the hive:

    When Fran and I started this project we thought it would be an age before we started...

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  8. More from the Farming Today Bees

    Friday 1 May 2009, 16:23

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Hive.jpg

    Fran Barnes, a producer on the programme and half of the intrepid bee team, has sent me a second installment in the Farming Today bee saga. I'm posting it on her behalf this time but she'll contribute directly in future and the programme team are planning a blog of their own:

    "Just taken Charlotte Smith...

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  9. The Farming Today beehive

    Monday 27 April 2009, 17:42

    Chris Impey Chris Impey


    Chris Impey and Fran Barnes from Farming Today have been learning the art of beekeeping for a year-long project. They've acquired a hive and a colony of bees, which they're keeping at the British Beekeepers' Association apiary at the National Agricultural Centre in Warwickshire. They're going to see...

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