Gardening, Bugs and Beekeeping Project at Everest Community Academy

posted 29 May 2016, 06:23 by Webmaster BasingstokeBeekeepers   [ updated 29 May 2016, 06:44 ]

Year 8 students, at the Everest Community Academy, are currently learning all about Gardening, Bugs and Beekeeping.  

Basingstoke & District Beekeeping Association (BDBKA) were absolutely thrilled when invited to visit the Academy to participate in talking about bees.

There are many types of bees in the UK, the most widely known being the Bumble bee; which is large, hairy, has bright colours with a loud buzz.  The Honey bee on the other hand is small, smooth, rather dull and much quieter.  The children discovered that Honey bee colony consists of 1 Queen, tens of thousands female Worker Bees and a few thousand Drones (the males).  The colony lives and works as a collective (a single mind); individual bees do not independently choose how they live or what they do.

The pupils learnt the very important role bees play with the pollination of our food.  Without the bees and other pollinators performing their jobs, we would be unable to enjoy the lovely local fruits.

The presentation finished with a short video of the bees performing the “waggle dance”, a method in which bees communicate the location of forage.  The dance can look rather funny but provides the orientation and distance other bees must fly in order to collect pollen and nectar. 

One student, from each of the study groups, had a chance to visit the font of the hall, each showing considerable interest when investigating and handling the variety of beekeeping tools and looking inside an actual hive (empty of course!).

It was fantastic to see how enthusiastic the children were, with a continuous stream of questions, seeking more explanations along with how much they already knew.

As a consequence of BDBKA’s visit, the year 8 pupils have been totally inspired to have a School hive and proceeded with planting 4 trees (donated by Homebase) to start an orchard.   The orchard will sit nicely with the in memory of the late student, Blake Cook, who died last year.

The BDBKA members had rewarding experience and one that they would readily do again.  An excellent way to kick start the Everest Community Academy’s Project with "Why are bees important?”

Great Binfields Primary School Talk

posted 29 May 2016, 06:14 by Webmaster BasingstokeBeekeepers   [ updated 29 May 2016, 06:30 ]

Members of the BDBKA visited Great Binfields Primary School, providing a 'bee talk' for their first National Science Week.

We were delighted that the pupils enjoyed the experience - it is our pleasure to increase the knowledge of bees and the craft of beekeeping.

The Great British Bee Count 2016

posted 19 May 2016, 04:31 by Webmaster BasingstokeBeekeepers

Join Friends of the Earth in partnership with Waitrose in

The Great British Bee Count
19th May - 30th June 2016

How many bees do you have in your garden?

Committee and other volunteers

posted 20 Oct 2012, 09:17 by chris rose   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 07:24 by Sharon Woodman ]

Several members of the committee are standing down this January so this is your chance to get involved and make a difference. Some committee members are officials with regular responsibilities but other just take things on as and when situations arise and they feel they can make a contribution.

The committee is friendly and welcoming and meets just four times a year so it is not an onerous thing to do. We are looking for people with a little time and energy, not necessarily people who have been keeping bees for a long time.

We are also looking for people with a few years experience who would be willing to mentor new beekeepers for their first season. You will remember it can be a very perplexing time because as David always says - 'Bees don't read the books'.

Bees at the National Trust

posted 18 Feb 2012, 10:12 by chris rose   [ updated 18 Feb 2012, 10:37 ]

Bees are very much in the news again at the moment with a new TV series Bees, Butterflies and Blooms by Sarah Raven raising the profile of out pollinators.
The National Trust is doing its bit by putting honey bee hives onto its properties.
At Mottisfont they have produced some fabulous video to show what goes on in a hive.
Mottisfont honey bees.
I believe there are  also three  hives at the Vyne now and we will be appearing at the Orchard Day  in September.Their blog can be found here

Caution over winter

posted 27 Dec 2011, 11:57 by chris rose

Don't forget to check that your hives have sufficient stores to overwinter especially as the weather is mild. The bees may be tempted out to fly with no forage to reward their efforts. Also now is a good time to do an oxalic acid treatment before the queen comes back into lay.


posted 30 Jun 2011, 07:25 by chris rose

There are signs that wasps are starting to cause problems. Bee keepers do not deal with wasps so please do not ask us. Contact a commercial operative to deal with your problem.

Are your bees starving?

posted 30 Jun 2011, 07:13 by chris rose

We have received a message from the National Bee Unit via our regional bee inspector that some colonies are struggling this year due to the dry weather. 
This is most likely to affect new colonies that are being established or colonies from which an early honey crop has been taken. A weak feed is reccomended for any colonies which are struggling.The message is attached below.


posted 13 May 2011, 04:20 by chris rose

Just to say thank you to all those people who have generously volunteered to collect swarms this year. 
New members please get in touch with me so the information we have is up to date if you are hoping to acquire some bees this year.

Mason bees etc

posted 25 Apr 2011, 02:06 by chris rose

There have been quite a few enquiries about bees in airbricks etc which are likely to be red mason bees and bees under patios which are likely to be mining bees.There is now some information on solitary bees on a new page on this website. They are all harmless.

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