Category: Beekeepers and the Weather

Beekeepers are obsessed with the weather because it has an enormous influence on outcomes. Good weather makes everything easy, and bad weather can make for a terrible year.

2013 Swarm

Swarm Predictor

As I was thinking ahead to next spring and summer, and reflecting on seasons past, I decided to check my records to look at swarming. In the season just gone swarming kicked off much earlier than I’d seen before. I have detailed records going back to 2013, which […]

butt call

Crazy Busy and Butt Calls

As I was planting out some tomatoes at my Mum’s place today, I became aware of a voice emanating from my back pocket. I grabbed my phone and was horrified to discover that I had “butt called” Murray McGregor of Denrosa Apiaries. I’m crazy busy right now, what […]

Wind Gust Chart from Dark Sky

Local Knowledge: Weather

What a difference a few weeks makes, weather-wise, in this crazy country I live in. As I munched my way through two slices of malted grain toast with butter and orange marmalade, I looked out this morning on incessant rain. A few weeks ago we were basking in […]

plum tree blossom

Hot February Bad for Bees?

Hotter than Athens A couple of days ago we had a Winter heatwave in the UK courtesy of air being brought up from much further South. On 26 February the Evening Standard reported, “UK February temperature record broken for second day running.” Where I keep my bees, the […]

Horse Chestnut Tree In Flower by Renoir

Busy as a Beekeeper

Here in my part of England, the weather is currently absolutely perfect, and we have shaken off the oppressive depressed state induced by a long cold Winter followed by a miserable Spring. It is incredible how rapidly Nature responds to such changes. We went from skeletal trees and […]