University graduates wearing mortar boards

Becoming A Master

Photo by Good Free Photos on Unsplash In the UK, we have something called a Master Beekeeper. It's a qualification in apiculture that requires years of studying, passing exams and practical beekeeping assessments. There are divergent views on the merits…
Almond plantation in California viewed from the air

Spreading The Word

The pollination of California’s almonds is the largest annual managed-pollination event in the world - Bloomberg Last year, or perhaps the one before, I stumbled upon the Ulster BKA 'Winter Webinars,' and I'm so glad I did. The speakers are…
boats and reflections on water in tighnabruaich

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Floating boats Countless beekeepers are offering their thoughts and opinions on all manner of things (I'm one of them). There are books galore, not to mention Facebook and YouTube. Hence, as with so much modern life, the challenge is information…
Hollyhock in Ulta Violet light

Nine Years In

Hollyhock in Ulta Violet light I am coming to the end of my ninth beekeeping season. I started with two hives, and now I have nearly forty, including nucs. My journey has just begun, but at least I'm through the…