The Barefoot Beekeeper

by Philip Chandler (phil@biobees.com) · · · CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 · 3 subscribers

Barefoot Beekeeper author Phil Chandler discusses 'natural beekeeping' and shows how easy it can be to start keeping bees in simple, home-made top bar hives. Beekeeping does not have to be complicated or expensive - learn how you can make a start this year. People from Alaska to Australia have joined our Natural Beekeeping Forum and shared their knowledge with beginners from across the world - and its all free.

The Asian Yellow-Legged Hornet - Vespa velutina - has rampaged through France and for the last three years has occupied Jersey in the Channel Islands, threatening to invade mainland Britain using any means possible. Several nests were found and destroyed in 2019 near the south coast of England, but we cannot be certain that others went unnoticed. This insect presents a clear and present danger to honeybees especially, with beekeepers in France losing about one in three of their hives every year to this pest. It will also cause big problems for other bees and other insects, as it has …

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