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Setting up my new apiary: clearing overgrown land using a scythe

Here is my latest video on setting up my new apiary on the Berkshire Downs.

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Winter Hive Inspections: fondant, straps, records. Preview of my new apiary

I recently paid a visit to my apiary to carry-out winter checks.  This mostly comprised of putting fondant onto the top the crown board.  In addition, I strapped some of my hives to the stand as a precaution.  Record keeping is still a very important activity and this was done as well.

I visited my new out-apiary and I preview this in my video.

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Swarm of bees? How to get a beekeeper to get rid of your bees

I hope this video will act as a filter.  I get a lot of calls during the summer months for help to ‘get rid of’ bees and many of the requests are impossible, dangerous and non-honeybees.  These requests usually result in a ‘sorry I can’t help’.  At least most times they do.  Often I get my arm twisted to visit the problem bees and it usually results in a monumental waste of my time.  When I get another call for help, I will tell the caller to watch my video first.

Enjoy the video.

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William Woodley: Early Years At Stanmore (beekeeping documentary)

This video is about the early life of William Woodley.  William’s mother died when he was a child and he was looked after by an elderly aunt who lived at Stanmore.  Stanmore is a hamlet in the parish of Beedon, Berkshire, England.

During the swarming season William (aged seven) would mind his aunt’s bees, which in those days would be kept in straw skeps covered with hackles.  Should one of the hives swarm he would bring notice to the neighbours by tanging pots and pans.  He would help retrieve the swarm.  

As the young William grew up, he was apprenticed to a firm of grocers at Chieveley.  He later took an interest in the clock and watch trade and returned to Beedon.  

This video touches on the folklore surrounding the Stanmore tumulus (barrow): fairies, thunder and ploughs.  I also look at the Enclosure of Stanmore.


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Making Mead: from bee to bottle

Making Mead: From Bee to Bottle

Because I sell honey people would ask me “why don’t I make mead?”  

My response was always I don’t have the equipment to make it.  After hearing this question one too many times I decided to see if people would put their money where their mouth is.  I made an appeal for about ten people to stump up £10 so I could by fermentation equipment.

15 people donated £10 and I bought fermentation equipment.

To find out how I got on, please watch the video.

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Polystyrene Hive – assembling, painting and review Maisemore Brood Box

I thought I would do a video showing how to assemble Maisemore’s flat back polystyrene brood box, see how this poly brood box fits with existing wooden equipment.  I also transfer a colony of honey bees from a polystyrene nucleus hive to my newly assembly poly brood box and poly roof.

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William Woodley – An Introduction


After several years of doing research on William Woodley and trying various mediums to tell his story, I feel video is the best.

I have made an introductory video on Mr Woodley, and hopefully it justifies to the watcher, why telling Mr Woodley’s story is warranted.   So without further ado, please enjoy my video on WW.

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