Hi, I have kept bees since 1987 and for most of that time I have used Poly Hives. If you want to know why then by exploring the site I suspect you will find the answers to that one! I am now retired and have recently (late 2016) moved into the Scottish Borders from the East Mids though I was born and brought up in the Aberdeen area.

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As we slide into Winter mode.

If there is an open mesh floor and insulation over the crown board the bees are in the best configuration for the coming cold months. I now leave them alone as the mouse guards are fitted and there is no need to bother the colonies. In early Jan I start feeding fondant, especially to my …

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Official Scottish Government advice

Guidance From Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate  The Bee Health Teams of DEFRA, the Scottish and Welsh Governments have issued their advice and guidance for beekeeping in the UK given the current restrictions around COVID-19, which can be found by clicking here. This guidance has been published on Beebase and if you are not already registered on Beebase …

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Clara Furness Wax Polish Recipie

10 gms Carnuba Wax this is for a hard finish.  90gms wax 500mls solvent. Now this can be pure turps, or 300 white spirit and 200 turps or even less but the turps smell is what sells this product.  Melt it all in a double boiler and pour into containers and allow to set.  Rub on with …

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