Work Experience at Bannockburn House

Work Experience at Bannockburn House

An exclusive look at the breath-taking Bannockburn House. Nestled outside Stirling in beautiful woodland and exquisite gardens stands a magnificent 17th Century mansion with a rich, colourful history. Now owned by the local community this enchanting building holds...
It’s All About The Queen

It’s All About The Queen

It’s been a month of Queen cells at the apiary.  There are three types: swarm cells, supersedure cells and emergency queen cells.  Swarm cells occur when the colony becomes congested – the old queen and about 60% of the colony form a swarm and relocate in a...
Ne’er cast a cloot ’til May is oot!

Ne’er cast a cloot ’til May is oot!

As a young girl growing up in Bannockburn my grandparents often used this phrase and I wondered if it referred to the month of May or the flowering of the May-blossom or Hawthorn. Either way, what it really means is  ‘beware as the weather is often fickle at this...
Bloomin’ Marvellous!

Bloomin’ Marvellous!

Spring Blossom never ceases to amaze me. The fact that huge, sturdy, solid trees can create something so delicate, fragile and perfect as their blossom is one of the wonders of the natural world. Cherry Blossom or ‘Sakura’ is the national flower of Japan. There,...
The Apiary In Spring

The Apiary In Spring

The unseasonably warm weather this weekend meant we were able to do an early spring check on the colonies at the apiary.  In three of the four hives the queens are laying well with an excellent early spring build up. Hopefully this will translate into a large...
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