Be a beekeeper activity at Quince Honey Farm

Today Quince Honey Farm welcomed newest member Jason Parker to the team. He dived straight in this afternoon with our Bee a Beekeeper Experience. “Day one in my new role a Quince Honey Farm and, after a friendly welcome from colleagues, I spent the afternoon with the public delving into the fascinating world of the honey bee. We were given a guided tour of the facilities along with an in-depth talk on how Quince Honey Farm create their delicious honey products: which me and the rest of the group corroborated during the ever-popular tasting session! The highlight for me though was definitely getting suited up and joining beekeeper Alex as we ventured out to meet the hive face to face. Whilst the experience of holding a beeswax frame containing over seven hundred honey bees on it is a little nerve-racking, it is something I would certainly recommend. Plus, Alex and the rest of the team were always on hand to answer any questions that I or anyone else put to them; making my first day at Quince Honey Farm both fun and informative.”   Our Bee a Beekeeper Experience runs every day over the summer at 3pm and 4pm. Speak with our friendly shop staff to book a slot....

Bee bearding & bee baths

Did you know… Bees tend to at least 2,000 flowers daily, with their wings beating 10,000 times per minute and flying approx 15mph?! After the hot weather we have had the bees are feeling the heat too! They are too warm inside the hive so some have clustered around the entrance to cool down. This is called bearding, it is critical that the brood nest doesn’t become overheated. If too many bee bodies are covering the brood on a hot day, fanning may not be sufficient to keep the brood cool. By hanging around on the outside instead of the inside, they decrease the heat load, decrease congestion, and increase the ventilation space.   Even if you can’t keep bees yourself you can still help them by keeping them hydrated. On warm days bees drink an amazing amount of water, so If you would like to help the pollinators in your garden then have a go at creating a bee bath. It’s easy to make and you can sit back and enjoy watching the bees come for a drink in your garden! If you are worried about the bees stinging then be assured that unless they are provoked they don’t want to sting you, they only sting if they feel threatened. The best thing to do if they are near you is to stay calm and don’t flap your arms around – even though this is instinct! 🙂 Get creative to make the perfect bee bath! Making your garden more bee friendly can be more than just planting flowers. You want to attract them with gorgeous blooms, but while...

Do you have a SWARM or a NEST?

Do you have a SWARM or a NEST? Now is the season when bees and wasps become more active, and if you think you have a swarm or a nest on your property, here is some advice… Swarms If you have a honeybee swarm, visit the British Beekeepers Association’s website. Here you can find out information on swarms and, by entering your postcode, find the phone number for the nearest beekeeper who will come and collect it. We can also help with advice if you’re not able to get onto the website. https://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php Why do they swarm? A swarm happens when a colony of bees becomes so large, that a second queen is created and the old queen takes off with half of the colony to establish a new nest. The swarm looks like a swirling mass of bees because the workers are all gathered around the queen to protect her. However, the queen is not a very strong flyer, and so they will often need to rest which is when you might see them on a fence or tree in your garden. When the scout bees find a suitable nest, the swarm will move on, this could happen within a few hours or over a few days. They are very unlikely to sting when swarming. Nests If you think you have a bumblebee nest however, the best thing to do is to leave it alone if it is not causing an inconvenience. Bumblebees are unfortunately a struggling species at the moment, and their nests will only last for one season. We have the contact details for someone who...

Half term week

It’s half term week and we have lots of activities happening every day.   Check the timetable of activities below to plan your...

April job post – Weekend Education team member

Education team member   We are looking for someone to join the education team on the weekends here at Quince Honey Farm. The position is for every Saturday and the occasional Sunday with some extra days possible during the holidays.   The job is varied and would suit someone who is confident speaking in front of the public and chatting to visitors. The ideal candidate must be approachable and confident with a customer focused attitude. You must be willing to learn about bees, honey and insects. Some animal care experience would be an advantage as we may need help with our critter shows. Some of the activities you would be hosting are- making candles, beekeeping demos, talks and guided tours as well as critter shows.   If you are interested in the position then we would love to hear from you!   Please send over some details about yourself along with a CV. Send to ruby@quincehoneyfarm.co.uk  ...

Meet the education team…

We wanted to introduce to you just some of the team here at Quince Honey Farm. This is the Education team! These guys are who you are most likely to see during your visit to the honey farm…Don’t they look like a friendly bunch? 🙂 They are here to welcome and chat to you about all things bees as well as help you with the many activities on offer such as candle rolling, beekeeping demos, bee a beekeeper and so on.   We thought it would be good to introduce them to you… Joe aka ‘Bug Man’ You will mainly find Joe at the Critter Cabin, tending to the many insects and snakes we have here. Joe has been putting on shows for the public for over 30 years so we are lucky to have him here at the Critter Cabin most days. Verity Verity is the creator of the Critter Cabin and also loves bugs, she is very passionate about bees and educating our visitors whilst having fun at the same time! Darren Darren is very knowledgeable about bees and has his own hives at home, he’s always very keen to answer questions and educate any visitors during the daily tours and talks.  Alex Alex loves bees and is always happy to chat to you on one of the daily tours or show you inside a beehive at one of the beekeeping demos. When Alex isn’t chatting to visitors you may see her painting and getting creative around the farm! Dan Dan loves chatting to visitors and is very knowledgeable about honey. When Dan isn’t showing the visitors...