Book Review: Bee Books for Children

‘ABC’s of Beekeeping’ – by Roda Shope. Full colour, children’s book. Published by & available from Northernbeebooks.co.uk “What a memorable, amazing experience to discover the world of bees through the eyes of an expert who’s proven her skills, not only in caring for these wonderful creatures, but photographing them and clarifying the essentials for newcomers. Roda Shope has assembled a breathtaking series of pictures and 26 brilliant alphabetical explanations that make it super easy to […]

honey cookies recipe

Honey Cookies Recipe

METHODS: Melt the butter and honey gently. Remove from heat and stir in the rolled oats, flour, su,gar and coconut. Mix the bicarbonate of soda and hot water in a cup and immediately pour into the mixture and stir thoroughly. Form into small all and arrange on lightly greased baking trays. Bake for approx. 8 minutes until the biscuits are a rich golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave on the tray for about […]

BIBBA by Stephen Barnes

BIBBA was formed originally as the Village Bee Breeders Association (VBBA) on 27th July 1963 by Beowulf Cooper and a small group of beekeepers. It grew into a national organisation and then changed its name to the British Isles Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA), to reflect its wider base of membership. In 1997 the name was changed again, to Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association, whilst still retaining the acronym BIBBA, to reflect the true activity of […]

Trees and Shrubs for Bees by Matt Keane

There are many reasons why people choose to plant and here at Future Forests, we get asked all sorts of queries, we do our best to provide the right info and more importantly the right plants to suit your needs. You may want to plant trees for shelter and protection, maybe you want to plant a coppice for firewood. Maybe you need a hedge for privacy, perhaps you want to fill your garden with fruiting […]

Christmas Forage & Fodder by Edward Hill

Commenting on forage is difficult as there is little available even if your bees are out and about during mild spells, but Christmas is a good time to look at the importance of pollinating insects and how they contribute to our festive season. This has been another good year for hollies (Ilex aquifolium), they are covered in berries. There were lots of flowers on them in the spring and thanks to the honeybees, bumble bees […]