Welcome to Plan Bee!!
A home for honey bees in the Cheshire countryside
Local Honey - Better For The Environment and Better For Us
One of the Oldest and Most Natural Product Enjoyed By Man
Constant Hive Activity
Worker Bees May Only Live About 6 Weeks, They Literally Wear Their Wings Out

What we are trying to do

What we have done and our plans for the future

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What help can be given?

What can you do at home or what can you do to help us?

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Behind the scenes plus our bees in action

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Welcome to our little piece of local bee heaven.

A day doesn’t go past where we don’t hear gloom and doom stories about the negative influence that humans are having on the planet, from global warming , to plastics, pollution, over population, and so on. It can be overwhelming and it’s easy to think the problem is to big for individual efforts to make any difference. Well along with others cutting and recycling plastic waste we are taking a hobby of beekeeping to the next level by helping to house honey bee swarms that can frighten some people and not knowing what to do they panic and call a pest control company. The result is often a massive loss to the bee population. A population us as human beings are totally reliable on the pollinate our flowers but more importantly our food crops.
We hope this small effort will help the bees which amaze us and are such a vital cog in the wheel of life on planet earth.

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Honey bees frantically collecting all the resources they can over the last few fine days before the weather changes and winter draws closer.

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I have been asked recently about controlling wasps, particularly at this time of year. So here is what I use in my garden and near our bee hives.

I particularly like this design not just because it is quick, cheap and easy but its also effective and attracts wasps and not BEES.

Apologies to any wasp lovers
#wasps, #wasptrap, #bees
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The National Geographic was interviewing a "Bee expert" and was asked how high can bees fly??

“They’re capable of flying very, very high.”

Dillon and his team of researchers found that the bees they collected could fly at air pressure equivalents exceeding 24,275 feet (7,400 meters) above sea level, equivalent to some of the lower peaks in Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range. Two bumble bees were able to fly at more than 29,525 feet (9,000 meters)—higher than Mount Everest.

“We were shocked at how high they could fly,” Dillon from NG😮🐝 said.
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So the other day I was checking our hives and noticed they were running really low on food supplies so we made a massive batch of sugar syrup to gives their stores a boost. During normal times we only get pestered by wasps after free food, the bees aren't usually interested. On this ocassion the bees were all over us obviously VERY hungry. We filled all our feeding jars and left them alone. I got out of my suit and went back to get the empty containers and noticed a few bees had got stuck in the scraps of sugar syrup. There were loads of wasps but I didn't just want to leave the sugar coated bees or they would have died. I got a scrapper which we sometimes use and gently put each bee at the entrance of a nearby hive. (Now usually every bee goes to their own hive, even though the hives look similar and close together they can tell which is their hive and the other bees know who their hive partners are) It was very unlikely I was putting the right bee on the edge of the right hivebut had to try. I was amazed to see other bees from the hive I put the sugar coated bees on coming out and cleaning up their fellow workers. They stoped what they were doing to help a fellow bee. Fabulous.
Sorry YES a wasp was injured during the rushed making of this clip
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Bees returning every day for water.
Some people have bird tables to help nature and to sit and watch the birds come to feed. Well we have a "bee bowl"! It was left over from some fundraising "Fathers Day Gift Idea". Its a dish filled with stones that collects rainwater. (The rainwater part is important, bees don't like tap water - they would choose swamy water rather than our tap water) The stones are higher than the water level so the bees can land and not drownd. We have also added some small holes near the top of the dish so the water level doesn't get too deep. Also slightly OCD I have other containers around collecting rain water I can use to top up the dish.

Nice to sit nearby and watch them come and go all day, they may buzz close by but they aren't interested in stinging. They come back day after day time after time now they know that there is a regular supply of water even flying past nearer leaves with water droplets on. Its getting a little late in the season but give it a try and help our bees. Thanks Carl
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Before I ACTUALLY started keeping bees I thought all you had to do is buy a hive, bees move in and they just get on with being bees!! Over the past three years I have found that sadly that isn't the case. And over the last few months after most of the flowers have died back and the weather being so rubbish we have had to supplement the food and water coming into our hives particularly the smaller colonies, to keep them going till they can hopefully build up enough stores for winter. This involves feeding them sugar syrup. When I first kept bees I was told by some that this would make them lazy and stop them looking for flowers. I HAVE FOUND THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. If there is water, pollen and nectar they can find naturally they will totally ignore what we give them, but during times like now they are sometimes the difference between survival and starvation.

This is a photo of the sugar we will use this week - just this week to keep the small colonies going, and we will probably need the same again for the foreseeable future.
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The sponsorship plaque for Marple Website has finally arrived from our suppliers who were shielding during lockdown. All ready to go on the hive the second the rain stops ......if it ever does!! Thank you once again Marple Website.

If you would like to see how you might be able to help go to planbee.uk/how-can-you-support-us/
Thank you😀
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