Author Archives: Martin Harker

2023 Beekeeping Report

It has been a challenging year for beekeeping. We came through the winter with nine of our FHT original eleven hives situated up near the Findhorn Wind Park turbines alive and active. However, a poor spring meant that we continued the winter feeding into April. We made a quick inspection in early April and all […]

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Findhorn Apiary News and Bottling Liquid Gold

A busy season concluded with the annual honey harvest in early September. This is later than for many apiaries, but we are fortunate to have heather blooming on the dunes in August and the bees are able to gather a lovely harvest of nectar. This mixes with the summer nectar to produce a delicious honey. […]

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Infinity and beyond

A poem written by the sister of Martin Harker, our bee man, that captures the wonder of working and interacting with the natural world.  May it bring a smile, deep nourishment and a sense of hope that springs from this beautiful world we live in. How many trees have you planted How many seeds have […]

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A bee’s view of life at the Findhorn Apiary – November 2021

In the previous report you read about the life of one of my great aunts inside the hive and how she progressed to be a forager, collecting nectar to produce honey. Well, since then our colony has been very busy foraging and building up our food supplies for winter. We need to have about 20kg […]

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A bee’s view of life at the Findhorn Apiary August 21

The previous report from the Findhorn Apiary was from my great aunt. She hatched last autumn and had the important role, along with about 10,000 of her sisters, of keeping the colony sustained through the winter. She had to help keep the colony warm and the queen fed ready for laying in the spring. Then […]

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National Honey Monitoring Scheme

The Findhorn Apiary participates in the National Honey Monitoring Scheme, which is important research making use of the foraging of honey bees to monitor environmental changes. We are delighted to be part of the Scheme. We receive interesting information about which plants our bees have been visiting, derived from DNA analysis of the honey. In […]

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A bee’s view of life at the Findhorn Apiary

I live at the Findhorn Apiary with my sisters and cousins. About 100,000 of us lived through last winter, in eight hives and were delighted that all eight colonies were healthy and ready for spring. In the autumn we had been given plenty of lovely thick sugar syrup to fill our combs, so we had […]

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