• At work in the orchard

    Apple blossom is now fully out, and our bees are busy gathering both pollen and nectar.

    As the bees fly from flower to flower and tree to tree, they brush pollen on to the stigma of the flower allowing pollination to occur.

  • Dodging the May showers

    After a succession of wet, cool days, the bees took advantage of late afternoon sunshine to gather nectar and pollen in this south facing hive. Such is the intensity of activity that they are queuing at the hive entrance; the heavy loads of yellow pollen can be seen on their hind legs

    Due to the cold weather, spring blossom is flowering much later than usual. Our bees desperately need some warm sunny weather so that they can gather nectar to make honey. The honey bees won't leave their hive in the wet, cold and windy weather that has persisted throughout this spring.


    During our stay at Sanctuary Swala Camp in Tanzania, we visited a beekeeping project which has been developed by Sanctuary Swala, located in the village of Mwika on the border of Tarangire National Park. As well as helping to preserve the natural environment the project provides a valuable source of income to the community.

    Sanctuary Swala provided the village with the materials to make the top bar hives, as well as knowledge and the equipment to keep bees which produce organic acacia honey.

    The honey that is harvested is sold through Sanctuary Swala with all proceeds going back to the project. With the success of the first harvest of honey in August 2010 the project has plans to develop and grow to over 100 hives in the next three years, providing more families with income from a traditional foodstuff.


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Mwika beekeepers with Viv and Steve
See the top bar hives suspended in the trees behind