Bees in the borough project video

Here is a video about the bees in the borough project in Burnley.  It outlines the main aims of the project -to establish a thriving population of British native honeybees, expand the forage acreage for honey bees, train people in the skills of beekeeping, raise awareness of the plight of honey bees in general, establish nucleus colonies of native honeybees for local people and create and establish a nursery production of bee forage plants.  It explains how  the boundaries of the Bees in the Borough Project are dictated by a belt of high moorland surrounding the Burnley and Pendle area, thereby isolating our bees from those in the surrounding areas.

Save our Bees!

Just a quick post to encourage people to send a message out to help stop toxic pesticides and protect bees under EU regulation.  European Countries vote in 36 hours!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bye_bye_killers_uk

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winter challenges and rewards

This winter has had its share of challenges and rewards at offshoots.

 

pond repare
pond repair

The pond in front of the Walter Segal building sprung a leak and needed emptying, relining and refilling.  It was challenging for the volunteers to do this and preserve the habitat ready for the frogs – the frost made it even more so!  The water was emptied bucket by bucket into a temporary container made from straw bails and a plastic sheet.

pond repair

The rewards for  the volunteers hard work?  Winter harvest vegetables!

 

winter harvest vegetables
winter harvest vegetables

 

beesintheborough

There are a couple of places available on the 1 day Introduction to Beekeeping Course this Friday 15th February. Ring 07525 991585 for details or see our website – http://www.offshoots.org.uk/training_education.html

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beesintheborough

Just to let you all know that the Instrumental Insemination equipment has arrived together with the Microscope Eyepiece Digital camera!  We also have 4 well made bee hive stands courtesy of Bill Ainsworth.  Thanks Bill!

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A Frosty Xmas Volunteer Wednesday

Yesterday was volunteer wednesday at Offshoots. It was frosty, so we stayed in the Walter Segal building (which was nice and warm) and we made some Christmas reefs. Here are some pictures of our creative christmas festivities.

A frosty day at offshoots
A frosty day at offshoots

Charcoal kiln

Reif Making

xmas Reif at offshoots

Hammered Silver Ring

This is one of the rings I have been working on recently.  The ring is hammered silver, and is hallmarked. It is about 4mm wide.  I’m going to be selling these on my Etsy shop at different widths and at any required ring size.

hallmarked hammered silver ring
a hallmarked silver ring