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.
This winter has had its share of challenges and rewards at offshoots.
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.
The rewards for the volunteers hard work? Winter harvest vegetables!
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!
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.
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.