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Phil Chandler, teacher and author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper', talks about 'balanced beekeeping' and explains why he believes we need to change both the way we grow our food and the way we work with honeybees if we want them - and ourselves - to survive and thrive.

Beekeeping has been all about honey production. Now we need to learn to value bees for their own sake - for their part in nature as pollinators of many plant species, both wild and cultivated.

The Barefoot Beekeeper is available in print or as an ebook from www.biobees.com

The Barefoot Beekeeper Phil Chandler

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Phil Chandler, teacher and author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper', talks about 'balanced beekeeping' and explains why he believes we need to change both the way we grow our food and the way we work with honeybees if we want them - and ourselves - to survive and thrive.

Beekeeping has been all about honey production. Now we need to learn to value bees for their own sake - for their part in nature as pollinators of many plant species, both wild and cultivated.

The Barefoot Beekeeper is available in print or as an ebook from www.biobees.com

    On Bovey Heath with Brigit Strawbridge Howard

    On Bovey Heath with Brigit Strawbridge Howard

    We were on the Bovey Heathfield Nature Reserve, near Bovey Tracey in Devon, looking for Heath Potter Wasps with the noted naturalist John Walters, so I took the opportunity to record a short interview...
    Brigit's new book, Dancing with Bees, is published by Chelsea Green and available from http://beestrawbridge.blogspot.com
     

    • 27 min
    Beekeeping in Norway - a chat with Ragna Jorgensen of Bybi

    Beekeeping in Norway - a chat with Ragna Jorgensen of Bybi

    Ragna invited me to Norway to talk to beekeepers about the possibility of using different ways to look after bees, and different hives, including, of course, the top bar hive.


    I had a very enjoyable week in this beautiful country, thanks to my hosts Ragna Jorgensen and Joshua, who will feature in the next podcast, once I have finished editing our long discussion in the car, while driving around the stunning north western coastline of Norway.
    This recording was made in the woods outside Oslo, and I made the mistake of leaving my phone switched on (and receiving a swarm call) so please excuse the occasional radio frequency interference that this caused in my audio recorder. 

    • 21 min
    Bob Hogge from Jersey talks about the invading Asian hornet

    Bob Hogge from Jersey talks about the invading Asian hornet

    The Asian Yellow-Legged Hornet, Vespa velutina, is a serious threat to bees and beekeeping in Britain, given its predatory nature and the fact that a large nest may contain 10-12,000 hungry insects. 
    It also poses a secondary threat to birds and bats, as it has the ability to consume massive numbers of their prey, while themselves being virtually immune from attack by any of our native species. 
    PLEASE LEARN ABOUT THIS DANGEROUS PEST and look out for news about it, preferably by checking the news page on https://friendsofthebees.org and don't rely on newspapers, which regularly feature pictures of the wrong species.
    There is an Android app called "Asian Hornet Watch" that makes identification and reporting easy: this is an invasive non-native species that must be reported to http://www.brc.ac.uk/risc/alert.php?species=asian_hornet 

    If you use FaceBook, look for my page "Defending Britain Against the Asian Hornet" for news and updates.
     
     

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Are Black Bees Best for Britain?

    Are Black Bees Best for Britain?

    I hosted this discussion with about 25 other beekeepers at the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of the BIBBA SW Conference Febriary 16 2019.
     
     

    • 46 min
    Willie Robson - comb honey production

    Willie Robson - comb honey production

    A talk from the 2018 BIBBA conference

    • 59 min
    Jim Ryan - Beekeeping without too many mistakes

    Jim Ryan - Beekeeping without too many mistakes

    Jim Ryan is a beekeeper with many years under his belt, who is not afraid to admit to making mistakes. He is current chair of the Galtee Bee Breeders.
    This talk was recorded at the 2018 BIBBA conference in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
     
     

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

handycale ,

fantastic

very interesting even if you don't keep bees

Slimbeeman ,

Top class

The best and most informative podcast dealing with natural sustainable beekeeping from one if not the most influential TBH beekeeper, highly recommended. He deals with a number of issues that are important to bee keepers and is very candid and open in his views and is a very influential in highlighting the problems that result from modern monoculture farming practices and use of insecticides.

cazm1706 ,

Winter withdrawal

Hi Phil, Next winter could you do more broadcasts, even if they are recorded at other times. I miss my bees in the winter and would like to hear more from you then.
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