I was extremely lucky to join a tree hive making course organised by Free the Bees in Switzerland last week.
|Hive ready for bees|
The top 1/3 of the hive is always left undisturbed for brood and winter stores. Honey is harvested from the bottom 2/3rds of the hive - if there is any. Typically 10-15Kg is harvested in a normal year.
With the help of the Bashkirs, Dr Jungius and WWF colleagues taught a dedicated group of Polish beekeepers who now have 50 hive trees running in Poland. The Polish masters were in Switzerland last week where we made 3 tree hives and 5 log hive versions for hanging in trees. While these may be the first ever tree hives in Switzerland, we do know that the oldest recorded log hive was found at Arbon Bleiche and dates from 3380 BC. If anybody would like to have the first tree hive in the UK - Get in touch!
|Free the bees Tamga |
Let Tree hives flourish
|Inside a new hive|
|Tomasz demonstrates traditional |
I will be sharing some of my experiences at this event, on April 19th 2014 in Somerset UK. We will have a 1 hour presentation followed by a hands on log hive making session (Bashkir style!) for those that need more than just talk. Other events are planned in the near future, please contact me if you want those details.
More information can be found in the following links:
The Tree Beekeeping Field Guide - Ebook by Author of this Article
Swiss TV report on the tree hives (Mostly in Bavarian - skip 50 seconds for pictures)
www.bartnictwo.org (By Tomasz Dzierżanowski - In Polish)