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Issue No. 23, Spring 2022
Inside this issue:
• Beekeeping with Log Hives and the Problems Concerning the Heather Moors of Northern Ukraine (Irena Piletska, Serge Zhila & Alexander Komissar, Ukraine)
• In Praise of Re-cycling – a Top Bar Hive made from a Fridge (Vita Vydra, Czech Republic)
• What Bees Want v. What Beekeepers Want (Anne Harman, USA)
• Of Hives Proper for Bees (D. L. Adair, USA)
• Elements of an Agave Honey Bee (Log) Hive (Neil Rusch, South Africa)
• Comparative Monitoring of Free-living Honey Bee Colonies in Three Western European Regions (Dr. med. Uwe M. Lang, Vincent Albouy & the late Christian Zewen)
This magazine will be of special interest to beekeepers who have for many reasons moved away from keeping their colonies in conventional ways, or who prefer their bees to be kept in hives more suited to the bees’ needs rather than for the beekeeper’s ease of management.
Such beekeepers allow the bees to live their lives with minimal interference. The bees build comb freely and swarm and reproduce with queens raised naturally rather than being propagated by the beekeeper via emergency queens.
Natural beekeepers also refrain from using chemicals for the control of pests and diseases and strive to create an environment in their apiaries and gardens which will give the bees at least some year-round forage.
Husbandry is the name of all the practices that sustain life by connecting us conservingly to our places and our world; it is the art of keeping tied all the strands in the living network that sustains us.