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Welcome to Read Apiaries. If you’re here because of the web site address on a jar of our honey – thank you for your purchase, I hope you enjoy the taste of quality honey from NE Hampshire (UK) beehives.

Like most UK beekeepers (there’s about 44,000 of us) I keep Honey Bees as a fascinating hobby, with any income made from the sale of honey going to help look after my hives and their honeybee colonies.

Graham

You can contact me via email on:
beekeeper@honey-bee.co.uk

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1 month ago

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Thank you to everyone who purchased a spring crop jar of Read Apiary honey, it’s been very popular and we’ve sold out!

However the good news it’s that a friend and fellow beekeeper keeps his hive at the same location as some of our hives, and he has some of his honey available, which we’re selling for him - same price. His honey is also available from our front door, so same easy to collect and pay address.
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1 month ago

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Spring crop being extracted today, should be bottled by Tuesday latest. Same price as last year - £5 for 12oz / 340g. ...

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3 months ago

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Beekeeping season very much underway. First inspection of the year last weekend and the colonies have all started rearing brood, rates will increase now up to 2000 new bees a day. Swarming will start soon. Bait boxes have gone out to ‘catch’ any passing swarms (see picture). Beekeeper’s have started weekly inspections and will be on the look out for swarm preparations. In these unusual times minimising swarming is more important than ever. ...

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3 months ago

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Still too cold for full inspections, but out checking the hives today (under the current movement restrictions we are allowed to check bees as they are livestock, while still maintaining social distancing). Most of the colonies are getting very low on stores but have made it through the winter. We gave them some top up sugar to tide them over. Roll on spring and the spring flowers. Unfortunately one colony hadn’t made it. ...

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