Want to be the Queen (or King) Bee?

Applications for the LSE SU Beekeeping Society President for 2015/16 are NOW OPEN.

Send your your name and manifesto to lsesu.beekeepingsociety [at] gmail.com by Friday the 12th of June.  The manifestos don’t have to be long (250 words max), and they should outline what you would hope to accomplish over the coming year as President, and why you might be suited to the role.  On the 15th of June we will send out a Doodle poll with the names of the candidates and their manifestos where society members can vote.  Voting will close on the 19th of June at 6pm.  We will announce the President via email on the 19th!

As President, you will be in charge of the whole society.  Some of your responsibilities include organising hive visits; liaising with the members of the LSE Sustainability Team and Luke Dixon (our professional beekeeper); and you will also be responsible for selling our inventory of honey at the end of the summer.  Ideally you would also be able to guide the society over the summer vacation, and you will also hold elections for Treasurer and Secretary in the Michaelmas term.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! When the voting comes around we also strongly encourage everyone to vote!

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2015/16 Treasurer, Amelia Sharman, and President, Stan Shillington, in the LSE Director’s Office

Volunteer at the Bee Collective via Team London

As regular readers of this blog will know, our friends at the Bee Collective (where we process our honey) have some great volunteering opportunities available where you can learn all about honey, how it’s processed, and even get to try some different varieties at the end of the night.

Here are some photos from the last time LSE Bees went to the Bee Collective:

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Watching the honey being spun out of the comb

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Our golden honey!

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Scraping the caps off the comb ready for processing

They’ve now made it even easier to get involved as ou can book a place at their Tuesday night volunteering sessions (6.30-8pm) online at the Team London website. It’s a lot of fun, you can go as a group of friends, or even as a creative and unusual date!

Spaces are limited to six people per session so make sure you register your interest early. At the moment you can try your hand at winter bee crafts, so things like building hives, cleaning beeswax or making seed bombs – sounds brilliant!

So get down there and get involved!

Spot the difference

Just a quick hive visit today as the temperature’s plummeted and we didn’t want to let too much cold air into the hive. But we put our beautiful painted hive in situ (facing vaguely in an easterly direction), improvised a rock pool so the bees could have something to drink and checked on the progress of the new plants (slow, but they’re getting there).

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What was quite interesting though was seeing the difference in pollen on the boards of the two hives which currently have bees in them. The cedar hive (top board) has a new queen and bee stock and is all go! The white hive (bottom board) has an old queen (soon to be replaced) and is much less active.

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Check out the pollen from the cedar hive bees! They’re really getting into the swing of things. Soon we’ll have some new bees in the painted hive as well so it’ll be all go up on the roof.

So make sure you come and visit one time! We’d love to see you there.

London street art

While it hasn’t been seen on any of LSE’s walls (yet!) we’re loving these amazing murals painted by street artist Louis Masai Michel around London and the world.

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They’re part of a series he painted last year called #SavetheBees which was inspired by a trip to South Africa where he learnt about the implications of colony collapse disorder. You can see more brilliant pictures on a post on another blog, Colossal, or on Michel’s website.

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Maybe something for our next hive painting project!

Amazing photographs of LSE Bees by Martin Cervenansky

We had a special visit from photojournalist Martin Cervenansky last week who has a history of photographing bees in interesting places (check out these other great photos). He’s currently studying documentary photography at the University of the Arts London and is a photographer at the University’s Artefact Magazine.

He took some shots of our current president, Stan Shillington, as well as Laura Price putting the finishing touches on the newly painted hive.

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(c) Martin Cervenansky

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(c) Martin Cervenansky

We think these photos are brilliant! Love the stormy skies and interesting compositions. Check out his Facebook, Twitter or website for more.

Signing the beehive

To celebrate Green Week and the painting of our beehive, we have been collecting signatures on the hive’s roof. We had a great day out on Houghton St getting people to make Green Week pledges and signing the hive and giving away food, cycle shirts and other goodies in return.

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We also got some big name signatures – can you spot them amongst all the others?

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That’s right, we managed to get LSE Director, Craig Calhoun to sign our hive! Here he is signing, as well as Sabrina d’Anjou, Diary and Travel Co-ordinator to the Director.

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We’re well chuffed with all the signatures and we’re looking forward to the hive’s grand unveiling on the rooftop sometime soon!

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Photos 2-5 copyright Dan Reeves, 2015.

Green Week gardening workshop

We had a really productive gardening workshop today – finally getting all our planters in place, doing some much needed weeding, and sowing marigold, foxglove and wildflower seeds. Can’t wait to see them come up! Massive thanks to everyone who came along and got their hands dirty.

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We also put our gorgeous new red cedar hive in place – it smells amazing and all it needs now are some bees! Come check it all out at the hive visit tomorrow (11 Feb, 2.30pm).

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