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Did you know there was an apiary in Ealing? (An apiary is basically a shared allotment where bee keepers house their hives.)

It's in Perivale and run by the Ealing and District Beekeepers Association.

I've just read some of their info and found out a bit more about what happens to bees at this time of year (I often wondered).

''The whole colony will survive the winter, they do this by storing honey in the summer for use in the winter when they are not able to forage for food.

''A beehive could contain up to 50,000 bees, and may produce a surplus of 50Kg of honey each year which is available to the beekeeper to harvest. Of course they produce much more than this but use much of it themselves; they need about 20kg. of stored honey just to survive the winter. ''

My new interest in bees is a result of this weeks featured blog:

Ealing Blog (Eblog) of The Week

Emily Heath describes herself as ' a UK beekeeper living in Ealing, west London. I have been keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary in Perivale for a couple of years now and have created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and – perhaps, one day – future successes. No honey yet!'

You can read all about bees, find out where to buy local honey and learn more about Emily's hobby here in her Adventuresinbeeland's Blog

If you live in, work in or blog about Ealing - or perhaps you have a favourite blog that you think should have a wider audience please contact editor@ealingtoday.co.uk and you - or they - could be featured.

Blogs already featured:

Hurst's Tublography

The Hurst Locker

17th November 2010

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