I am a beekeeper based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK. I am relatively new to beekeeping with 2010 being the first year that I have had my own hives set up. This blog follows my experiences as a new beekeeper, in both words and pictures, and hopefully proves to be of use to other beekeepers or to those considering starting up as well as entertaining or educational for those who are just interested in bees or enjoy seeing me get stung!

10 responses to this post.

  1. Hello Daniel,

    I’m sure you are in your busiest time of the year for Beekeeping right now, but I thought that I would reach out to you about CCD, how it’s affecting bees and beekeepers, and how it can be helped! Whenever you have a moment, please take a look at BeesFree (www.beesfree.biz) because we are proud to have created a solution that is the only product known to prevent the effects of CCD and save bees! (Also, if anyone uses our product and loses their bees, we will replace them.) We’re very confident about this product and were hoping it might be a good fit for you and/or your readers, who also care about bees and the effect they have on our environment and food.
    We have plenty more information so let me know if you are interested and we can provide that info or answer questions.



    • Hi Sara,
      thanks for your email. Obviously I have not used your product so cannot endorse it but I am happy for your comments and links to BeesFree to be displayed on the blog so that other people can look at what you are achieving with your new product. I wish you and the bees, the very best of luck!



  2. Posted by Sarah on March 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Daniel,

    I’m just following up with the members of the Sevenoaks & T Wells Beekeeping club who haven’t renewed their subscriptions yet this year. Can you let me know if you’ll be renewing? Sorry I don’t have your email address

    Regards. Sarah Rapley


  3. Hi Daniel,
    I’m a bee keeper from Melbourne, Australia. I recently made a video of a hive inspection and included one of your photos. I’ve given you a credit in the Youtube description box. I hope this is ok. Here is the video:

    And another little video of a bee buzzing around the apple tree in my backyard:

    Hope you and your bees are well.


    • Hi Jacqueline, that’s absolutely fine and many thanks for the credit. Unfortunately I am unable to view your YouTube video due to content restrictions on what is available to view in other regions apparently.

      I hope your bee’s are thriving and I assume are free of varroa?
      Kind regards



  4. Oh what a shame! It’s the music I used. It can’t be viewed in certain countries. Thank you for the use of your photo.

    And yes I’m happy to say that my bees are thriving. I harvested 8kg of honey recently and am expecting more soon. We’ve had a few heat waves here in Melbourne but the bees are coping. I haven’t had any comb collapse.

    Yes they’re free of varroa, but I think it would be good for Australian bee keepers to start thinking about how to adapt once it’s here.

    By the way, I watched a great bee documentary called Queen of the Sun. I recommend it if you haven’t seen it already.

    All the best to you,


  5. Hello – I am a musician / composer and just came out with my first CD called Strength and Kindness.

    Two of my compositions are about bees. I have written 9 tunes about the life of bees and would like my next CD to be the complete Bee Suite.

    I thought I might be able to get some feedback from your readers about the two tunes I have already recorded. May I email you the mp3 links with a brief description of the songs for possible submission?

Thank You,



  6. Posted by María on September 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Hello, I want to ask you if you let me use some of your images for a proyecto to beeskeepers in central america. The proyect is an article about how the bees get ill and we are trying to prevent that. The article is cordinated by IICA, an agricultural organization aroud the world. Let me know if you let me use your images. Thank you


  7. Hey there!
    Would you mind if I use your photo on your Starvation page of the bees stuck in the honeycomb? It’s for me website and I don’t mind giving you cred if that’ll suit you!
    I already have it up because I loved it so much, happy to take it down if you don’t agree!

    Let me know!


  8. Posted by Mike Hayward on January 16, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Great bee blog Dan! I know I’ll learn a great deal reading it.
    I will read deeper in to see if you mention anything about something I am interested in: the different sounds we hear in/from a bee hive.
    Mike Hayward, Agoura Hills, California


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