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Phil Chandler, teacher and author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper', talks about 'balanced beekeeping' and explains why he believes we need to change both the way we grow our food and the way we work with honeybees if we want them - and ourselves - to survive and thrive. Beekeeping has been all about honey production. Now we need to learn to value bees for their own sake - for their part in nature as pollinators of many plant species, both wild and cultivated. The Barefoot Beekeeper is available in print or as an ebook from www.biobees.com

Phil Chandler, teacher and author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper', talks about 'balanced beekeeping' and explains why he believes we need to change both the way we grow our food and the way we work with honeybees if we want them - and ourselves - to survive and thrive. Beekeeping has been all about honey production. Now we need to learn to value bees for their own sake - for their part in nature as pollinators of many plant species, both wild and cultivated. The Barefoot Beekeeper is available in print or as an ebook from www.biobees.com
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Phil Chandler, teacher and author of 'The Barefoot Beekeeper', talks about 'balanced beekeeping' and explains why he believes we need to change both the way we grow our food and the way we work with honeybees if we want them - and ourselves - to survive and thrive. Beekeeping has been all about honey production. Now we need to learn to value bees for their own sake - for their part in nature as pollinators of many plant species, both wild and cultivated. The Barefoot Beekeeper is available in print or as an ebook from www.biobees.com

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Episodes

A Chat in the Park With Bryn Simon

11/8/2017
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Bryn Simon, President of Sydney Inner West Beekeepers, NSW, Australia, was in the UK and asked if he could visit and ask me some questions. The sound quality is not perfect: there was a fair bit of background noise from road drills and seagulls, and I had the gain turned up a little too high, but if you can overlook that, we had a good chat about bees and beekeeping.

Duration:00:49:57

Dave Goulson and Brigit Strawbridge

7/3/2017
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Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at Sussex University, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and has published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects. His published books include Bumblebees; their behaviour, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), and A Buzz in the Meadow (2017, Vintage Books. Brigit Strawbridge is a campaigner on behalf of bumblebees and other wild bees and is...

Duration:00:56:04

Bees, Soil Fertility, Permaculture and Bees

12/19/2016
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Caring for bees needs to start with a healthy soil. Modern agriculture uses a lot of chemicals just to grow our food, let alone the processing. That harms the soil, plants, and the pollinators. There is a different way, and we need more people educated to create that healthy environment. Daniel, who is the interviewer in this podcast is currently gathering funds to learn soil microbiology from the perspective of growing any kind of plant without chemicals, and guaranteeing maximum...

Duration:01:14:49

My talk to the BIBBA Conference 2016

11/10/2016
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I was invited to the BIBBA Conference on the Isle of Man this year to talk about top bar hives. This is my talk, lightly edited to remove the soundtrack of a video at the end. My talk was introduced by Johnny Kipps, a resident of the island, who took me to see his top bar hives during one of the lunch breaks. You can see the video of his hives, complete with local black bees, here https://youtu.be/jRebDnqj-wc

Duration:01:00:01

Conversation with Kate Atchley

5/17/2016
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I met up with Kate Atchley after a weekend spent teaching a group of beginners at Glenuig, in the Lochaber area on the coast south of the Isle of Skye. Kate started beekeeping in London, later in Edinburgh and latterly on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, just north of Mull. We had an interesting conversation about black bees (Apis mellifera mellifera) and other aspects of beekeeping in Scotland.

Duration:00:31:14

Willie Robson Part 2

2/11/2016
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This is Part 2 of the session with Willie Robson, which has a somewhat better sound quality as the storm had reduced in strength by the time we had finished lunch. Willie spent an hour answering questions from the audience and I think you will find this session very interesting, especially if you keep or are planning to keep black bees. I should also mention that I have just published another book, called Balanced Beekeeping II: Managing the Top Bar Hive. It has taken me nearly two years...

Duration:00:57:10

Willie Robson: 53 years among the bees

2/9/2016
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Willie Robson runs between 1500 and 2000 hives as a family business in Northumberland, the most northerly county in England. This is a challenging environment, with high rainfall and cold winters, often with weeks of snow. He uses only native "black" bees, which have adapted to the climate and - according to Willie - to his management methods, which are of necessity based on a relatively low-interference protocol. This recording was made in Cornwall on 6th February 2016, where Willie was...

Duration:01:05:26

Dr Vandana Shiva and the fight against GM piracy

10/9/2014
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This is possibly the most important podcast I have recorded this year, not so much because of my part in it, but because most of it is a recording of a talk by Dr Vandana Shiva at a conference held at Dartington Hall on October 7th 2014. Vandana is one of the leading lights in the fight against the corporations that are intent on patenting life in all its forms, and owning the entire food chain, worldwide, from seed to mouth. If you think I am exaggerating this claim for dramatic effect,...

Duration:00:56:52

Alys Fowler

9/29/2014
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This is a chat with Alys Fowler with a contribution from Steve Benbow about her venture into beekeeping with a top bar hive, and the book they are writing together.

Duration:00:13:42

Birds and Bees: decline and conservation

5/29/2014
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A half-hour conversation with RSPB Council member Kevin Cox, discussing the dramatic decline in the populations of many birds in the UK, and what we could all do to improve the situation.

Duration:00:34:34

Dawn Chorus

5/24/2014
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I woke up early, just as the birds were starting to sing, so I opened a window and switched on my recorder.

Duration:01:30:09

The Buzz Tour - Interview with Eve Carnall

4/17/2014
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Eve Carnall is about to set off on a four month journey, across the length and breadth of England. In this interview, she talks about her science background, her work at the Environment Agency and the motivations for her journey. To find out more visit her blog - buzztour.org Twitter - @buzztour email - changepollination@gmail.com divestment - http://gofossilfree.org/uk

Duration:00:47:49

Swarms, Nucs and Packages - and summer bee events

4/14/2014
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Recorded about 4am, so please excuse me if I sound a little sleepy... I talk about the weekend course just completed at Brinscall Hall, Lancashire, and the other things happening there this year, including the Friends of the Bees Northern Gathering in August. See www.biobees.com/training.php for training and www.biobees.com/events.php for events. Then follows a bit of a rant about AI queens; the evils of packages, and the inflated prices charged by bee breeders.

Duration:00:23:40

Steve Benbow and the London Honey Company

3/4/2014
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Alys Fowler is writing another book, this time with London beekeeper Steve Benbow. It will be full of great gardening tips, focusing on how to plant for pollinators - especially bees. Steve talks about the book and his plans for siting top bar hives at the Tate Gallery. This is where to find out more about the book - http://unbound.co.uk/books/letters-to-a-beekeeper

Duration:00:17:33

The Importance Of Being Insulated

2/26/2014
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This episode features a short 'catch-up' interview with Brigit Strawbridge; discussion of hive insulation, the eco-floor and the periscope entrance; and a session I call 'live at the hive', recorded at my 'Perone-style' apiary near Buckfastleigh.

Duration:00:35:42

Last Podcast of 2013

12/31/2013
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Those of us in the northern hemisphere are missing the sounds of our bees, so here is a recording I made in Spring 2011, followed by a complete recording of The Bee Song, written for this podcast by Lara Conley. You can find more of Lara's music here https://myspace.com/laraconleymusic This is a video I shot of her the first time I met her in Totnes - http://youtu.be/8AvA1k4obO0

Duration:00:08:41

Findhorn: a conversation with 'feral elder' Craig Gibsone

9/21/2013
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Part 2 of my Findhorn series (there may be a Part 3 as well) is a conversation with long-term Findhorn resident and self-declared 'feral elder', Craig Gibsone. We cover a lot of territory in this interview, including bees, permaculture, war and peace, life and death. And the 250-year flood that may wipe Findhorn off the map...

Duration:00:39:09

Findhorn: a conversation with co-founder Dorothy Maclean

8/27/2013
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I recently visited the Findhorn community, near Inverness, to help them build a top bar hive and talk about natural beekeeping. The first voice is that of 92-year-old Dorothy Maclean, the only survivor of the original group of three - the other two being Eileen and Peter Caddy - who started what became the Findhorn community just over 50 years ago. You can find out more about Findhorn on their website - findhorn.org Today's podcast is an edited version of my conversation with Dorothy and...

Duration:00:37:36

Inner Beekeeping

8/14/2013
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Recorded at the 2013 Friends of the Bees unConvention. 'Inner Beekeeping' is about the way our interactions with bees affects us internally. Everyone's experience may be different, yet there is a lot of commonality. A wide-ranging discussion, unfortunately with some intrusive background noise at times.

Duration:01:03:48

Kate Bradbury on wildlife gardening, urban foxes, bumblebees and hedgehogs

7/8/2013
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Kate Bradbury is well known to UK gardeners from her contributions to Gardeners' Question Time and as the former editor of Gardeners' World magazine. Her new book, The Wildlife Gardener, is available from Kyle Books - http://www.kylebooks.com/display.asp?ISB=%229780857831576%22 Kate gave a talk in May 2013 at Sharpham House, near Totnes in South Devon at an event organised by Friends of the Bees and PUPA and co-sponsored by the Royal Entomological Society.

Duration:00:29:11