Winter Sale – 25% Off 125ml Skin Care

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful loyal customers. As a small token of our gratitude, and to celebrate getting into the home straight before the end of Winter, we’re offering 25% off on our most popular product – the Apis Mellifera 125ml Skin Care.

Simply use the coupon code ‘winterbee’ when you get to the checkout to receive your discount. Offer ends when winter does – August 31st. Thank you!

Merry Christmas from The Apiary!

Please note we will be closed from December 23rd until January 9th. You will still be able to order online with us, but order will only be dispatched twice weekly until we reopen.

Davidson’s Organic Propolis Price Drop!

Today we’re really pleased to announce that The Apiary has reduced the price of Davidson’s Propolis today.

We want to make it more available to our customers because it’s a great tasting product and we believe you should all have a bottle in your cupboard to fight winter colds and flu. As our manager Kate says: “If I feel like I’m getting a cold I take three drops, three times a day, for three days ,and it works, especially now that I have small grandchildren in the family who love to share bugs with gay abandon. Our customers use our Propolis for sore throats, laryngitis, to fight common colds and sinus infections.” It tastes great – honey flavoured but with lovely hints of plant resin and beeswax.  We use a very gentle process with our bee products that extracts all the goodness from a beehive including bee pheromones and flavinoloids which have a taste and aroma that makes you feel so much better. Davidson’s Propolis is made with a certified organic process and we don’t use alcohol or any artificial flavours. It’s one of the few propolis-based products suitable for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children. So try it out now for 25% less than it used to be. As they say on the carpet commercials …

Two Remote Scottish Isles To Become UK’s First Reserve For Honey Bees

There are around 250 native species of bee in Britain but just a single honey bee – the Apis mellifera. The isles of Colonsay and Oronsay are currently home to around 50 colonies and have now been named in a new Scottish Government order to protect the species from cross-breeding and disease.

The Bee Keeping (Colonsay and Oronsay) Order 2013 comes into force on 1 January and will make it an offence to keep any honeybees on the islands except Apis mellifera, whose hardiness allows them to survive the harsh climate of Scotland’s west coast.

Beekeeper Andrew Abrahams has campaigned for the islands to be recognised as a sanctuary for the species.

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    Welcoming the new legislation, Abrahams said: “It’s the government’s acknowledgement that native bees should be conserved because they are much more suitable to our difficult environment, and the increasingly difficult environment global warming will bring us.”

    Most of Britain’s native honeybee species were wiped out in the early 20th century by the “Isle of Wight disease”, caused by a parasitic mite which spread throughout the country.

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  • A few isolated populations survived and formed the basis of apiaries set up by Abrahams in 1978.

    The biggest threat to bees kept in apiaries today is the deadly Varroa mite, which was first discovered in the UK in 1992 and has led to the virtual elimination of feral bee colonies in many areas. Adidas Scarpe Uomo Colonsay was chosen as a reserve because its bees are free from the disease and are genetically pure.

    The Scottish Government granted the order after a public consultation received overwhelming support.

    Nigel Southworth, New Balance 574 Pas Cher editor of the Scottish Beekeeper magazine, said: “This is great news for beekeeping, Asics Gel Lyte 5 męskie not only in Scotland, but the whole of the UK and beyond.

    “Congratulations to Andrew for achieving this and full credit to the Scottish Government for going ahead with the reserve.

    “At a time when honeybees are facing perhaps the greatest threat to their survival, this very positive move could be seen in future years to be one of the landmark decisions that helped not only to save this kind of bee, but triggered new initiatives to help both the honeybees and mankind.”

    Eric McArthur, vice president of Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association, said: “The need for this reserve has been a long time in coming.”

    McArthur added that the Colonsay and Oronsay reserve ranks in importance with Australia’s Kangaroo Island, which was designated as a reserve for the native bee of Italy, Apis mellifera ligustica, which was imported there in the 1880s. It is now believed to hold the last remaining pure stock of the species anywhere in the world.

    McArthur said: “The honey bees on Colonsay and Oronsay have the same significance for future Apis mellifera mellifera genetic purity as Kangaroo Island has for Apis mellifera lig­ustica.

    “These islands will become a Mecca not only for worldwide beekeepers interested in seeing the pure race Apis mellifera mellifera for themselves but also for scientists investigating the limits of genetic diversity in any closed and isolated population.

    “The importance of the Col­onsay and Oronsay honeybee reserve to Scotland’s economy cannot be stressed strongly enough and the islands should be developed as a Centre of Excellence for the black bee of Scotland.”

    Environment and climate change minister Paul Wheelhouse, who signed the order, said the new reserve fits in with wider work being undertaken on bee health in Scotland and would be significant in ensuring a bright future for black bees on the island.

    “The Bee Keeping Order illustrates how our non-native species legislation can be used to protect our native wildlife,” he said.

    “The order is a targeted measure to protect an important population of black bees on Colonsay from hybridisation with non-native bees.

    “We are working in close collaboration with the Scottish Beekeepers Association and Bee Farmers Association to deliver the ten-year Honeybee Health Strategy, Jordan 11 Pre-School which aims to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honeybees for pollination and honey production in Scotland.”

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    Recipe: The Honey Garlic Natural Sore Throat Remedy

    As you may or may not know, garlic is a powerful immune-booster. Nike Air Lebron 13 Ep It is very effective against nasty bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Honey, especially that of the raw and unheated variety, also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, so when you combine the two, you’ve got a great aid to help you fight sore throats, colds or the flu.

    To be most effective as an antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal, though, garlic needs to be eaten raw and in rather large quantities. This is tough for most of us.

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    So here’s a tip: when infused in honey, raw garlic becomes far more palatable. adidas cloudfoam hombre Yummy even. It is a great idea to keep a jar of this on hand at all times. Maglie Los Angeles Lakers At the first sign of a sore throat (or a cold or the flu), start popping your honey infused garlic and if you can, try to eat one clove every hour or two all day long.

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    So make up a jar of this and keep it in your fridge and you’ll be all set for next winter (or the next time you get sick). The garlic is ready to eat after a few days but tastes much better when it has hung out in the honey for a few months. 2017 asics pas cher Try to replace the garlic cloves with fresh ones whenever you’ve taken some out for use, so that the jar remains pretty much full at all times.

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    Directions:

    1. Fill jar with unpeeled garlic cloves and then pour the honey over the garlic. Under Armour UA Curry 2 Allow mixture to infuse for at least several days before using, then store in the refrigerator where it will keep for a year or more.

    2. asics femme At the first sign of illness, start eating a clove every hour or two. Aim for about 6 cloves per day. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood The honey can be taken on its own by the spoonful as a cough syrup. You could also mix a teaspoon of the honey with some raw apple cider vinegar and hot water and drink this as a tonic when you’re sick; feel free to add a dash of cayenne pepper, too- this is excellent for your sinuses.

    via Healthy Green Kitchen.

    Recipe: Brown Sugar Honey Marinated Salmon with Caramelized Pineapple Quinoa

    Summer is well and truly upon us, which means getting outside and enjoying the weather when it lasts. But you’ll want something delicious to come back inside for when the sun goes down and it’s time for dinner, and this recipe, while somewhat involved, will pay dividends in the taste department.

    Coming from Ambitious Kitchen, this delicious gluten free Summer meal is great if you want to impress your friends. The only potential downside is that the prep time may be disproportionate to the amount of time it takes to consume this delicacy.

    Ingredients
    For salmon:
    • 1 pound salmon
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Davidson’s Raw & Unheated Organic Honey
    • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce, gluten free if desired
    • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, if desired
    • 1/2 of a whole pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into small chunks (so you don’t have to cut later)

    For quinoa:

    • 3/4 cup uncooked organic quinoa
    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup diced red onion
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • Fresh limes to squeeze, if desired
    • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds, for topping
    Directions
    1. In a large bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients: brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, pineapple juice, mustard, sesame and olive oil, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes if desired. Place salmon in large zip lock bag and add marinade. Asics Pas Cher Place in refrigerator for up to 8 hours but at least 1 hour. You can also marinade it in a baking pan.
    2. Preheat oven to 200 degree C (about 400F). Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
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    Salmon is very sensitive and can dry out easily if overcooked, so make sure you watch your fish! For every inch of thickness of the salmon, generally it takes about 10 minutes to cook.
    Usually salmon fillets are about 1 1/2 inches thick. Preparing quinoa ahead of time makes this dish even easier.

    Fear of Predators Forces Honey Bees To Avoid Good Food Sources

    When most people think of honey bees they either consider them being horrible stinging death machines, or serently flittering from flower to flower collecting pollen amid a picturesque scene of pastoral beauty. Neither is very true, as the life of the honey bee is a difficult one, with many predators to stay away from.

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  • In bees, fear is shown through foragers avoiding dangerous food sites, thereby reducing the fitness of pollinated plants. Vêtements Adidas Pas Cher Pas Cher However, it remains unclear how fear affects pollinators in a complex natural scenario involving multiple predator species and different patch qualities.

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  • James Nieh, a professor of biology at UC San Diego, worked with scientists at Yunnan Agricultural University in China to study the impact on foraging Asian honey bees of the monstrous-looking Asian Giant hornet, Vespa tropica, and a smaller hornet species known as Vespa velutina, which has invaded Europe and now poses a threat to European honey bees.

    predators2“This strategy of colonies collectively exhibiting significantly more caution than the riskier individual foragers may help honey bees exploit all of the available food sources, with some intrepid foragers visiting more dangerous food while the colony judiciously decides how to best allocate its foraging,” Nieh.

    “The Asian Giant hornets are dangerous, heavily armored predators,” says Ken Tan, the first author of the paper. “Bee colonies respond by forming balls of defending bees, encasing the hornet and, in some cases, cooking it to death with heat generated by the bees.”

    The researchers found that bees treated the bigger hornet species, which is four times more massive than the smaller species, as more dangerous. nike tn requin In a series of experiments, they presented bees with different combinations of safe and dangerous feeders—depending on their association with the larger or smaller hornets—containing varying concentrations of sucrose.

    “Bees avoided the dangerous feeders and preferred feeders that provided sweeter nectar,” says Nieh. “However, predators are clever and can focus on sweeter food, ones which bees prefer. So we also tested how bees would respond when sweeter food was also more dangerous. What we found was that the individual bees were more risk-tolerant. They avoided the giant hornet at the best food, but continued to visit the lower quality food with the smaller hornet.”

    The study demonstrated two classic effects of fear: changing prey foraging durations and space use. Fjällräven Kånken Salu Predator presence reduced the bees spent collecting food by 17–33% and elicited bee avoidance, decreasing visitation to dangerous feeders by. This falls into line with such avoidance techniques by other animals, such as Redshank birds which spend less time foraging in saltmarshes on days with high predation risk from sparrowhawks. Wild herbivores in the African savanna prefer low tree density areas where predators are easier to detect. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames blauw

    Aerial predators of honey bees, like hornets, can capture bees in flight and may therefore have a larger spatial influence than sit-and-wait predators, which are more localised.

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  • Such aerial insectivores may reduce plant fitness and mean colonies avoid what would otherwise be considered perfectly good food sources.

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  • This fascinating study showed that colony foraging, the result of mass recruitment, was more affected by fear than individual foraging choice. Mass recruitment is a key foraging strategy of highly social bees, which are also important pollinators in ecosystems around the world. Thus, understanding the emergent effects of fear at the superorganism level, how colonies differ in fearful behavior from their individual members, will provide a better understanding of how fear has shaped the evolution of bee foraging and how the effects of fear can be amplified at the colony level, thereby exerting a wider effect on a vital ecosystem service, pollination.

    via PLOS ONE and UCSD.