People’s Vote Winner Announced

People’s Vote Winner Announced

October 6, 2023

The People's Favourite - Winner - Cluster of Bees

Meet the photographer -
Ramsurendar N K

Ramsurendar is a dentist from south India, who’s very interested in wildlife and nature photography. Over time he has developed his skills and now is a serious hobbyist. His submissions have been showcased in the Wildlife Photographic Magazine several times.

Background to the image: “I came across this bee hive in a forest located in the Western Ghats of India. I wanted to capture the image to exhibit the group of bees and to create awareness that they are part of the biodiversity on which we all depend on for our survival.”

Technical details: The image was shot with a Canon 77d DSLR APC – sensor camera.

Follow his work on: Instagram: @drramsurendars_photography Facebook: /ramsurendar.nk

Second place image

About the Second place image by Darshan Harode

Darshan Harode provided the following caption with their photo:

“Each pair of honeybees legs differ in size and have distinct functions. Bees around the world transport pollen on their hairy hind legs mixing them with either nectar or oil from their mouth. The hind legs of a honeybee serve as a storage box in the pollen-loading process. Whereas the middle leg aids the hind legs in patting down the pollen masses. Each leg comprises of a collecting brush made of stiff unbranched hairs. Honeybees use most of the collected pollens for creating bee wax, and honey and therefore are not the major pollinator bee species.”

The bee is deceased, Darsham found it in a garden at Falmouth University. The Bee was missing its stinger which makes him believe it died of natural cause.

The technique and equipment: There are hundreds of photos stacked to get all the details of the bee. There were multiple failed attempts however i was able to achieve this result at the end.
Equipment used: Macro stackshot rail, product photography stand with continuous lighting for even tone and colour in all photos, Canon R6 with Canon 65mm MP-E lens at 2x magnification, glass box.
 
Darshan’s handle: Instagram: @clickkks | Facebook: @clicks_by_darshan_harode

Third place image

Third place image by Jemima D (10 years old)

This fab photo was taken by 10 year old Jemima D, from Oxford.

Our supporters' incredible photographs

As part of our #GreenStory Campaign, Bees Abroad partnered with internationally renowned photography magazine, Wildlife Photographic, for our first photography competition. The theme of the competition was ‘Bees in Nature’ – bees of all kinds welcome.

We received entries from all over the World: U.K., U.S.A., Singapore, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, and more! We were blown away with the variation and standard of entries that we wanted to share them with you through our People’s Vote Competition.

Below are some of your favourites!

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Charles Butler 400 Anniversary Celebration

Charles Butler 400 Anniversary Celebration

August 30, 2023

400 years of "The Feminine Monarchie"

Bees Abroad was delighted join the Charles Butler 400th Anniversary Bee Fayre Celebration on August 19-20. This special anniversary event of the publication of Butler’s landmark book, “The Feminine Monarchie” in 1623 was held in the beautiful parish church and meadows of Wootton St Lawrence, the pastoral home of Charles Butler. 

The event was magnificently organized by Ken Robson and David Holloway and their team of volunteers. It was a special weekend featuring a great variety of guest speakers and presentations inside the church (including our own Rachel Monger), and in the meadows outside, in the centre of all the stall-holders, there was fantastic walk-through Hive Education Centre designed by beekeepers to tell the “Bee Story” to all ages.  

Charles Butler: The "Father of English Beekeeping"

Charles Butler, known as the “Father of English Beekeeping,” wrote in incredible detail on his patient observations of the hive. His teachings on beekeeping remain an integral part of modern beekeeping to this day. Butler discovered, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, that the bees had a Queen … and not a king. In the hierarchy of the hive, in the geometry of the honeycomb and in the sounds of the bees, his observations showed how bees and music reveal an incredible order in nature.

It was a rare and special treat to hear the Melissomelos Bee Madrigral of Charles Butler performed in his church 400 years later by Stile Antico, an internationally acclaimed early music vocal ensemble!  

Thanksgiving Service and Meaningful Messages

A highlight of the event was a special Thanksgiving Service on Sunday morning. During this service, a splendid message from our Patron, Archbishop Justin Welby was shared, which captured the heart of the weekend celebrations perfectly and was hugely encouraging for us as Bees Abroad.

The service led by Revd Ben Kautzer and creatively themed around bees and in honour of Butler’s legacy, was a fitting celebration and a reminder to us all of the bigger picture of what it means to care for one another and our world.

Bee Fayre and Bees Abroad community celebrations

The Fayre brought together local communities, young and old alike, with beekeepers sharing their knowledge along with stories and crafts and plenty of family fun. Our Bees Abroad volunteers (Richard and Jane, Neil and Kath, the Monger family and Betty Buckland) welcomed many people to our stall and were able to share about the amazing beekeepers we are working with in our projects. It was exciting to share our African Honey Tasting with so many keen tasters! We were able to raise funds in donations and sales as well as promote Hive Twinning with the many beekeepers that were eager to “Bee part of the story” with us. 

Bees Abroad is a beneficiary of the Anniversary Celebrations, and we are extremely grateful to the Charles Butler Foundation for their generosity, and we look forward to collaborating on more events in the future.

For more information visit   www.charles-butler400.co.uk  

A beautiful commemorative book on the legacy of Charles Butler compiled and published by the Basingstoke Beekeepers Association. Available here for purchase.

Wild About Bees – Honey Tasting event

Wild About Bees - Honey Tasting Event

June 8, 2023

Honey tasting with a world expert

On World Bee Day it was a privilege to have author and professional Honey Sommelier, Sarah Wyndham Lewis hosting a Honey Tasting at the Hiver Taproom, in London. Sarah works with Michelin star chefs around the world guiding them through the complex and exciting world of honey and gave the attendees of this unique event the same five-star experience! 

Sarah introduced guests to the experience of honey tasting with a selection of monofloral honeys followed by a multifloral honey from her own bees. This first palette of honey finished with a tasting of a low quality, cheap honey from a supermarket. There’s been a lot of news in the last few months of fraudulent or low-quality supermarket honey, and this event was a chance to share with guests what honey can really taste like. The difference between this and the rich flavours and textures of the pure honey samples was overwhelming! 

A honey journey across four countries

The second palette of honey featured honey from Bees Abroad projects in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. Every country has its own unique flora, affected by the eco-regions, climates and soil types. The unique flora of each was detected in the taste and colour of each from the black Nigerian honey to the opaque golden Ugandan honey.

As Sarah guided guests through the honey, Rachel Monger shared with guests about the areas the honey came from and the beekeepers who had harvested the honey. The beekeeping projects which are supporting farmers on crutches in Sierra Leone and island women in Tanzania. It was an incredible opportunity to taste these African honeys and hear about the difference that these projects are having in their communities. 

It was a gloriously sunny day, and we were delighted to be at the Hiver Taproom where guests could also enjoy a refreshing Hiver honey beer. A big thank you to Hiver for generously donating their event space on a busy Saturday, and to Sarah and her husband Dale (co-founder of Bermondsey Street Bees) for donating their time for this special event. And thanks to Sarah for signing copies of her latest beautiful, engaging and informative book, ‘The Wild Bee Handbook’, for guests with proceeds supporting Bees Abroad projects. 

You can follow Sarah’s work on Instagram at: @honeysommelierlondon and @plantingforthebees 

World Bee Day Luncheon

World Bee Day Luncheon

June 8, 2023

A celebration of The Value of Bees and Honey

For World Bee Day, we celebrated “The Value of Bees and Honey” at a special Luncheon at the Wax Chandlers Hall in London. The event brought together some big names in the bee world and was a chance to share stories, ideas and strengthen connections for our on-going work.  

Guests were warmly welcomed to the event by Bees Abroad Patron, Timothy Maile, the Master of Wax Chandlers. Guest speakers, Anne Rowberry, President of the BBKA and Professor Dave Goulson talked about the critical importance of bees and other pollinators for ensuring food security and maintaining a healthy environment. And our own Bisi New (Nigeria Partnership Manager) provided a fascinating example through the story of Mrs Afuape in Nigeria, of how our work supports entrepreneurs who face limited resources but who are driven and capable of achieving great things when supported.  

Spread the honey, spread the message!

The event featured a delightful menu themed around honey, mead and pollen with bee-pollinated plants, and we were delighted to showcase honey from Bees Abroad beekeepers in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana.

Each jar of honey had a QR code that connected to information on our projects, creating excitement and allowing people to learn more about what Bees Abroad, local communities, and our in-country partners can accomplish with the help of our supporters. 

Thank you to all who continue to support Bees Abroad through your engagement, advocacy and donations.

The Worshipful Wax Chandlers Celebrate 650 Year Anniversary

Event

14th November 2021.

On this day, 650 years ago, November 14, 1371 Edward III (King of England) appointed Walter le Rede and John Pope the first overseers of the Wax Chandlers Mystery (Craft Guild).  

Formed to ‘overse all the defaults in theyre saide crafte’ the guild members engaged in making and selling sealing wax and church candles which were used prolifically in the then Catholic England.

Today the company has connections with the modern wax industry and the beekeeping profession and promotes environmental sustainability. The Company is committed to assisting those in need as well as encouraging good fellowship amongst its members and supporting the Lord Mayor and the City of London corporation.

In is our honour to have the Master of the Wax Chandlers as a Patron of Bees Abroad. This year to mark the 650th Anniversary, a celebratory banquet was held in the City of London’s Guildhall. Every guest at this special occasion was given a Bees Abroad BeesWrap made by the ‘Upendo wa Mama’ albinism women’s group in Tanzania.

The women in Tanzania who themselves now are “engaged in the activity of making and selling of candles” would like to join all at Bees Abroad in celebrating the Wax Chandlers Company on this 650 Anniversary, with gratitude for their valued support.

If you would like to purchase the beautiful Kitenge Beeswraps made by Upendo wa Mama, visit the Bees Abroad online shop.