the bee lady of buckfast abbey


by Tim Willmott : Be the first to leave a comment

Beekeeping was one of the many forms of husbandry used by monasteries in the medieval period. At Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery in Devon, UK, this tradition is carried on under the stewardship of Clare Densley, Head Beekeeper. In these two audio interviews she talks to Tim Willmott about the beekeeping year and the changing face of beekeeping in the UK.

There are many threats to honey bees, the most reported being Colony Collapse Disorder, which as the name suggests can lead to the catastrophic collapse of hives. Clare suggests that the reason for this – and other maladies that affect the honey bee population – is the way we stress the bees in our search for ever-larger and earlier yields of honey.

Books have been published recently with lurid accounts of what a world without bees would be like, and how it would affect human society. Hear some true and wise reflections on the reality of the situation.

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buckfast abbey, devon, uk 50.492967, -3.775534 Buckfast Abbey, Dartmoor National Park, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EE, UK (Directions)


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