FrenchEntrée Contributor | Bee Keeping

Amanda and Kevin Baughen

http://www.13bees.co.uk

About the author:

After working in the UK charity sector for many years, Amanda and Kevin moved to Confolens (16) in 2015, opening a chambre d’hôte and launching their beekeeping experience holiday business. They live with five cats, two tortoises and several thousand bees, and enjoy sharing their adventures in the apiary with others.

Contact details:
Tel: +33(0)545 71 22 90
Email: [email protected]


Articles by Amanda and Kevin Baughen


Beekeeping in the Charente – Winter Preparations

  Even though it’s difficult to get our heads around the idea of winter, it will be here before we know it and, as responsible beekeepers, we need to ensure that our bees are healthy enough to make it through

Beekeeping in the Charente – September

Time to Take Stock September can be a busy month for beekeepers, even though the main work of honey harvesting is normally over by this time. In 2017 the weather has been unusually volatile, with hot sunny days interspersed with

Beekeeping in the Charente – August

  August is usually a quieter month for beekeepers; the main honey flow is over, the bees are settled and no longer thinking about swarming, and the drones are dwindling in number. Having said that, the weather has been so

Beekeeping in the Charente – July

  July is a busy month for bees and beekeepers alike; the nectar is flowing and honey supers are filling up faster than you can put a warm wheatie bag on your aching back. Beekeeping at this time of year

Honeycomb with bees in it

Beekeeping in the Charente – June

More than ever I find myself obsessed with the weather since I moved to France; every day I check the forecast to see what we are likely to be getting. In May it seemed that it was a month of

Beekeeping in the Charente – Walking Bees

Last month I wrote about inspecting hives and swarm management techniques, so hopefully, a few weeks later, you know how your colonies are doing, and that you still have them living in your hives! April was an interesting month for

Beekeeping in the Charente – April Abeilles

Amanda and Kevin moved to Confolens in the Charente in 2015, opening a chambre d’hôte and launching their beekeeping experience holiday business. They live with five cats, two tortoises and several thousand bees, and enjoy sharing their adventures in the

Beekeeping in the Charente – Get Ready For Spring!

It’s been a bitterly cold couple of weeks in the Charente, but the returning cranes reassure me that we’re now heading towards Spring and better weather. Given the amount of icing sugar our bees have been consuming this winter, I

Beekeeping in the Charente – Treats and Treatments

Not many people think of South West France as being anything other than swathed in sunshine, with maybe a warm breeze making the heat bearable, but the truth is that January in the Charente can be bitterly cold. It’s still