African apiarists know all about wholesome bees | Letters

Tim Evans says that UK beekeepers ought to swap their body hives for top-bar hives in the event that they wish to keep away from chemical interventions and sugar feeding

The accompanying your piece (How Liberia’s killer bees are serving to to rebuild livelihoods, four December) reveals a Liberian beekeeper holding curved comb from a top-bar hive, not the rectangular combs of the body hives usually used within the UK. Prime-bar hives, conventional in Africa, enable bees to construct comb within the form they need, and to construction their nest in accordance with their pure instincts. These hives are often managed with out fixed intrusive inspections, chemical interventions and sugar feeding.

A big minority of UK beekeepers have adopted these strategies. We discover that they hold bees more healthy than standard techniques, and our expertise is borne out by the work of Cornell College’s eminent Professor Thomas Seeley, amongst different scientists.

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