The Queen of Queens of Blairgowrie

It is constantly a super satisfaction meeting those who paintings with honey bees. Everybody that I actually have talked to on my travels to date truely loves their work, and they’re always inclined to share their information and enjoy with me. Bee employees should possess massive staying power due to the fact they tolerate my bumbling traces of questioning as I grapple with my voice recorder and notes, trying to sound vaguely knowledgeable. When I get again home and concentrate to the interviews, I am commonly able to make a few sense of it and turn it into pages that readers will in the future discover enlightening, captivating, funny and lifestyles-maintaining… I desire. I reason that if I like studying it, there have to be someone else available who enjoys it too, and any beekeeper hoping to examine will surely desire to listen from the specialists on my hit listing.

I lately visited Murray McGregor, proprietor of Denrosa apiaries, at his difficult-to-locate-but-very-lovely cottage close to Blairgowrie in Perthshire, Scotland. It sits beside a small loch which had mostly frozen over. The large area of surrounding land is populated with nucleus hives, countless mating hive stands, a queen rearing shed, some artificial birds of prey to scare off woodpeckers, Unimog vans and diverse other paraphernalia. After a excursion of a number of his apiaries alongside the perimeters of the valleys of rivers Earn and Tay, we met up with Jolanta Modliszewska at Denrosa’s headquarters in Coupar Angus. Jolanta changed into cutting and packing heather comb honey, that’s a bizarre thing to be doing on a Saturday afternoon, but orders need to be fulfilled, and there is plenty of call for for this top quality product. There have been a high-quality many snap shots of sloths at the wall. Who does not love sloths? However, her actual domain is the queen rearing operation, so we drove her back to the bee shed in which I stuck a recorder under her nose and did my bumbling query recurring.

Jolanta has been running for Murray for 12 years. For the first few years she turned into helping out working bees within the area, however she stood out from the group in terms of each aptitude and passion for the bees and jumped at the hazard to establish Denrosa’s queen rearing operation. She changed into flown out to Cyprus to educate with Roger White where she quick picked up abilties including grafting, setting up mobile builder and finisher colonies, the use of the incubator, attaining a success matings, catching and marking the mated queens and all things related to preserving her majesty healthful and nicely.

In her first 12 months at the brand new Blairgowrie mating station Jolanta commenced off with a hundred and fifty mating containers, and the outcomes were very encouraging. Since then it has regularly grown to 900 mating containers break up between locations, and phrase is spreading across the beekeeping network approximately the exceptional of the queens produced. Murray proudly knowledgeable me that best final week the Scottish bee inspector and any individual at the technology institute had both been very complimentary about the project. Although most people of the queens raised are to be used in production colonies to make that scrumptious heather honey, an growing wide variety are being bought to other beekeepers. Murray has plenty of potential to make bigger that side of the enterprise and could actually achieve this. I’m going to be setting an order myself subsequent season due to the fact they may be excellent bees and now I have seen how they’re made, and by way of whom.