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England: The Bee Hotel Gets A Makeover. New Quarters For The Bees.

Over the past 2 or 3 weeks we have been busy in our spare time making some new bee chamber logs to install into our ‘Bee Hotel’ at Jeslyns Country Park which is run by the Forestry Commission of England.

Above and below  – some wooden bees have been cut,

painted and added to the logs this time.


In the workshop -newly drilled logs ready to go out to the hotel.


You can see a photo when we originally made the hotel about 5 years ago.  

Above – after completion of the first hotel 5 years ago 

Below – Denise after a new roof fitted but waiting for new logs

The log chambers have been in constant use and so it has been decided to replace them and give the bees new facilities in which to lay their eggs.  We did some a few months back and they (the new ones) have proven to be very popular.  The solitary bees which use them are some of the best pollinators of fruit trees.  The bee hotel has been located very near to the Jeskyns orchards where an amazing 756 different varieties of apples are grown.  So we rely on the bees to help pollinate all the fruit trees in the orchards, which they are happy to do

It’s a simple but very important cycle.  We prepare all the logs with their many sized chambers and place them into the hotel.  The bees go into the log chambers and lay an egg.  They also leave a little bit of pollen for the hatchling to feed on when it first emerges within the chamber.  After it has laid the egg; the adult bee seals up the egg chamber with mud to keep the egg safe.  When the hatchling has emerged (hatched) and eaten in the chamber; it breaks through the mud wall and flies off – hopefully in the direction of the orchards

You can look at any of the logs (see photo below) and you can see where many of the chamber holes have been sealed up with mud by the adults.  You can also see the chambers which are still empty and ready for other visiting bees to lay their eggs in.  The aim is really to get as many of the chambers sealed up with mud as possible; as this indicates that we have a good and constant supply of new young bees in the area.

You can see one of the newest logs in use here on the left and many of the chambers which have been sealed with mud.


Above – an new log on the left side and some of

the chambers sealed up with mud.  Older logs now showing their age but still also in use !


When all the different apples have been picked in the orchard they are put into crates and taken to the Jeskys café; where users of the park call in for a cup of tea and a bite to eat after they have taken their dog(s) for a great walk.  There are a lot of apples and so they are provided for folk to try and take away. All that is normally asked is a voluntary donation which is put directly back into park upkeep and wildlife conservation.

So this kind of completes the circle – us and the bees working together for the benefit of each – and loads of beautiful fruit as a result of the work

Here above you can see some of the apples on display for visitors to take home when they visit the park.


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Below – Ah bless – our little Pixie (Denise) takes a toadstall cos she has been working hard !


Below- there are lots of wooden Fairy Houses in the park for youngsters to leave gifts for their fairy friends.

Below – fairy gifts left by the children:


Finally – Many a true word!





England: Can We Tempt You ? – Tasty Vegan Links For You To Try.

Vegan Faces

Vegan food links:




Soup –



Starters and snacks –



Main meals –



Cakes and deserts –




Quick and easy –



Checkout any of the above for other links including baby and toddler, special occasions etc.



BBC Good Food – Vegan –



30+Vegan recipes to impress –




Vegan recipe club UK –



All recipes UK (Vegan) –



Vegan recipes everyone should know –



Healthy Vegan – Waitrose UK – http://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/healthyeating/Healthy-vegan-recipes.html

Mmm – Tasty, – and the food is good too !





Rescued From A Bile Farm – ‘Wolfie’ Is Once Again Starting To Walk.



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When rescued, this emaciated bear could barely walk – look at him now – watch the YouTube video by clicking on the second link (directly) above.


Life on a bear bile farm caused moon bear Wolfie’s muscles to waste away due to lack of use, but loving care is helping him learn how to be a bear again.

Standing upright and swaying his head from side to side in a classic sign of distress, rescuers could clearly see the bones of Wolfie’s massive frame poking through his sagging skin.

Thankfully, Wolfie and eight other bears were rescued in June from a bear bile farm in southern Vietnam and taken to Animals Asia’s sanctuary to begin their recovery from a lifetime of abuse.

Click on the first link above to read the full story.




8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for Good.



8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for Good


You don’t need to be an entrepreneur or billionaire philanthropist to help create a world where animals are no longer slaughtered.

Join the millions of people who have switched to a compassionatesustainable, and healthy vegan diet.

Click here to get started!



Scotland: Parliament Now Formally Moves Forward With Circus Animal Ban. Will This Make The English Parliament Act Now ? – We Hope !

SAV Comment – we are hopeful that this action now in Scotland will see the English government in London make the same move – despite them putting all the campaign work by many animal welfare groups on the back burner for the last 10+ years.

We have faith that Minister Gove will finally take action for the animals.


Dear Mark,

Wild animals should be in the wild, not in cramped, barren trucks and made to perform tricks for entertainment. 

That used to be a controversial statement. Not any more. Yesterday, all Parties in the Scottish Parliament backed the Bill that will ban wild animals in circuses for good.

They were clearly listening to us, as MSP after MSP stood up to say they supported the ban but that the Bill must also be strengthened.

Many MSPs also acknowledged the overwhelming public support for the ban, and we were happy that OneKind and our supporters were mentioned quite a few times too!

So, what happens next?

Yesterday was a vote on the general principles of the Bill. Now this hurdle has been cleared, the Bill will move onto Stage 2 for detailed consideration and amendments in Committee before it returns to the full Parliament for final amendments and approval.

It’s during the next stage that we hope the weaknesses in the Bill will be addressed so we will never have to see lions, tigers and elephants made to perform for entertainment again.

Thanks again for all your support. We will continue to keep you updated on every step of the campaign and, depending on how the debate goes, we might be asking for your help once more before it is passed.


Onekind – https://www.onekind.scot/




Global: Neonicotinoid pesticides found in honey from every continent.



New Scientist article – Neonicotinoid pesticides found in honey from every continent.


The evidence has been mounting for years that the world’s most widely used pesticides, neonicotinoids, harm bees and other pollinating insects.

Now it seems the problem isn’t limited to Europe and North America, where the alarm was first sounded. It’s everywhere.


Read the full article via the above link.