A Peep into the world of Bee boles
These Bee-boles are part of a large wall with 15 vaulted chambers to house bees – the forerunner of modern beehives – bees were very important to gardens as they pollinated the plants and supplied honey and wax.
For centuries, beekeepers have used “skeps,” carefully designed domed baskets, to house their hives. Bees need a clean, dry place to make a home
Skeps, which are baskets placed open-end-down, have been used for about 2000 years. Initially they were made from wicker plastered with mud and dung but from the Middle Ages they were made of straw. In northern and western Europe, skeps were made of coils of grass or straw. In its simplest form, there is a single entrance at the bottom of the skep. Again, there is no internal structure provided for the bees and the colony must produce its own honeycomb, which is attached to the inside of the skep.
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How to make a Bee skep
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