Perhaps one of the oldest methods of keeping bees is top bar Long Hive Beekeeping. Popular in Africa, largely due to the low cost of hive manufacture, it is now becoming popular in Europe as a bee and environmentally friendly method of beekeeping.
A few weeks ago Mrs Bee found some online plans and so I set to work. A trip to B&Q later and I had a sheet of plywood ready to make into a hive. Leaping forward, this is how it finished up.
And this is how I got there:
This shows the inside of the hive.
The frames are very different to those in a conventional hive, in that they are simple top bars.
A small piece of wax sheet is added to give the bees a subtle hint as to where we would like them to build comb.
And that’s about it. All I need now are some bees, oh and some warm weather..