The Queen of Queens of Blairgowrie

It is always a incredible satisfaction meeting people who paintings with honey bees. Everybody that I actually have talked to on my travels to this point definitely loves their paintings, and they are usually inclined to share their know-how and revel in with me. Bee people ought to possess enormous endurance because they tolerate my bumbling strains of questioning as I grapple with my voice recorder and notes, seeking to sound vaguely knowledgeable. When I get back home and pay attention to the interviews, I am generally able to make some experience of it and turn it into pages that readers will someday locate enlightening, fascinating, funny and lifestyles-maintaining… I hope. I cause that if I like analyzing it, there must be any individual else obtainable who enjoys it too, and any beekeeper hoping to research will absolutely want to pay attention from the experts on my hit listing.

I these days visited Murray McGregor, owner of Denrosa apiaries, at his tough-to-find-but-very-lovely cottage close to Blairgowrie in Perthshire, Scotland. It sits beside a small loch which had mostly frozen over. The massive location of surrounding land is populated with nucleus hives, infinite mating hive stands, a queen rearing shed, some artificial birds of prey to scare off woodpeckers, Unimog vans and diverse different paraphernalia. After a tour of some 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 turned into slicing and packing heather comb honey, which is a extraordinary element to be doing on a Saturday afternoon, however orders need to be fulfilled, and there is plenty of call for for this pinnacle nice product. There have been a terrific many pictures of sloths on the wall. Who doesn’t love sloths? However, her actual domain is the queen rearing operation, so we drove her lower back to the bee shed wherein I stuck a recorder below her nose and did my bumbling query ordinary.

Jolanta has been operating for Murray for 12 years. For the primary few years she turned into supporting out running bees in the area, but she stood out from the crowd in phrases of both flair and passion for the bees and jumped at the hazard to establish Denrosa’s queen rearing operation. She become flown out to Cyprus to educate with Roger White where she quickly picked up capabilities which include grafting, setting up cellular builder and finisher colonies, the use of the incubator, reaching a hit matings, catching and staining the mated queens and all things related to retaining her majesty healthy and properly.

In her first year at the new Blairgowrie mating station Jolanta began off with 150 mating packing containers, and the effects were very encouraging. Since then it has gradually grown to 900 mating containers cut up between two locations, and word is spreading across the beekeeping community about the satisfactory of the queens produced. Murray proudly informed me that best remaining week the Scottish bee inspector and someone at the science institute had both been very complimentary approximately the challenge. Although most people of the queens raised are for use in manufacturing colonies to make that scrumptious heather honey, an growing wide variety are being bought to different beekeepers. Murray has plenty of capacity to enlarge that facet of the commercial enterprise and will absolutely achieve this. I’m going to be placing an order myself subsequent season due to the fact they may be notable bees and now I even have visible how they’re made, and by means of whom.