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Standard Delivery is 3-5 days.

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Straw Bee Skep
Straw Bee Skep - Traditional bee skep basket Straw Bee Skep - Traditional bee skep basket Straw Bee Skep - Traditional bee skep basket

Straw Bee Skep

Traditional bee skep basket

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Straw Bee Skep
Straw Bee Skep - Traditional bee skep basket Straw Bee Skep - Traditional bee skep basket Straw Bee Skep - Traditional bee skep basket
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  • Made in the UK

    Made in the UK

  • Description

    Straw bee skeps have long been a recognisable symbol of beekeeping the world over. Since the Midddle Ages when they were used as rudimentary hives, the bee skep has endured as the beekeepers unofficial logo. Their wonderful domed profile and the considerable craft skill used to make them from coiled wheat straw has made them a cherished part of our rural heritage.

    Bee skeps are seldom used as beehives these days as the need to inspect colonies for disease has made them impractical, but they are still popular baskets for collecting swarms. The straw provides a good surface onto which bees can quickly cluster, making it easy for them to surround their queen and for the beekeeper to relocate the swarm.

    The wonderful domed shape has also made bee skeps popular today to decorate interiors and cottage gardens. If left outside, however, they need to be covered or positioned in a bee bole in a wall as these skeps are made entirely of wheat straw.

    Approximate height 30cm, diameter 37cm. Handmade in England.

    Beekeepers who hive their bees in skeps have the wonderful title of skepists. Sadly skepists are a rare breed today, as skeps make it very difficult to harvest honey and more importantly to inspect bees for disease. Skepists do appear to be making a bit of a comeback though, particularly in Germany, and there are skep making courses in several places in the UK, for example at the Natural Beekeeping Trustin Sussex andWest Moss-Sidenear Glasgow.

  • Delivery

    We offer two types of delivery:

    • Standard Delivery via post is £5.95. For orders over £100 standard delivery is free of charge.
    • Next Working Day For an additional £4.00, your order will be delivered the next working day.

    For Delivery to the Scottish Highlands, UK islands or international addresses, please see our full delivery details.

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Description

Straw bee skeps have long been a recognisable symbol of beekeeping the world over. Since the Midddle Ages when they were used as rudimentary hives, the bee skep has endured as the beekeepers unofficial logo. Their wonderful domed profile and the considerable craft skill used to make them from coiled wheat straw has made them a cherished part of our rural heritage.

Bee skeps are seldom used as beehives these days as the need to inspect colonies for disease has made them impractical, but they are still popular baskets for collecting swarms. The straw provides a good surface onto which bees can quickly cluster, making it easy for them to surround their queen and for the beekeeper to relocate the swarm.

The wonderful domed shape has also made bee skeps popular today to decorate interiors and cottage gardens. If left outside, however, they need to be covered or positioned in a bee bole in a wall as these skeps are made entirely of wheat straw.

Approximate height 30cm, diameter 37cm. Handmade in England.

Beekeepers who hive their bees in skeps have the wonderful title of skepists. Sadly skepists are a rare breed today, as skeps make it very difficult to harvest honey and more importantly to inspect bees for disease. Skepists do appear to be making a bit of a comeback though, particularly in Germany, and there are skep making courses in several places in the UK, for example at the Natural Beekeeping Trustin Sussex andWest Moss-Sidenear Glasgow.

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Delivery

We offer two types of delivery:

  • Standard Delivery via post is £5.95. For orders over £100 standard delivery is free of charge.
  • Next Working Day For an additional £4.00, your order will be delivered the next working day.

For Delivery to the Scottish Highlands, UK islands or international addresses, please see our full delivery details.

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