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As a hobbyist beekeeper Patsy Hollingum has become intrigued with what appeared to be an unusual occurrence: long-established feral colonies of honeybees living in cavities in trees. In fact this is far more common now than was the case at the start of this century.

Patsy is member of a group of Northamptonshire beekeepers who are mapping wild or feral colonies of honeybees across this area of the county.

She would be interested to hear from Village Link readers who know of colonies of honeybees that are living in disused chimneys, old buildings, church towers, trees, and the like. If you are aware of a nest in such an area, please keep an eye open as Spring approaches and, of course, let Patsy know.

Honeybees will venture from their nests on dry days when the temperature is 10o C or above, so they may be out and about much earlier than you think.

Typically, the nest entrance will be around 3 to 4 metres above ground, and the entrance will be small. If the weather is warm enough, and there is forage available, the entrance will be busy.

If you think that you know there are feral honeybees, or are unsure of whether they are honeybees (apis mellifera) or bees of another species, please contact Patsy by email at beesintreesnn@gmail.com.


Please be careful not to trespass on others’ property or disturb nesting insects.




Are there bees in your trees?

Q. Where can I charge an electric car?

The easiest place to charge is at home. If you’ve got a driveway or garage you can easily get a charge point installed. You can use a standard 3-pin plug to charge, but a charge point is much quicker.


Q. What if I want to drive to France?

There are now more than 210,000 charge points across Europe, with 30,000 charge points in over 11,000 locations across the UK. Many of these charge points are simple to use, just tap a contactless card and start charging! I’ve found that a lot of the charge points are close to restaurants or shops, giving you the opportunity to get a coffee or a bite to eat whilst you charge.


Q. What about the range of an electric car?

Currently, the range of an electric car is less than a petrol/diesel car, however technology is advancing quickly, increasing the battery capacity and making the  motors more efficient, thus increasing the range. Research shows that in the UK, the average journey is about 10 miles (or 8.9 miles in the East Midlands). Even the smallest of electric cars (such as the VW e-Up!) have a range of 70-80 miles, making journeys in and out of work, and even into London possible.


Q. What sort of maintenance is there on an electric car?

With so little moving parts, there is much less maintenance required on an electric car. Apart from charging the car, topping up the washer fluid and changing the tyres when necessary, there isn’t much else to do.


What I’ve found with so many electric vehicles is that many manufacturers provide an 8-year warranty on the battery and the motors, with a mileage cap of around 100,000. This certainly gives me plenty of confidence in the cars.


Q. Are they expensive to run?

Whilst they are currently more expensive to buy than a similar petrol/diesel car, they cost much less to run. With £0 road tax, no congestion charge, cheaper ‘fuelling’ and so many other benefits in different counties (such as free parking in Milton Keynes).


Charging an electric car is very cost effective as well. At home, with the average price of electricity at £0.15 per kWh (kilowatt hour), charging a top of the line electric vehicle with a 100kWh battery is no more than £15, for 250-300 mile range. Whilst public chargers are a little more expensive, they are still cheaper to use than filling a car up with petrol/diesel.


Q. The Government aren’t banning new petrol and diesel cars till 2030. Why should I change to electric now?

There really is no time like the present. Whilst the ban doesn’t happen till 2030, climate change is happening now and electric vehicles are currently the best solution to reducing emissions from transportation, as electricity is being produced from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. The people that I know who have gone to electric say they wouldn’t go back, for more than one reason.


If you’ve got questions on electric vehicles then please do reach out to me: magnus@erlsvehicles.co.uk  or 07943 384711


READY, STEADY, CENSUS

The decennial census is almost upon us.

Households across Northamptonshire will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk


Is it a honey bee?

As well as honeybees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK. If you are unsure as to what species it is, visit bbka.org.uk/what-bee-is-this.


Honeybees

There can be variation in the colour of the main body or abdomen of honeybees, from honey coloured Italian bees to very dark native Black honeybees but all will form a distinctive cluster when they have settled as a swarm. Honeybees have large hairy eyes, a furry chest or thorax and distinctive bent antennae.

Clue: one post box per village—answers on the Hollowell and Teeton page.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY LOCAL EV SPECIALIST,                 MAGNUS ERLANDSEN


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Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Sunday, January 31, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 1st March 2021

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