We had an amazing Honey Show this year, participation was up from last year and the quality of the entries was praised by the judge. Thanks to everyone that entered and congratulations to the winners!
A few snaps from our apiary visit on the 8th July 2017. We hold regular practical activities for members, they are a great opportunity to learn and share information about bees, beekeeping and good practices.
Our publicity officer Bruno Hannemann was invited for a quick chat about bees and beekeeping at Vale Radio, here is his interview in full:
If you are an experienced beekeeper, you might be interested in this course. This year it will be held for the first time in York, at Askham Bryan College. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seasonal-management-york-tickets-30126791043
Many thanks to David Bough for hosting the apiary visit and for a very informative talk about swarm control. We also had the chance to see some of David’s set up and his process to melt wax from old comb. Very useful demonstration on how to clean old frames and use the blow torch to sterilise brood boxes and supers.
During the first spring inspection, the queen was spotted looking for a place to lay eggs. Unfortunately, that part of the honeycomb already had eggs in it, so we couldn’t get footage of her actually laying. Nevertheless, an interesting video to see the queen bee in action.
Thank you very much to John Fuller for hosting our apiary visit on the 2nd April 2016. The weather was a bit wet at the start, but luckily it improved and everyone had the opportunity to learn about a Bailey comb change and a shook swarm. The bees were very well behaved, and looked for warmth in the shoulders of […]
By V A Cook. INTRODUCTION When nucleus colonies are formed in an apiary the bees have been prevented from returning to the hives from which they have been taken. For this reason, it is often recommended either that newly formed nucleus should be moved to another apiary, or that the hive entrances should be temporarily plugged with grass. Moving colonies […]
Hive tools are one of the most essential items for a beekeeper. Many different designs, styles, materials and finishing. You use the tool to open the hive, lift the frames, scrape odd bits of wax and many other tasks when inspecting you bee hives. Check the video below for an overview of what they are and and how they are […]
Bee Anatomy, Plants, Pollination and Products The anatomy of the bee is totally unlike our own. The external limbs and feelers and their brood structure resemble something from Star Wars and indeed was an inspiration for some of the costume design! The body comprises 3 segments; the head, the thorax and the abdomen. The head contains the compound eyes on […]