2016 Beginners Beekeeping Course Introduction

Hello, good evening and welcome!  The next eight weeks of presentations are designed to equip you with the knowledge you will need to successfully tend your bees through the summer months and just as importantly to provide them with all they need to survive the following winter. Each week covers an area of beekeeping in a sequential process that will […]

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Checking stores in your colonies

Happy New Year. As the winter has been very mild, thus far at least, please check the stores left in your hives as the bees have been active, and active bees use up their stores far more quickly than a clustered colony. A slab of fondant will provide for the colony’s needs, please see the winter edition of “Combings” for […]

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Oxalic Acid Demonstration – Report

Murton. Sunday 18th January 2015 Host: Alan Johnston, assisted by Kate Wallace and John Fuller There was a good turnout on a cold morning with a covering of snow on the ground – ideal conditions for treating bees with oxalic acid for the reduction of varroa mites. Alan started off by explaining why it is necessary to treat bees at […]

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Some Helpful thoughts for busy urban beekeepers

Kindly shared by Michael Badger MBE 1. Your bee colonies will only swarm if they have a Queen present? They will not swarm without one … 2. Bee colonies must have their own.Drones present in the hive before they will swarm 3. Your Drones must be “marriage intent” … check by a simple test…The Drones must be seen to be […]

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Honey Show 2014 results

Annual Honey Show – 12th November 2014 Those who attended last year’s show will remember that our judge made some quite pointed comments about our standards! This year’s competitors left that last-minute jar at the back of the cupboard and submitted some serious entries.Our judge, Ivor Flatman, thought the level and number of entries was very good. Amongst his comments […]

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Honey Show 2014

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