Beginners 2018 honey extraction demonstration

We had a practical demonstration for this year’s beginners that had some honey to extract. The amount of honey varied from a few frames to two full supers, which is amazing when you think they only got their bees at the end of May! The end result:

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Apiary visit August 2018

Our most recent apiary visit was well attended with 19 members present with a high number of beginners. Nigel started with removing surplus honey and included a demonstration of the Sublimox vaporizer for varroa control as part of the preparation for overwintering bees, discussed feeding both autumn sugar solution and winter fondant.

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Horsley board demo

The demonstration at Murton apiary was very well attended with about twenty members from beginners to very experienced Beekeepers. This despite the Royal wedding was a counter attraction. Martin passed around a couple of Horsley boards before opening up a hive. Neither of the colonies at Murton were in swarm mode with queen cells but we were shown how to […]

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Honey Show 2017

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!

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Apiary visit at Murton – 08 Jul 2017

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.

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Vale Radio interview

Our publicity officer Bruno Hannemann was invited for a quick chat about bees and beekeeping at Vale Radio, here is his interview in full:

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Seasonal Management Course in York

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

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Apiary visit 8th May 2016

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.

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Queen bee looking for an empty cell

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.

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Apiary Visit April 2016

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 […]

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