Circular Placement of Nucleus Colonies Formed from One Parent Colony

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 […]

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Hive tools

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 […]

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Beginners course notes – Week 7

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 […]

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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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