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  • A no competition, competition
    by David on April 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Unless you’re in an unseasonably warm part of the country, mid-April is usually early enough to put out your bait hives. This year, because of the unusually cold snap in the last week or so, it might still be a bit early. However, colonies are developing well and as soon as the weather properly warms The post A no competition, competition appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • First impressions
    by David on April 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    There’s always a slight feeling of trepidation when I lift a roof for the first hive inspection of the season. What’s in the box? Is the colony going to be thriving or just hanging on? I know they’ve got sufficient stores and that the bees have been flying on good days, but that’s not the The post First impressions appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Lost and found
    by David on April 2, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    It was the Welsh Beekeepers’ Convention last weekend . This is a convention I’ve previously enjoyed attending. I remember strolling through the daffodil-filled Builth Wells Showground in lovely spring sunshine to visit the trade show. And I remember staggering back to the car, laden with items that were: too inexpensive (not cheap … there’s a difference 😉 The post Lost and found appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Quick thinking & second thoughts
    by David on March 26, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I gave my last talk of the winter season on Tuesday to a lovely group at Chalfont Beekeepers Society. The talk was all about nest site selection and how we can exploit it when setting out bait hives to capture swarms. It’s an enjoyable talk as it includes a mix of science, DIY and practical The post Quick thinking & second thoughts appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Swarm control and elusive queens
    by David on March 19, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Many beekeepers struggle to routinely find the queen, particularly in a very busy colony. For 90% of the beekeeping season whether you find the queen or not is irrelevant … you can tell if she’s present because there are eggs in the colony (so she must have laid them in the last 3 days) and, The post Swarm control and elusive queens appeared first on The Apiarist.

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  • The perils of sugar syrup: it’s not that complicated
    by Rusty on April 15, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    After fielding beekeeper questions for eleven years, I have a decent idea of what confuses beginners. When it comes to puzzlement, nothing beats the perils of sugar syrup. Questions such as “How do I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Swarm traps won’t cause your bees to swarm
    by Rusty on April 3, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    New beekeepers often wonder if swarm traps or swarm lures installed near their apiary will cause their bees to swarm. The answer is an unequivocal “No.” This is not something you should worry about…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Book review | A Beekeeper’s Diary
    by Rusty on April 3, 2021 at 12:47 am

    A Beekeeper’s Diary: Self Guide to Keeping Bees by Charlotte Ekker Wiggins. Published by Charlotte Ekker Wiggins, LLC. Rolla, MO. Copyright © 2021. This review refers to the softcover edition…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Insects that feed us: more than honey bees
    by Rusty on March 16, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Countless bee organizations have lists of “honey bee facts” that are entertaining, if not exactly factual. Many such lists claim that honey bees are the only insects that produce food that’s eaten by… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Is honey made from bee vomit? Sure, why not?
    by Rusty on March 2, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve spent decades trying to convince people that honey is not bee vomit. It perplexes me no end that so many folks can’t distinguish vomit from other substances. But for many, honey and vomit remain… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • PhD position in honeybee breeding
    on April 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Gregor Gorjanc, PhD  Chancellor’s fellow in Data Driven Innovation for AgriTech We have placement for a fully-funded PhD position in the EASTBio Doctoral Training Programme competition – UK and European students are eligible for this programme. The aim of the PhD is to work on the “Design of breeding programs to improve honeybee health and production” Detailed description: Supervisors: Tom Freeman and Gregor Gorjanc Industry partner: AbacusBio This is a 4-year studentships to start in October 2020. The studentship covers fees, stipend, research training, limited research costs and a small travel/conference allowance. Successful student will join the EASTBIO training programme and undertake enhanced subject-specific, core bioscience and generic skills training and placement (3 to 18-months) with their industrial…

  • Guidance for Schools Membership
    on April 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Current advice for branches and associations on Schools Members (BBKA News Magazine / FREE entry to Junior Certificates) Bees in the Curriculum is free for everyone For schools wanting to become a member (non-beekeeping school) One school contact to be named under ‘Schools’ membership (same cost as a BBKA Registered member) – using school address and email address. If possible a second contact to be added as a Partner member – using school address and email. For schools wanting to become a ‘beekeeping school’ (ie keep bees onsite) We strongly recommend that there are at least two  additional  beekeepers in case of sickness or absence (but can be more) but only one can be registered as a partner member with BBKA  All of the above should have ideally completed introduction courses before keeping bees onsite Strongly recommend that they have initial support of an association/branch mentor To record this in eR2, the BBKA …

  • Spring Convention 2021
    on April 16, 2021 at 10:18 am

    The BBKA Spring Convention – An Armchair Event Thursday Evening 15th April to Sunday 18th April UPDATED: 31th March 2021- Registration now open An event for all levels of experience, with a mix of over twenty practical and scientific presentations, plus more social events. You need to register to take part, but free-to-view content includes Dr David Aston’s Keynote Address, 7.30pm, Thursday 15th April; the Market Place, for your favourite beekeeping equipment suppliers plus other exhibitors; and the Beacon Schools Presentation, 3.30pm Sunday 18th April. Best viewed on a full-sized screen, but available on phones and tablets too. Those wishing to attend the full event need to pay for entry: The fee is £10 for all three days, if registered in advance, (by Thursday 15th April) or £12 during the event. Registration will open this week and will allow you to watch all live content (presentations, Q&A etc) and to view content later, on demand. Complimentary registra…

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  • Reporting Varroa
    on April 12, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On 21st April, 2021 an amendment to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2021 comes into force requiring beekeepers and/or officials to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. Reporting will be for each apiary site. This amendment will allow England and Wales to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union. Similar arrangements are being made in Scotland.To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will allow beekeepers and inspectors to report the presence or absence of Varroa. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa. We are currently working on an alternative mechanism for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system and aim to share this before 21st April.No action will be required until after 21st April.

  • 2020 Hive Count
    on March 29, 2021 at 12:00 am

    More than 10,000 beekeepers, a record number, updated their details on BeeBase during this year’s hive count. There are currently more than 44,000 beekeepers registered on BeeBase, meaning that around 23% participated.This year’s hive count produced a figure of 260,268 colonies in the UK. This is slightly lower than the 2019 figure of 263,896. It is necessary to make a number of assumptions in the calculation, and so the figure is classed as an experimental statistic.The Hive Count provides a very useful indication of the number of managed colonies in the UK, and helps to ensure that BeeBase records are kept up to date. Information about numbers and location of hives is very important for National Bee Unit inspectors in terms of preparing and planning for outbreaks of disease and exotic pests.Thank you very much to everyone who has taken time to ensure that their BeeBase information is up to date.

  • How can training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers be improved? Have your say by taking our survey.
    on March 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved.   It should take no more than 15 minutes.Please go to to complete the survey by 21 April.Defnyddiwch y ddolen hon i gwblhau’r arolwg erbyn 21/04/2021.Please encourage beekeepers and bee farmers to complete the survey.

  • Bee Base Issues – eLearning & personal beekeeping records (resolved)
    on March 9, 2021 at 12:00 am

    We are aware of some issues in the following areas of BeeBase.eLearning (Fixed on 15th March 2021) Entering of personal beekeeping records  – (Update 25th March – We are sorry but BeeBase no longer supports this functionality)

  • BeeBase Downtime
    on February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Due to planned maintenance of our servers, BeeBase will be unavailable between 09:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday 16th February 2021.Normal service will be resumed after this time.

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  • Section 6.1 – Working in Groups
    by Richard Senior on April 15, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    The ‘Bee Improvement Group’ Handbook The post Section 6.1 – Working in Groups appeared first on BIBBA.

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  • East Midlands 1998
    by WebAdmin on April 12, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Use of plastic foundation in the Apidea mini-nucs Use of Syrup instead of candy in Mini-nucs Use of cut comb containers for candy Grafting using a magnifier and torch Preparation of cell raising colonies Use of a cell transporter Use of an incubator for hatching queen cells The post East Midlands 1998 appeared first on BIBBA.

  • Hampshire Beekeepers Association-SO21
    by BHoldcroft2961 on April 11, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    This is a new group in its infancy, to safeguard our local honeybees. For locally reared strong healthy honey bees in the Test Valley and the County of Hampshire suited to our environmental conditions. The post Hampshire Beekeepers Association-SO21 appeared first on BIBBA.

  • BIBBA Monthly – April 2021
    by Robert Silver on April 11, 2021 at 10:39 am

    At the recent BIBBA AGM BIBBA gets a makeover How training and information sources for beekeepers and beefarmers can be improved From the President East Midlands 1998 Extra webinars for Season Four – Spring 2021 Will you have Queens or Nucs for Sale? The post BIBBA Monthly – April 2021 appeared first on BIBBA.

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