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  • Preparing honey
    by David on November 27, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Whisper it … Christmas is fast approaching. It may seem premature to be discussing this at the end of November, but there are some things that require a bit of preparation. I presume you’ve already made the Christmas cake? I sell more honey in the few weeks before Christmas than almost any other time of The post Preparing honey appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • OA Q&A
    by David on November 20, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    The post last week on the preparation of oxalic acid (OA; the active ingredient in the commercially available and VMD approved product Api-Bioxal) generated a slew questions. Inevitably, some of these drifted off topic … at least as far as the specific content of the post was concerned. This partly reflects the deficiency of a The post OA Q&A appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Oxalic acid (Api Bioxal) preparation
    by David on November 13, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    This post updates and replaces one published three years ago (which has now been archived). The registered readership of this site has increased >200% since then and so it will be new to the majority of visitors. It’s also particularly timely. I will be treating my own colonies with oxalic acid in the next week The post Oxalic acid (Api Bioxal) preparation appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Eating my words
    by David on November 6, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I periodically look at the access statistics of this site. It gives me an idea of what’s popular, which subjects might be worth revisiting and which posts have sunk without trace into bottomless void of the internet. Daily page views are only 50% what they were in June. Maybe it’s the chaos/excitement/disappointment (delete as appropriate) The post Eating my words appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Smell the fear
    by David on October 30, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    With Halloween just around the corner it seemed appropriate to have a fear-themed post. How do frightened – or even apprehensive – people respond to bees? And how do bees respond to them? Melissophobia is the fear of bees. Like the synonym apiphobia, the word is not in the dictionary but is a straightforward compounding The post Smell the fear appeared first on The Apiarist.

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  • Sunday task
    by invalid@example.com (Heather) on November 30, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    These were seen 15′ up, Seems a colony worth rescuing. have made a double pillow case bag to encapsulate them (hopefully) before I start to extricate from the tree. Hope pic shows them- as bit better in hive than on a computer!

  • Another question on feeding
    by invalid@example.com (DorsetNewBee) on November 30, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Hello I have been reading and learning from this site for a while now but have never posted a question before. So forgive me if it is a stupid one; I am new to beekeeping and had to learn in a rush because I was given a hive last Christmas and was waiting to do a beekeeping course before taking advice from locals and acquiring my own bees. Lockdown got in the way and then before I was able to do any kind of course a swarm of bees just arrived in my hive which I had placed empty in what I…Another question on feeding

  • Abelo. Another version
    by invalid@example.com (Erichalfbee) on November 30, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    This deserves a thread of it’s own. Top Bee Space

  • Your thoughts on this breeder.
    by invalid@example.com (Curly green finger’s) on November 30, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Video here

  • NBU warning doesn’t this happen every year.
    by invalid@example.com (Curly green finger’s) on November 30, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve just noticed that the NBU have put out that colonys are using stores up and to make sure we are hefting, weighing hives etc. The post also says to access for varroa as mite levels are rising due to queen’s still laying. Im wondering as I’ve had more queen’s having brood breaks are they making up for it now? Isn’t this just a matter of cause and we do this anyway? Im noticing that colonys are getting through stores.

  • 6 frame nuc which can be divided into two
    by invalid@example.com (Levitt53) on November 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    So my long winded titles shows that I’m not sure what these are called but I want to buy a 6 frame nuc with two entrances that can be divided into two 3 frames nucs. You’ll know what I mean. Do you know who makes these?

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  • Lovage: an all-purpose pollinator plant
    by Rusty on November 28, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Speaking of slaughtered pigs, my Appalachian grandfather used to say you can harvest everything but the squeak — a culinary tidbit that was unsettling to my preschool self. It turns out that the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • A Thanksgiving thought: share what you know online
    by Rusty on November 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I’m an anxious person. I stress over everything, especially this website. So when Rich came home with yesterday’s mail, I imagined bills, registration notices, reminders, and special offers for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • The best beekeeping advice I ever shared
    by Rusty on November 11, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Recently, I’ve been told that the answer to any beekeeping question should begin with, “It depends.” This always makes me grin because the very first blog post I ever wrote—nearly eleven years ago—is… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • CRISPR: the basics you need to know
    by Rusty on November 5, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    CRISPR headlines make the news every day, served with a side order of alphabet soup that can make your head spin. To say the acronyms and initialisms are off-putting is an understatement. However,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • What I don’t know about bees would fill volumes
    by Rusty on October 13, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Running a website makes you a target for verbal abuse. Many people cannot—are actually incapable of—leaving a comment or question that isn’t couched in expletives, four-letter words, and insinuations… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • BBKA Leaflets 2020
    on November 30, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Order Form for leaflets Allotment Beekeeping (L015) Cost: £0.07 each    Size: A4 3 Fold    Edition: February 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Bees, Neighbours & Siting an Apiary (L011) Cost: £0.12 each    Size: DL 4 Fold    Edition: June 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ BFTB Arable Beginners Bugology / Friends in the Fields / Mosey in the Margins Leaflets       Cost: Please download for free from the Back from the Brink website: https://naturebftb.co.uk/the-projects/colour-in-the-margins/  Size: A4    Edition: November 2020  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Collecting a Swarm (L004) Cost: Please download for free    Size: A4 3 Fold  …

  • Past Presidents of the BBKA
    on November 30, 2020 at 11:39 am

    List of BBKA Presidents and Secretaries The names are recorded on this framed list at the BBKA Headquarters. Presidents 1874 Sir John Lubbock 1878 Baroness Burdett-Coutts 1907 H.C. Todd 1908 M. Rose 1910 J.R. Dummelow 1912 A. Todd 1914 C.S. Routh 1916 C.J. Todd 1918 E.H. Gregory 1920 C.W. Burdon 1922 H.M. Gregory 1922 T.W. Cowan 1927 W.F. Reid 1932 Sir Ernest Spencer 1939-43 D. Lloyd-George 1946 E.B. Wedmore 1947 A.L. Gregg 1948 A.R. Cormack 1949 A.J.V. Blackman 1950 P.C. Thornton 1951 L. Illingworth 1952 W.B. Williams 1953 D.S. Hudson 1954 R.H Barnes 1955 J.F. Stanley 1956 L.E. Snelgrove 1957 S.E. Gooding 1958 R.H. Barnes 1959 W.F. Smith 1960 A.M. Dines 1961 R.H Barnes 1962 H.T. Bell 1964 T. Bradford 1966 F.W. Drake 1968 E. Humphreys 1970 R. Creighton 1972 A.N. Stratton 1974 Mrs R.E. Clark 1976 A.M. Dines 1977 H. Ashforth 1979 F.J. Crow 1981 G.W. Knights 1983 C.C. Tonsley 1985 H. Grainger 1987 H.R.C. Riches 1989 K. Showler 1991 W.E.J….

  • Spring Convention Survey
    on November 28, 2020 at 10:26 am

    The BBKA Spring Convention Committee would like to find out opinions about the 2021 Spring Convention. Please help us plan a great event by taking part in this short anonymous questionnaire. BBKA Spring Convention Survey

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  • Julian Parker – Head of APHA’s National Bee Unit.
    on November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Following a recent recruitment process Julian Parker has been appointed as Head of the National Bee Unit (NBU) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency. Within the NBU Julian has previously been Acting Head as well as National Bee Inspector and before that Regional Bee Inspector for Southern and South East Regions. Julian has over 12 years operational experience with the NBU including leading outbreak situations. Julian is also well known in the wider beekeeping community and his expertise is highly respected across Defra and Welsh Government as well as with Bee Health stakeholders. He has also played a key role in the review of the 2020 Healthy Bees Plan and will now play a significant role in delivering the Healthy Bee Plan 2030. Many congratulations Julian.

  • Email issues
    on November 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

    If you have sent an email to nbu@apha.gov.uk between the 10th November and the 16th November, due to a system failure your message has not been received. Please resend your messages, we apologise for the inconvenience.

  • Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Published
    on November 3, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Defra, Welsh Government and the National Bee Unit have worked with stakeholders to produce a review of progress made under the Healthy Bees Plan, a ten-year plan introduced in 2009 to improve honey bee health across England and Wales. Following this review, a new plan entitled the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 has been published today to carry on this important work.Welcoming the new plan, Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said:I am delighted that today we are publishing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which is Defra’s and Welsh Government’s joint framework for continued action to improve honey bee health in England and Wales over the next ten years. Protecting our honey bees is vital because of the benefits they bring through pollination of flowers and crops, honey production and our well-being. Bee health stakeholders have had a key role in developing this new Healthy Bees Plan and we look forward to continuing to work together as we implement the plan.Ceri Witchard, Deputy Director for Land, Nature and Forestry at Welsh Government, said:The Healthy Bees Plan 2009 was published with the aim of achieving a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Wales and England. Our overall aim has not changed. However, the experiences we have gained and the relationships we have built within the Bee Health Advisory Forum now put us in a firmer position to face new risks and challenges to honey bees. I am grateful to the Forum and other stakeholders for their commitment and contributions in developing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030.

  • Healthy Bees Plan Review Published
    on November 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Defra, Welsh Government and the National Bee Unit have worked with stakeholders to produce a review of progress made under the Healthy Bees Plan, a ten-year plan introduced in 2009 to improve honey bee health across England and Wales. Healthy Bees Plan ReviewHealthy Bees Plan Review – Welsh Version

  • The National Hive Count 2020
    on November 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The 2020 Hive Count launches today (2nd November)It is time to update your BeeBase records with the total number of overwintering hives as of 1st November 2020. You can do this by clicking this link to update your Hive Count: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/secure/beekeeper/hiveCensus.cfmMore details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found at:http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=362

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  • Adam Tofilski Webinars
    by WebAdmin on November 28, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Adam Tofilski is Professor at the University of Agriculture in Krakowview webinar details: How to protect native honey bees Morphometric identification of honey bee subspecies

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    by WebAdmin on November 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm
  • Wharfdale Valley Bee Improvement Group-3LQ
    by BHoldcroft2961 on November 16, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Operating in the Wharfedale valley we aim to breed a locally adapted bee for the unique weather we have within the area.

  • BIBBA Monthly – November 2020
    by Robert Silver on November 8, 2020 at 4:36 pm

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  • Alla Neal
    by WebAdmin on November 4, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Treasurer Elect Alla started beekeeping in 2014 and together with her husband manages 12-15 colonies on multiple sites. She does not import bees and has been a BIBBA member since 2015. She has passed BBKA General Husbandry assessment in 2019 and hopes to become a Master Beekeeper and a Honey…

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