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  • Why keep bees
    by David on January 14, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Synopsis : What makes people want to start beekeeping? Is it to Save the bees, or because they just like honey? Is their persistence and long-term success influenced by their initial motivation to keep bees. Do they keep beekeeping for the same reasons they start beekeeping? Introduction Hundreds of potential new beekeepers, spread across the The post Why keep bees appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Seasonal scheming
    by David on January 7, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Synopsis : Midwinter is the time for planning and preparation for the beekeeping season ahead. In addition to thinking about the normal season’s events – swarming, mite control, honey etc. – now is the time to be more expansive. What arrangements need to be made for the longer term sustainability of your apiary and beekeeping? The post Seasonal scheming appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Scores on the doors
    by David on December 31, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Conveniently, this final post of the year will be published on the final day of the year. This is an appropriate time to look back over the what’s happened here on The Apiarist … a sort of behind the scenes view of the posts that were popular, the posts that were unloved and the creative The post Scores on the doors appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Honeyguides
    by David on December 24, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    That’s not a typo. I didn’t mean Honey Guides … or honey guide. Honeyguides are a group of 17 species of birds, distributed into four genera, belonging to the family Indicatoridae. All of the 8 species that have been well studied are brood parasites, like the cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). They lay their eggs in the The post Honeyguides appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • 2021 in retrospect
    by David on December 17, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Déjà vu? Well … not really. This time last year I wrote my 2020 in retrospect post. Looking back the last few years I’ve always tried to post these retrospective reviews of the season a week or so before Christmas. In December 2020 we had a rapidly rising number of Covid cases being diagnosed, peaking The post 2021 in retrospect appeared first on The Apiarist.

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  • To keep one amused
    by (Karol) on January 21, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Wordle – A daily word game Guess the hidden word in 6 tries. A new puzzle is available each day. If you haven’t already come across this, this is a bit of fun.

  • JZ-BZ Vs Nicot cups
    by (BigAshW) on January 20, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Anyone have experience of both for grafting? What are the pros and cons of each type if any?

  • First time bee keeper from co.Down
    by (Doey) on January 20, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Hi I’m completely new to this, just got a 6 frame nuc last week and noticed what I think looked like a swarm cell(looked like a peanut) on the bottom of one of the frames. (I was only able to glance at it through the opening of hive) Im guessing its far to early for it to be a swarm cell, its also to cold at the minute to open the hive and have a closer look at the minute but any advice would be more than welcome

  • Numbered discs for beehives…..
    by (Beebe) on January 20, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    How many should I buy? The logic part of my brain says 10 for £4.95 but my parsimonious nature tells me I should get fifty for £14.75. …….or should I just be done with it and commit to the full 300 for £88.00? But then wouldn’t it be a shame to waste them? [URL…Numbered discs for beehives…..

  • Question on stings
    by (deemann1) on January 20, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Since I got my ausarmor jacket and gloves I haven’t been stung this season and the second half of last season which is why I bought this Jack in the first place, great product.. But now I’m wondering is this a good or bad thing Should I be allowing myself to get the odd sting ?? Can you become allergic to bee stings if handling bees all the time and not getting stung?

  • What caused my colonies to fail?
    by (Do224) on January 20, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    As mentioned, I’ve lost 3 small colonies in the last few weeks. Here’s some pics. Colonies were on about 5 frames, dummied down in a full size brood box. I can take more pics if necessary…what do you think happened?

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  • Bees and flowers: best friends forever
    by Rusty on January 17, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    It wasn’t long ago that nearly all beekeepers came into the practice from some agrarian pursuit. These people were gardeners, farmers, orchardists, or dairymen who recognized the benefit of keeping… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • How can I find a source of lavender beeswax?
    by Rusty on December 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    A reader asked if I knew a source of lavender beeswax. She wrote: I’m wanting to make homemade beeswax candles and wanted to source the beeswax from bees that have pollinated lavender. I know… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • The winter solstice: day one of bee season
    by Rusty on December 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Here in the northern hemisphere, your calendar may tell you it’s the first day of winter, but from a bee’s perspective, it’s the first day of the new season. Like many plants and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Common and lance-leaved plantain for bees
    by Rusty on December 18, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    My first encounter with plantain occurred when I was a kid in Pennsylvania. I had a brown pet rabbit, remarkably named “Brownie.” My mom explained how rabbits loved plantain leaves. She plucked some… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Is a landing board necessary for your bees?
    by Rusty on December 4, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Landing boards and wee porches are unnecessary for honey bees. Nevertheless, the subject is polarizing. Some beekeepers swear by them, others hate them. So what are the issues? I dislike the argument… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Spring Convention 2022 FAQs
    on January 20, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Frequently Asked Questions Please check these FAQs for answers.  If the information you seek isn’t here, or in the Full Programme, contact details are at the end of the page. Where and when is the Convention? The Convention is held at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB; 8th – 10th April 2022, with a Welcome dinner at 6.30pm on Thursday 7th. What will be the arrangements regarding Covid? The Spring Convention will be conducted in line with any regulations or recommendations at the time. Measures such as social distancing, use of masks and testing may well remain appropriate. Please bear with us if Convention arrangements need to change. Before attending, please check the BBKA Spring Convention Covid Advice for the latest updates. Will the 2022 Convention lectures be available virtually? Although the event will mainly be face-to-face, the intention is to record at least four lectures (on Saturday 9th April in the Weston Lecture Theatre). These w…

  • Spring Convention 2022 Programme and Full Information
    on January 20, 2022 at 10:19 am

    The 44th BBKA Spring Convention is back at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, on Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 April 2022 With 20+ lectures and 40+ workshops, the programme offers topics for beginners through to experienced apiarists and something for non-beekeepers too. Tickets (wristbands) which everyone must wear for admission, can be purchased on the website from Monday 31 January, where you can also book Workshops and Seminars, Accommodation (including camping pitches) and Dinners. Download the Full Programme  here for details. Click How to Book to read about using the web-based booking system. The  Events Schedules give an overview of what’s on offer to help you plan your visit. Click for details of the Lecture Programme here and the Workshops & Seminars here. Fees are payable for some workshops, but many can be booked free of charge; book to secure your place. Read about Further Programme Features…

  • Spring Convention Accommodation 2022
    on January 20, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Spring Convention Accommodation 2022 Accommodation available on site is limited. For 2022 and with no endorsement or recommendation click Offsite Accommodation for a list of alternatives. This list contains a list of hotels including distance from Harper Adams, phone numbers and website details. We also offer a complimentary Bus Service between some hotels in Telford and Harper Adams. Accommodation This year there will be limited accommodation available on the Harper Adams campus, but there is bed & breakfast and hotel accommodation within a few miles, particularly in Telford. Rooms at Harper Adams will be available on a first come-first served basis to those booking three nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Rooms are singles including an en-suite shower room at a three-night price of £249 per person. This price includes an excellent self-service breakfast each morning and ALL THREE DINNERS: Welcome Dinner (Thursday 7th April); Conference Dinn…

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  • New Appointments within the National Bee Unit
    on January 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

    We are pleased to announce the temporary appointment of Dhonn Atkinson as the National Bee Inspector (NBI) whilst the current NBI Cristina Ruiz is on maternity leave. Dhonn has held a variety of roles across the National Bee Unit and Animal and Plant Health Agency where he held the role of Regional Bee Inspector for the North East of England.Following the retirement of Keith Morgan, Colin Pavey, and shortly Frank Gellatly and the temporary promotion of Sandra Gray, we are pleased to confirm the following movements and appointments:-Regional Bee Inspector for Western England – Jonathan Axe has been promoted from the role of Seasonal Bee Inspector.Regional Bee Inspector for Eastern England – Pete Davies, an experienced manager has moved from the Central England Region.Regional Bee Inspector for Central England – John Geden. John joins the National Bee Unit as an experienced bee farmer.Regional Bee Inspector for South East – Daniel Etheridge a seasonal bee inspector has been offered a temporary promotion to manage this area.Regional Bee Inspector for Wales – Maggie Gill has been promoted from the role of Seasonal Bee Inspector.Regional Bee Inspector for North East England – David Bough a seasonal bee inspector has been offered a temporary promotion to manage this area.For full up to date details please visit the contacts page

  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies
    on December 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:East England: Norfolk.North East England: East YorkshireMid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, South Pembrokeshire, West CarmarthenshireWest England: South East Shropshire, South Staffordshire, North West Worcestershire If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service JobsIf you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.Closing date for application: 16th January 2022

  • Bee Health Advisory Forum – Science Advisor
    on November 8, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The Bee Health Advisory Forum brings Defra & Welsh Government policy and stakeholders together to discuss honey bee health issues and is inviting expressions of interest from applicants interested in being Bee Health Advisory Forum Science Advisors. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th December at 17:00.Full details about the role can be downloaded here and can be found on the Bee Health Advisory page. Please circulate to prospective advisors or feel free to apply.

  • The National Hive Count 2021
    on November 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    The 2021 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 2021. You can do this by clicking this link to update your Hive Count: details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found at:

  • Asian hornet nest killed in Portsmouth, Hampshire
    on November 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    A report of Asian hornet in the Portsmouth area was received via the Asian Hornet Watch App on 29th October. The report was accompanied by clear photographs, allowing National Bee Unit inspectors to follow up the sighting quickly.An Asian hornet nest was located in a tree on Saturday 30th October and the nest was killed on Sunday 31st October. The nest will be sent to Fera for analysis and monitoring will continue in the area supported by local beekeepers.Further information regarding Asian hornet can be found on Defra’s Asian Hornet sightings page and on our BeeBase Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560Use the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Android and Iphone to report sightings.

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  • Let’s Go Beekeeping!
    by WebAdmin on January 16, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Let’s Go BEEKEEPING Richard Senior Let’s Go Beekeeping is a series of practical beekeeping videos that are there to help beekeepers keep, understand, and manage their bees better. Relentless Rosie Presented by Roger Patterson, this series of videos draws on half a century of practical beekeeping knowledge. During August 2021,… The post Let’s Go Beekeeping! appeared first on BIBBA.

  • BIBBA Monthly January 2022
    by WebAdmin on January 15, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Jo Widdicombe-BBKA trustee Let’s Go Beekeeping Why do bees rear so many drones? Lune Valley webinar The post BIBBA Monthly January 2022 appeared first on BIBBA.

  • Why do the bees rear so many drones?
    by WebAdmin on January 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Why the production of a large number of drones is the inevitable consequence of the free mating of queens in drone congregations; and why this proliferation of drones is a key factor in ensuring the adaptability and resilience of the honey bee through the ages. The post Why do the bees rear so many drones? appeared first on BIBBA.

  • Webinars – January 2022
    by WebAdmin on January 5, 2022 at 10:54 am

    WEBINARS in January 2022 If you have not already done so, sign up here for reminders about webinars An Introduction to Lune Valley Community Beekeepers Dr Fred J Ayres 25th January 7.30pm Fred took up beekeeping in 2000 and obtained his first nucleus that year. As his interest in… The post Webinars – January 2022 appeared first on BIBBA.

  • Webinar Programme
    by WebAdmin on December 19, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Don’t forget to sign up here, for free, to learn more about our future programme. Recordings of the majority of webinars are also available on our YouTube Channel The post Webinar Programme appeared first on BIBBA.

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