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  • Eats, sleeps, bees
    by David on May 20, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Synopsis : The beekeeping season is starting to get busy. Swarm control is not only essential to keep your hives productive, but also offers easy opportunities to improve the quality of your bees. Good records and a choice of bees is all you need. This week I discuss stock improvement together with a few semi-random The post Eats, sleeps, bees appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Is queen clipping cruel?
    by David on May 13, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Synopsis : Is clipping the queen a cruel and barbaric practice? Does it cause pain to the queen? Surely it’s a good way to stop swarming? This is an emotive and sometimes misunderstood topic. What do scientific studies tell us about clipped queens and swarming? Introduction After the contention-free zone of the last couple of The post Is queen clipping cruel? appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Timing is everything
    by David on May 6, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Synopsis : The invariant timings of brood development dictate many beekeeping events including colony inspections, queen rearing and Varroa management. It makes sense to understand and exploit these timings, rather than ignore or fight against them. Introduction There are some inherent contradictions involving timing in beekeeping that can confuse beginners. Actually, they can confuse anyone – beginner The post Timing is everything appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Brood in all stages
    by David on April 29, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Synopsis : The presence of brood in all stages (of development) is an important indicator of the state of your colony. Is it queenright? Is it expanding or contracting? Quantifying the various developmental stages – eggs, larvae and pupae – is not necessary, but being able to determine changes in their proportions is very useful. The post Brood in all stages appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Latitude and longitude
    by David on April 22, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Synopsis : Bees don’t use a diary. Colony development is influenced by local environmental conditions. These are largely determined by latitude and longitude but also vary from year to year. Understanding these influences, and learning how to read the year to year differences, should help you judge colony development. You’ll be better prepared for swarm The post Latitude and longitude appeared first on The Apiarist.

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  • suggestions before petrol!
    by invalid@example.com (Heather) on May 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    I have 2 national colonies each with 3 supers, bees working hard.. but they are bees from hell. Far too rude to be acceptable. Can have hundreds on my veil.. Queens not marked sadly, could never find them in the large colony and always too aggressive to look for long. BUT I need to requeen….as not on my land and they do ‘follow!’ suggestions please..

  • Any scouts at your swarm trap?
    by invalid@example.com (Do224) on May 23, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Last spring/early summer I was fascinated as people started to post on here about scouts appearing at their bait hives and eventually swarms arriving. I guess ‘swarm season’ starts at different times depending where you are in the country… It would be really interesting to hear when people start to get activity at their swarm traps and see pictures/vids of what’s going on! Nothing to report here in north Cumbria as yet…

  • Crazy Bees
    by invalid@example.com (Darryl) on May 23, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    I have/had a lovely colony of bees in a National. They were calm and a pleasure to look after. A recent inspection (two weeks ago) showed the hive bursting with bees both on the brood and super. There were also some QCs which I removed preparing for a split. The bees were very feisty. One week later the inspection revealed a hive full of “daughters of satan” attacking everything in sight. Bee suit took over 30 hits. I couldn’t see the queen nor any eggs but I didn’t hang around for a closer…Crazy Bees

  • Some people should be banned from keeping bees
    by invalid@example.com (jeff33) on May 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    I previously mentioned a beek in an adjacent field with 3-4 hives. He doesn’t treat, they die, next spring he buys a couple more nucs, doesn’t manage them properly, they swarm, and we go round in circles. Today I went to inspect my hives down this out apiary and had a chat with the land owner’s daughter. She told me her mum and 2 people working for the wildlife trust got stung on the same day. I was concerned about what was coming next but she told me it happened after that person had…Some people should be banned from keeping bees

  • What did you do in the Apiary today?
    by invalid@example.com (tonybloke) on May 23, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    the title says it all I applied some fondant to one of my colonies

  • Nettle Beer
    by invalid@example.com (The Poot) on May 23, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    A wet day, so no beeing and no gardening, so time to get something nice (I hope) out of stinging nettles. Beer. 1 kg of nettle tops to 5 litres of water……you need big pans. Attached are pics of the crop being boiled and the ensuing must.

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  • Two Pollination Myths You Shouldn’t Believe
    by Rusty on May 19, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    It’s hard to know the truth about anything. At the inception of the internet, we imagined unlimited access to a world of information. The dissemination of knowledge would be boundless, allowing each… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Never lose your hive tool again
    by Rusty on May 16, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I wasn’t joking when I said I spend 80% of my beekeeping time searching for my hive tool. I’ve never been able to hang onto the dang thing, and I sometimes lose it before I get to the first hive. I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • An intercaste queen stars in a class act of survival
    by Rusty on May 5, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    If you follow the conventional wisdom, you will pinch that intercaste queen immediately and replace her with a “real queen.” A quick internet search for intercaste queen yields… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • It’s time to soapbox the new beekeepers
    by Rusty on May 3, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Okay, new beekeepers, I’ve never seen a soapbox either. Long ago, soap was shipped to retailers in sturdy wooden crates which were sometimes repurposed as small stages. The boxes could elevate an… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • A virgin queen’s fertility window
    by Rusty on April 28, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Does a virgin queen’s fertility turn off like a light switch? Probably not. Mary, a beekeeper with a few virgins, is worried about the mating timetable. She writes: I’m curious. A fellow… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Association Courses & Events
    on May 23, 2022 at 1:41 pm

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  • World Bee Day Events
    on May 20, 2022 at 9:55 am

    World Bee Day Events  World Bee Day is 20th May  The public can help bees by planting bee friendly plants in their gardens and encouraging their councils to plant wildflower meadows and leave grass verges alone to allow wildflowers to bloom.  Here in the UK May is a busy time for beekeepers who are tending their bees and watching them progress into strong colonies and often bringing in a spring honey crop – depending on the weather and forage available. A message from British Beekeeper’s Chair Stephen Barnes YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUatPnc3aY4 British beekeepers’ Association offers leaflets and information about planting for bees and has a Planting for bees quarterly blog available to encourage the public to help support bees by planting more food. During May BBKA also supports ‘No Mow May’ where the public are asked to not mow their lawns for a month to allow wild f…

  • What UK Beekeepers are doing to Support World Bee Day
    on May 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Friday 0001 20 May 2022 World Bee Day is celebrated every year on the 20th May. It is a day when beekeepers raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping, and inform the public of beekeeping events where they can learn more about bees! The public can help bees by planting bee friendly plants in their gardens and encouraging their councils to plant wildflower meadows and leave grass verges alone to allow wildflowers to bloom. Here in the UK May is a busy time for beekeepers who are tending their bees and watching them progress into strong colonies and often bringing in a spring honey crop – depending on the weather and forage available. British Beekeeper’s Chair Stephen Barnes talks about what he will be doing for World Bee Day https://youtu.be/AUatPnc3aY4 We also have leaflets and information about planting for bees and a Planting for bees quarterly blog available to encourage the public to help support bees by planting more food. Stockport Beekeepers Mellor School…

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  • A confirmed finding of a single Asian hornet in Felixstowe, Suffolk
    on April 29, 2022 at 12:00 am

    The National Bee Unit is carrying out enhanced monitoring and awareness raising together with local beekeepers after a single insect, confirmed to be Vespa velutina was killed at a sentinel apiary, reported by a beekeeper.Laboratory analysis has shown that the Asian hornet was a female but as it was dried out and damaged it couldn’t be ascertained if it was a queen or worker. Additionally it is highly likely to be from the European population rather than a new introduction from Asia and is highly unlikely to be the offspring of either of last year’s nests in the UK.Further information regarding the yellow legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra’s Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560We continue to ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase (guidance here) and report suspect sightings here.

  • Registration Page – Error – FIXED
    on March 24, 2022 at 12:00 am

    We are currently experiencing an error with our registration page which is preventing beekeepers from registering.  We are working hard to find a fix and will update this News items as soon as a fix is found. To register, please come back in a few days or give the NBU a call on 0300 3030094 and we can process your registartion for you. UPDATE: This has now been fixed. 

  • Analysis of 2021 Asian hornet nests
    on March 3, 2022 at 12:00 am

    During the 2021 season, two Asian hornet nests were located and successfully destroyed by NBU inspectors and APHA colleagues, following sightings reported via the Asian Hornet Watch app.The nest found in Ascot, and destroyed on 11th October, was 35 cm in diameter and contained six combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest, and that the nest hadn’t reached the stage of producing adult sexual stages.The nest found in Portsmouth, and destroyed on 31st October, was 31cm in diameter and contained 4 combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest. The nest had reached the stage of producing sexual stages but was highly inbred and a large proportion of the offspring were triploid.The queen and drones for both the Ascot and Portsmouth nest were highly unlikely to be direct offspring of the Gosport nest from 2020.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 0416560.Use the Asian hornet Watch app for Android and iPhone to report sightings.Yn ystod tymor 2021, cafodd dau nyth cacwn Asiaidd eu darganfod a’u dinistrio’n llwyddiannus gan arolygwyr yr NBU a chydweithwyr APHA, yn dilyn golygfeydd a adroddwyd drwy’r ap ‘Hornet Watch’ Asiaidd.Cafodd y nyth a ganfuwyd yn Ascot ei ddinistrio ar yr 11eg o Hydref. Roedd yn 35 cm mewn diamedr ac yn cynnwys chwe adran i atgenhedlu. Mae canlyniad y dadansoddiadau genetig yn awgrymu bod yr holl gacwn Asiaidd a gasglwyd yn yr ardal gyfagos yn debygol o fod wedi dod o’r nyth hwn, ac nad oedd y nyth wedi cyrraedd y cam lle y caiff ffurfiau rhywiol llawn dwf eu cynhyrchu.Roedd y nyth a ganfuwyd yn Portsmouth, a’i ddinistrio ar 31 Hydref, yn 31cm mewn diamedr ac yn cynnwys 4 adran i atgenhedlu. Mae canlyniad y dadansoddiadau genetig yn awgrymu bod yr holl gacwn Asiaidd a gasglwyd yn yr ardal gyfagos yn debygol o fod wedi dod o’r nyth hwn. Roedd y nyth wedi cyrraedd y cam lle y caiff ffurfiau rhywiol llawn dwf eu cynhyrchu ond roedd wedi mewnfridio i raddau helaeth ac roedd cyfran fawr o’r epil yn driploid.Roedd y frenhines a’r dronau ar gyfer nyth Ascot a Portsmouth yn annhebygol iawn o fod yn uniongyrchol o’r nyth darganfyddwyd yn Gosport yn ystod 2020.Mae rhagor o wybodaeth am y gacynen Asiaidd ar gael ar dudalen golygfeydd cyrn Asiaidd Defra ac ar ein tudalen cyrn Asiaidd BeeBase. Dylech gyfeirio pob ymholiad gan y cyfryngau at Swyddfa’r Wasg Defra: 0330 0416560.Defnyddiwch yr ap Gwylio Hornet Asiaidd ar gyfer Android ac iPhone i roi gwybod am olygfeydd.

  • NBU question time – A hive autopsy?
    on March 1, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Join regional bee inspectors John Geden and Maggie Gill and seasonal bee inspector Eleanor Burgess to find out about the common causes of colony losses over the winter and what can be done to prevent them. A hive autopsy will look at the signs and symptoms of starvation, varroosis, failing queens and other issues your overwintering bees can experience. Tuesday 15th March from 7:30pm – 9:00pm via Teams –  Register here Questions and photos can be submitted in advance to beekeepers@apha.gov.uk

  • 2021 Hive Count
    on February 28, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Almost 9,000 beekeepers updated their details on BeeBase during the 2021 hive count. There are currently more than 46,000 beekeepers registered on BeeBase, meaning that around 20% participated.This 2021 hive count produced a figure of 272,631 colonies in the UK. This is slightly higher than the 2020 figure of 260,268. 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 the National Bee Unit and Scottish Government 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.

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  • Improving bees by raising your own queens
    by WebAdmin on May 17, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    The improvement of bees is an important part of beekeeping. The suitability of bees to the environment and their temper are issues that concern the caring beekeeper, but are not often included in tuition. This course will cover many of the topics and techniques that will suit the “ordinary” beekeeper, with a large practical element The post Improving bees by raising your own queens appeared first on BIBBA.

  • May 2022 BIBBA Monthly
    by WebAdmin on April 27, 2022 at 11:35 am

    World Bee Day – 20th May Bee Improvement Courses Apiary Vicinity Mating – Fact or Fiction? The post May 2022 BIBBA Monthly appeared first on BIBBA.

  • BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter
    by WebAdmin on April 12, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    by Duncan Heather & Brian Green I would be surprised if I wasn’t the only one to be pleases to see the back of the 2021 beekeeping season.  For me personally, it was the worst season I’ve had in 15 years of beekeeping.  Cold weather then, near continuous rain, well… The post BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter appeared first on BIBBA.

  • NatBIP News No8
    by WebAdmin on March 28, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    If you are wondering why you have not been receiving NatBIP News over the Winter, don’t worry, you have not missed anything – we have had a break…. The post NatBIP News No8 appeared first on BIBBA.

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    Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again. Your subscription has been successful. Sign Up for Info on BIBBA We will keep you updated on what is happening. Enter your email address to subscribe Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g abc@xyz.com Enter your FIRSTNAME Enter your LASTNAME… The post Show Sign Up appeared first on BIBBA.

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