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  • The bare necessities
    by David on February 26, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    It’s that time of the season when the increasingly bloated Thorne’s catalogue crashes onto the doormat. The timing is impeccable. Through the long winter, experienced beekeepers have busied themselves with the unpleasant jobs ignored all last season; the painting and decorating, the tax return, tidying the loft or even gardening. There’s only so much procrastination The post The bare necessities appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Creamed honey
    by David on February 19, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Which of these is the odd one out? Comb honey, chunk honey, baker’s honey, creamed honey, blossom honey, borage honey, Scottish honey, honeydew honey? Anyone? Reserved descriptions Honey that is for sale needs to be labelled properly. I don’t intend to discuss the labelling regulations as, a) they may be different here in Scotland to The post Creamed honey appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • The danger zone
    by David on February 12, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    … your bees are entering it about now. I had hoped to start this post with a pretty picture of a row of colourful hives topped with a foot or more of snow. It would have been an easy picture to take … we’ve certainly got the snow. It would have been an easy picture The post The danger zone appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Frequently asked questions
    by David on February 5, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    The 2020/21 winter has been very busy with online talks to beekeeping associations. I’m averaging about five a month, with only the fortnight over Christmas and New Year being a bit quieter.  When chatting to the organisers of these talks it’s clear that they are getting increasingly successful . Audience numbers are encouragingly high as The post Frequently asked questions appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • In the bleak midwinter
    by David on January 29, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Winter has finally arrived. We’ve had temperatures fluctuating around 0°C for the last two to three weeks now, with some very hard frosts and more than enough snow to make the track impassable. Like the bees, I’ve spent the time hunkered down focusing on keeping warm and conserving my stores. Unlike my bees, I’ve benefited The post In the bleak midwinter appeared first on The Apiarist.

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  • Possible Ireland project
    by invalid@example.com (Into the lions den) on March 2, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I am putting this out on the forum and inviting RELEVANT responses primarily from Irish members. I have run this past the moderators for an ok before posting..as this could be deemed commercial in nature and a sensitive issue for some. Please..before starting to read this..be aware that this is a genuine project, not in any way an intention to exploit loopholes etc and is never going to be a back door entry point for bees to the UK. Most definitely NOT packages via Northern Ireland Mk 2…Possible Ireland project

  • Rooftop beekeeping for a company?
    by invalid@example.com (Merk) on March 2, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Hi, So we have been approached by a company to keep two hives up on the roof of their building. We arn’t a commercial company or anything but just hobbyists right now however this sounds like a great opporunity for more exposure and potentially to make progress in to a bit of a business. I’m sure however there are a number of things we need to consider and i’m wondering if anyone here has done something similar? Do we or the company need a particular type of insurance? I’m assuming we…Rooftop beekeeping for a company?

  • Syrup or fondant?
    by invalid@example.com (Popparand) on March 2, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Day time temperatures moving into double figures most days so is it safe to start feeding with syrup as hives getting a bit light?

  • New beekeeper question about feeding
    by invalid@example.com (Puffingi) on March 2, 2021 at 11:03 am

    I am very much a new bee, wondering if my first hive of bees (Warre – had it six days) needs supplementary feeding – Its sunny and there are flowers out in the garden. There is a steady flow of bees in and out of the opening of the hive, a few with their legs covered in pollen. It could get cold and damp again any day though as its only late February. The person who sold me the hive and bees, advised me to feed them, but I suppose they weren’t expecting such…New beekeeper question about feeding

  • WBC Hive Plans
    by invalid@example.com (Brian Bush) on March 2, 2021 at 11:03 am

    People often ask for WBC Hive Plans I have attached a PDF

  • Extrafloral Nectaries
    by invalid@example.com (beeno) on March 2, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Let gardeners be aware! I was weeding and I became aware of bees crawling inside the clumps of new growth of Forget-me-nots. First I thought they may be after water, but the foliage was dry and they were not on the soil. Since I am replanting some of my self-seeded Forget-me-nots in different positions I was interested to know if this was a one off or something I should take note of to avoid an ouch moment. Turns out that the bees were collecting nectar from the plants extrafloral…Extrafloral Nectaries

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  • Should you feed pollen supplement in spring?
    by Rusty on February 26, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Commercial beekeepers who intend to pollinate California almond orchards must have large and robust colonies ready for the February bloom. To help their colonies prepare for the big event, they… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Respiration and Circulation in Honey Bees
    by Rusty on February 21, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Except for a recently discovered parasite of salmon, all animals require oxygen for survival and expel carbon dioxide as a waste product.1 Because animals are so varied, many breathing systems have… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • A beekeeper asks, “When do I quit?”
    by Rusty on February 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    I have attempted to keep bees for five years now and am just about to call it quits because I can’t seem to keep them alive over winter. I keep finding reasons/excuses for them dying, but in the end,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Angel-Topped Babies and Cemetery Honey
    by Rusty on January 17, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Why do people keep bees? These days, it seems that honey has nothing to do with it. “I don’t care about the honey,” they say with conviction. Instead, they cite a desire to pollinate their gardens or… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • One last sting: a fitting end to 2020
    by Rusty on January 3, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    December 31 began cold and wet as usual, but I decided to check on my bees. I would hate for them to go into a new year without sufficient food, so I lifted the back of each quilt box a half-inch and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Asian Hornet Conference 2021
    on March 2, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Conference starts at 10am Asian Hornet Conference Provisional Programme Time                 Talk Speaker 10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and Introduction to the conference Anne Rowberry 10-20 – 11.10 Asian Hornet and research updates Prof.Stephen Martin 11.10 – 11.20 Break   11.20 -12.00 The French Experience Andrew Durham 12.00 – 12.10 Break   12.10 – 12.50 The Situation in the UK Nigel Semmence NBU/Defra 12.50 – 1.30 Lunch/ Short Video   1.30 – 2.15 the Atlantic Positive project and some of the research and experience from Galicia Dr Sandra Rojas-Nossa the University of Vigo 2.15 – 2.30 Short Break   2.30 – 3.20 Current & ongoing University of Exeter Asian Hornet research Dr Peter Kenned…

  • Research Project Presentations 2021
    on March 1, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Research Project Presentations Please purchase a ticket for this event. Tickets are free but we would welcome a donation. Saturday February 27th 2021 An opportunity to hear from three of our funded research groups how they have progressed. 10.30 am.  Brief introduction – Pam Hunter Timings are approximate 10.40-11.10   Hannah Samson, Leicester University.  Looking at the effect of air pollution on pollinators using bumble bees as a model.  The microbial communities of gut samples have been analysed using DNA 11.20 – 11.40 Philip Donkersley, Lancaster University. Looking for the presence of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides in bee samples from municipal sites. 12.00 – 12.30 pm. Nick Balfour.  Sussex University.  Setting up a data base of plants and insects interactions (DOPI). There will be an opportunity to ask questions to each researcher.

  • 2021 Winter Survival Survey
    on March 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Winter Survival Survey 2021  Please use the following link to access the BBKA Winter Survival Survey https://forms.gle/D49RppfNYdqkpDpE9 The survey period is from 1st October 2020 until 1st April 2021. Don’t complete the survey form before the 1st April but please do return it before the 30th April.

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  • 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.

  • Social science study on how best to support beekeepers and bee farmers through education, information and advice
    on January 20, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Understanding how turnover (“churn”) among beekeepers can be managed and review information sources, learning methods and use of social media, to develop resources to support the beekeeping sector.Defra and Welsh Government have commissioned a social science study to gather information about different aspects of education and training. This includes getting a better understanding of how the turnover of beekeepers can be managed. It will also review information sources, learning methods and use of social media. The third part of the project will evaluate current continuous professional development schemes and resources to support bee farmers. The study which has just begun, has been contracted to ICF Consulting who have carried out a number of research projects in other areas for Defra. We are hoping that many beekeepers will participate in the project which will include a survey and further details will be announced soon.This work links into the Healthy Bees Plan 2030, working together to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.

  • COVID-19 and Beekeeping update
    on January 11, 2021 at 12:00 am

    This is a re-issue of the guidance provided in October 2020:Please find the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance. The update includes separate links to the current Public Health Guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v3COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v3If you have any queries please contact:For England: BeeHealth.Info@defra.gov.ukFor Wales: HoneyBeeHealth@gov.wales / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymruFor Scotland: Bees_Mailbox@gov.scot

  • Starvation and Varroa Alert
    on December 4, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food.Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily.For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 – Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allowed an increase in mite reproduction.Please monitor mite levels and treat accordingly.For further information, please see the’ Managing Varroa’ Advisory leaflet on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167

  • 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.

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  • Salisbury and District BKA
    by BHoldcroft2961 on February 28, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      A group formed to encourage and support local beekeepers keep locally-adapted bees with locally raised, open-mated queens of local heritage.   Please Contact: Matthew Dodd         Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.Name *FirstLastEmail *Comment or Message *Submit          

  • BIBBA Opposes the Importation of Honey Bees and Queens
    by WebAdmin on February 18, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Here are 15 reasons why BIBBA opposes the importation of honey bees and queens

  • BIBBA Monthly – February 2021
    by Robert Silver on February 17, 2021 at 9:21 am

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  • North Gower Bee Improvement
    by BHoldcroft2961 on February 16, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    North Gower as a peninsula and especially its northern tip, is reasonably isolated due to a range of natural features.

  • NatBIP News No1
    by Richard Senior on February 3, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    The National Bee Improvement Programme The new season is fast approaching and so to allow beekeepers to prepare for participating in NatBIP we have added the NatBIP Record Card and instruction sheet. This will also be available in the NatBIP GUIDE on the BIBBA website. Record Card The card can…

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