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  • Beekeeping fantasy vs. reality
    by David on September 17, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    There have been a couple of stories in the press recently that have made me think about the idealised version of beekeeping that is often promoted … with the reality of a lot of amateur beekeeping . Most recently was the announcement of the new CBBC show titled Show Me the Honey! which will be available The post Beekeeping fantasy vs. reality appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Cut more losses
    by David on September 10, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    This is a follow-on to the post last week, this time focusing on feeding and a few ‘odds and sods’ that failed to make it into the first 3000 words on reducing overwintering colony losses. Both posts should be read in conjunction with one (or more ) of my earlier posts on disease management for The post Cut more losses appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Cut your losses
    by David on September 3, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    The stats for winter losses in the UK, Europe and USA can make for rather sobering reading. In the UK, losses over the last 12 years have fluctuated between 9% and 34%. This self-selecting survey includes responses from about 10% of the British Beekeepers Association membership (primarily England and Wales, despite the name). The average The post Cut your losses appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Irrational Varroa control
    by David on August 27, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    About a month ago I wrote a post on rational Varroa control. I define this as choosing a miticide appropriate for your colony and environment, administering it properly and at the right time so providing the maximum benefit to your bees. The long term goal of rational Varroa control is reduced colony losses due to The post Irrational Varroa control appeared first on The Apiarist.

  • Less is more
    by David on August 20, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    The season here started late after a a long, cold spring, and it’s giving every impression of ending early. A couple of low pressure systems have slowly drifted in from the west, replacing the settled calm weather with something a lot more changeable. On the west coast of Scotland the heather has still to really The post Less is more appeared first on The Apiarist.

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  • First hive headache.
    by invalid@example.com (Big ears) on September 19, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m sure this has been asked before but tried a search and couldn’t find what I needed to know so sorry for post. I plan to start next spring with bees, I have decided on National wooden hives but not ruling out a WBC either. I will only be keeping a low number of hives and be a hobby beekeeper not a commercial one. What is perplexing me is what size hive to start with , National deep or 14×12? I have handled both and find the larger frames of the 12×14 not that cumbersome…First hive headache.

  • UK pledges to restore pounds and ounces as Brexit benefit
    by invalid@example.com (Murox) on September 19, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Don’t order any more labels yetUK pledges to restore pounds and ounces as Brexit benefit

  • What hive setup to use for the ivy flows?
    by invalid@example.com (Curly green finger’s) on September 19, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Hi if we can use queen’s reared between June and July of the same year to take to a Heather stance, give 2 year olds a rest by using a modified demaree to take also, what colony/queen would one use to take advantage of the ivy flow?? To produce a ivy crop? I ask because I’ve had small amounts of ivy honey mainly 2020 and I like it myself not everyone’s preference. My thoughts: later reared queen’s from July – August that year maybe? What are your thoughts pls?

  • Fermented Honey
    by invalid@example.com (gwt_uk) on September 19, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Hello all, some OSR honey I took of this year that seems to have fermented. I was thinking of putting it in take away tubs and feeding it back to the bees. Any thoughts? Thanks

  • Hi from Gower in Wales.
    by invalid@example.com (Gower Beekeeper) on September 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Just taken off my latest crop of honey. The bees are more interested in the Ivy than cleaning out the wet frames I returned to them.

  • Cleaning a Konigin extractor
    by invalid@example.com (Levitt53) on September 19, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    After reaching my capacity limit with my manual extractor in the spring I have invested in a Konigin 9 frame electric radial extractor. I’m planning to spin the honey this afternoon and am just contemplating cleaning the extractor. However the tap is on the same side as the motor so I’m not sure how I can get much water in it without possibly getting some in the motor. The instructions do say that it can be washed with a power washer! I am thinking the motor might be able to be removed…Cleaning a Konigin extractor

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  • Getting started: the cost of beekeeping
    by Rusty on September 16, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Some things should never be calculated. I learned this basic lesson many years ago from a skating coach. After I won my first gold medal — okay, it was some kind of yellow metal medal — I tried to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • It’s time to learn a new bee
    by Rusty on August 30, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Now that September looms and you’ve completed your crucial August mite management, I want you to take a breather. Relax for a moment and reflect on where you find beekeeping information and how you… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Beekeepers and the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Unskilled and Unaware
    by Rusty on August 10, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Long before I knew it had a name, I wrote about the Dunning-Kruger effect in beekeeping. In a blog post titled “I Was So Much Smarter Then,” I revealed the results of my one-sided, unscientific, and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Create an Artificial Swarm with a Taranov Split
    by Rusty on July 19, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    A split is simply a division made by taking an existing colony and separating it into two or more parts. As elementary as that sounds, endless variations exist depending on the desired outcome…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • What does terroir have to do with honey?
    by Rusty on June 9, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    I seldom switch allegiance midstream, but I just did. I set out to write about the terroir of honey, but as I read stacks of material on artisanal crops, a nagging thought kept doubling back. In… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more. ]]

  • Asian hornet team
    on September 16, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    The Role of BBKA Associations and Beekeepers concerning Asian Hornets The BBKA are asking every Association to select teams of 15 members to work with a co-ordinator to help identify the hornets. This team will assist with local requests for help in identifying Asian Hornets. It is vital that all Beekeepers can identify Asian Hornets. Each branch or group can establish their own team so that individuals will not be asked to travel vast distances. They should establish a good communication network between each other, so that the nearest team member can answer a call about a potential siting and call for back up if necessary. To qualify for insurance you must undertake this exercise  Asian Hornet Team Exercise What Does the Team do? Form a communication network of people confident in identifying what could be an Asian Hornet. Know how to report a suspected hornet Distribute identifying literature  and inform individuals, businesses, markets gardeners etc in …

  • Environmental Science
    on September 16, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Environmental Science and BEES Bees have been around for about 27 million years. They can be very good at protecting themselves against predators using their sting. They can however be killed with chemicals which farmers sometimes use to keep their crops pest and disease free. This topic first covers the basic principles of sexual reproduction in plants. It stresses the importance of thorough pollination for good fruit production. It explains why bees are so very important as  pollinators of many of our crops, and touches on the threats to our bee population. Children at Key Stage 1 should be able to pick up the idea that bees move pollen around and that this helps fruit to form but at Key Stage 2 they will be able to appreciate the mechanism properly In the first instance the ovaries are the most important part. Flowers with developing ovaries are very useful to show the seeds forming (using magnifying glasses). Apple, cherry, strawberry, peas, beans, oil seed rape and wallflo…

  • Honey Bee Health
    on September 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Honey Bee Health Certificate A practical assessment suitable for members who wish to advance beyond their Basic Assessment A new assessment available from 2018 to help beekeepers who have already passed their Basic Assessment acquire some of the skills needed at the General Husbandry level. Aims To encourage beekeepers who have been awarded the BBKA Basic Certificate and have at least three years of beekeeping experience to improve their understanding and practice of beekeeping. The Candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of beekeeping skills.   Application To apply for the assessment, please contact your local Exam Secretary. They will be able to email you a link to the application form. You can use this to apply and pay online. You will get a receipt by email to confirm we have your application. If you are not sure how to contact your local exam secretary then check with your local association. Independent members can contact the BBKA office to receiv…

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  • Asian Hornet Week
    on September 10, 2021 at 12:00 am

    6-10 September is Asian Hornet WeekTwo new presentations on the Asian hornet diet and Asian hornet nests in the UK by Dr Eleanor Jones are now available.Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.

  • Asian Hornet Week
    on September 9, 2021 at 12:00 am

    6-10 September is Asian Hornet WeekSee the Hunt for Asian hornets blog by Meg Seymour and Gordon Bull herePlease report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.

  • Asian Hornet Week
    on September 8, 2021 at 12:00 am

    6-10 September is Asian Hornet WeekSee an update presentation about Asian Hornet from Nigel Semmence herePlease report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.

  • Asian Hornet Week
    on September 7, 2021 at 12:00 am

    6-10 September is Asian Hornet WeekPlease see the newly updated Asian Hornet Monitoring leaflet here.  The simplified designs are easier to make, to help you monitor for Asian hornet in your area.Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.

  • Asian Hornet Week
    on September 6, 2021 at 12:00 am

    6-10 September is Asian Hornet WeekBeeBase will feature new and updated information about Asian Hornet throughout the week. Improve your identification skills by reading about commonly misidentified insects or downloading an identification sheet.Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Android or iPhone or report it here.

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  • NatBIP News No 7
    by WebAdmin on August 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Leave things better than we found them It is said that the duty of a gardener (and indeed, a farmer) is to leave the soil in better heart than it was found. As for beekeepers, the same could be said about our bees. It is good to leave better quality… The post NatBIP News No 7 appeared first on BIBBA.

  • BIBBA Monthly – Sept 2021
    by Robert Silver on August 26, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Roger Patterson: A review of BIBBA over the past year Call for someone with insurance expertise Planned publications The Teaching Apiary Peter Jenkins Thoughts on Beehives The post BIBBA Monthly – Sept 2021 appeared first on BIBBA.

  • BIBBA Magazines and Newsletters
    by WebAdmin on August 20, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    BIBBA Monthly is produced by BIBBA and is provided to members free of charge. Editor: Philip Denwood  Design and Artwork: Roger Cullum-Kenyon BIM Issues 1-25 with Index The post BIBBA Magazines and Newsletters appeared first on BIBBA.

  • Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method
    by WebAdmin on August 4, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    This book describes a little known but simple way of quickly increasing honey bee colonies. Rather than just being one method, there are several techniques that can be used on their own if needed. The author has used the whole method or parts successfully for over 40 years. Although it… The post Colony Increase – The Roger Patterson Method appeared first on BIBBA.

  • Honeybee improvement in a nutshell
    by Richard Senior on July 29, 2021 at 10:39 am

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