Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 11th October 2017
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Put mouse guards over the hive entrances before the mice discover this lovely warm larder in which to overwinter. They can flatten themselves to get into a low entrance but can’t get in through the round holes in the mouseguards. If they gain entrance you will lose your colony, your wax, and have a disinfectant […]
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The European Reference Laboratory for Honey Bee Health – Part 1
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Mike Brown and Gay Marris, PhD, National Bee Unit (NBU) The Sophia-Antipolis Laboratory of ANSES takes on this important role BEEKEEPING IS practised throughout the European Union (EU), both at the amateur and the professional level. There are estimated to be 700,000 beekeepers in the EU, the vast majority of whom (97%) are non-professional (EU, […]
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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 4th October 2017
Wednesday, 04 October 2017
Following the recent sightings at each end of Devon over the past two weeks, and destruction of a nest near Woolacombe, keep a look out in and around your Apiary for Asian Hornets and their nests. Information on identification and how to report any suspected sightings can be found on the National Bee Unit site Check any […]
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Honey Bee Temper: Those Other Variables
Saturday, 30 September 2017
John Mitchell Observations on bee temper from 25 years ago FOR MANY years I have been fascinated by talk of good-tempered and bad-tempered bees. In my early days of beekeeping, I labelled all of my colonies in either category. However, in the course of a season, I could well reverse my opinion. What I had […]
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Bee Craft October 2011 – Letters
Friday, 29 September 2017
Feeding I would like to ask why we feed different types and mixes of feed to our bees? There is fondant and syrup with various degrees of strength (and no doubt others advocate other feeds) and then these can only to be used at certain times of the year. Is there any modern, verified research […]
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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 27th September 2017
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
As the leaves all around change colour, many minds turn towards cutting out the dead growth from the summer and clearing out those plants that took over during the warm wet summer. Please leave your ivy and balsam for a few weeks more though so that the bees can make the most of the late harvest […]
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