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January Apiary Notes

February 4, 2020 Simon Barrow 0

We are approaching the danger months for our colonies. In my experience there aren’t many colony losses until February or March. The main reasons for colonies dying out are beekeeper error or the weather. As […]

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Nucs and how to use them effectively

January 3, 2020 Simon Barrow 0

Why ‘nucs’ are important in beekeeping There are many uses for nucs in several beekeeping management situations. Some examples of their use are to: overwinter spare queens and bees to make up for winter losses […]

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December Apiary notes

December 17, 2019 Simon Barrow 0

Colonies are all ready for winter now with mouse guards, woodpecker netting and bricks on roofs. For my own peace of mind I like to visit apiaries occasionally during the winter to make sure nothing […]

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October Apiary Notes

October 5, 2019 Simon Barrow 0

Now we are into October the weather has turned more autumnal although the bees are working the ivy during sunny spells. In fact some hives are working as if there is summer flow so they […]

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September Apiary Notes

September 27, 2019 Simon Barrow 0

Our bees are now preparing for winter and it is time for us to make sure colonies are in a good condition to survive the winter. My hives were all treated for varroa during August […]

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Swarming Season

April 23, 2019 admin 0

It’s that time of year again when we can expect to see honey bee swarms. Hives are beginning to get stronger and may soon decide to swarm. We have already seen some swarming and the recent […]

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Food for thought ?

March 13, 2019 admin 0

The bees in my garden have completely ignored the large patch of Snowdrops planted especially for them.  However, they have adored the pots used for growing tomatoes last year, with leftover but “spent” organic compost.  […]

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Honey Show – Honey Festival

October 20, 2017 admin 0

Woburn Abbey courtyard and gardens provided a beautiful setting for a new event in our calendar, the Honey Festival on Saturday 30 September.  A wide range of stalls were there to appeal to visiting members […]

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Varroa Treatment

September 4, 2017 Wally Thrale 1

Previously I used Hiveclean as Varroa treatment, both before supers went on in spring and again at the end of summer when honey was taken off. However, Hiveclean has been withdrawn and is no longer […]

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Weather Bombed Bees

March 3, 2017 admin 0

It had all been going so well – with every hive alive and some pretty strong.  Then, on the afternoon of our AGM, the farmer on whose land I have some hives phoned to say […]

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