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 […]


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 […]

Swarm of Honey Bees

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 […]

Bees on Compost

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.  […]

Prize Winning Craft Entry

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 […]


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 However, Hiveclean has been withdrawn and is no longer […]

Weather Bombed Bees

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 […]

Two Queens

A tale of two Queens

December 11, 2016 admin 0

On the seventh of September 2014 I was called to a swarm of Bees in a very large Cedar Tree, the swarm was half way along a very thin branch and the owner did not […]

Intro to bee breeding

A brief introduction to bee breeding

December 11, 2016 admin 0

What would two strange looking men be doing in the middle of a field in Bedfordshire on a sunny afternoon in July? What else but inspecting bees, of course! But, where are the bee suits? […]

Water Source

You can take a horse to water

December 11, 2016 admin 0

In summer 2015, several Bedfordshire beekeepers were fortunate to be invited to take their bees to a local farm to pollinate a borage crop. It is important when providing bees for pollination that both bees […]