Beekeeping

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Getting started

Getting Started So you’ve been on an introductory beekeeping course, decided on a make of hive, bought a bee suit and are hoping that a swarm will turn up soon with your name on it! Or you have ordered or intend to purchase a nucleus of bees for delivery next spring. In the meantime you …

Swarming

Swarming Season Swarming is the honeybees natural process of ensuring the survival of the species but there are certain factors that bring the swarming process on quicker than normal and if you have an understanding of this you can stay one step ahead of your bees. The main reason a colony swarms is due to …

Honey

The main reason people have kept bees for centuries are the rewards of the honey harvest. Honey is a totally natural food made by bees from the nectar of plants. It not only tastes good but has many beneficial effects to health. It is produced by bees as a food source for the hive, the …

Health

Todays honey bees are under threat from a range of environmental pressures. This includes loss of plant diversity, habitat and threat from pests and diseases. As non-beekeepers we can help bees by encouraging them into our gardens by providing them with the plants they like to feed on and making suitable homes for them to …

Wintering bees

The optimum condition for a colony going into winter is: 1. The colony should have a young queen and plenty of bees 2. Stores should be sufficient to last until the spring flowers arrive, 3. It should be disease free and protected from pests and predators, and 4. The bees should be in a sound, …