Beekeeping News

The September issue of Bee Craft is now available

September Issue As the summer draws to a close and our minds turn towards hopefully harvesting the honey from our hives, keep an hour or two free to read your September issue of Bee Craft. We hear from teenage beekeepers, visit the UK’s first traditional tree hive, learn more about feeding our bees, find out […]

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Bee Craft August Issue: Remote Monitoring, Drone Congregation, Oilseed Rape and the Demaree Method.

It’s the summer holidays! In our August issue, you’ll find all of the following, and more. Oil Seed Rape The reduction in oilseed rape crops is the theme of Peter Tomkins article and how this is leading to concerns for beekeepers, as forage and of course, honey yields decrease. The changing uses of pesticides and […]

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July Issue: Machester Bees, Oilseed Rape Honey, how to produce cut comb and a Taranov board

In the July Issue of Bee Craft, you will find the usual wonderful selection of articles about Beekeeping. It’s been very difficult to not notice the images of Manchester’s bees in the press over the past couple of months. Take a look at our article on why Manchester has adopted the worker bee as it’s […]

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May Issue: Beekeeping in India, Wales and Scotland. Cloake and Snelgrove boards and as it’s the season; swarming and queen rearing

As you have come to expect our May issue of Bee Craft contains a wide range of articles as well as a special offer from Sophie Allport. We visit India for the final time, meet the English team for the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers, and hear about the advantages of keeping locally bred honey […]

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April Issue: Dave Goulson, Bee Audacious, Indian bees, natural control of bee diseases and lots more.

Coming up in the April Issue of Bee Craft Our magazine will be landing in your postboxes in the next few days and is already waiting for you in the Bee Craft app, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon There is a ‘must read’ article if you are interested in importing bees from outside the United […]

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Our February Issue

In the next few days, our February Issue will be waiting for you in your postboxes and inboxes. As the weather worsens, take time to read through Bee Craft while planning your beekeeping for 2017. As usual, there are plenty of beekeeping articles for you all to enjoy. We have an article by Andy Bacon […]

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The January issue of Bee Craft Magazine

The January issue of Bee Craft Magazine will arrive in your post boxes next week, hopefully before the festive period begins in earnest. The magazine will feature some interesting articles for beekeepers of all levels. Read on to find out about some of the articles we have for you in Bee Craft this month. * […]

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Join the Bee Craft Team

Bee Craft is seeking a new Advertising Manager to join its successful team producing the gold-medal-winning magazine. For details contact Andrew Gibb on chiefexec@bee-craft.com. Closing date for applications is 31 January 2017. A list of duties is shown below. To download the pdf, use the link below. bc-ad-manager

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Bill Turnbull to broadcast Appeal for Bees for Development

BBC Radio 4 appeal on behalf of Bees for Development

Bill Turnbull will broadcast The BBC Radio 4 Appeal featuring Bees for Development’s work in December 2016. Tune in to Bill’s broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Sunday 11 December at 7:55am or 9:26pm, and Thursday 15 December at 3:27pm. Listen again at: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 Please encourage your friends and local association to listen to the Appeal, […]

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Asian Hornet Found in Somerset

Message from The National Bee Unit – 4 Oct 2016 There has been a confirmed finding of Asian hornet north of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. As with the first sighting, work to find, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, and includes: • setting up a three mile surveillance zone around the location […]

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Asian Hornet Nest Found

Bee Inspectors from the National Bee Unit (NBU) have found and destroyed an Asian Hornet nest in Gloucestershire. Since the first Asian Hornet was found and positively identified in Gloucestershire a couple of weeks ago, teams of bee inspectors from our National Bee Unit have been working tirelessly to trap other asian hornets and track them […]

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Photograph of the Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

There has been a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK. The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet […]

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Heather Honey book

Heather Honey: a Comprehensive Guide

Michael Badger, MBE 384  pages. full colour Will be available from Bee Craft at the National Honey Show 27-29 October 2016, and to pre-order via the Bee Craft shop CONTENTS Acknowledgements 11 Foreword 15 Introduction …………………………………………………………….. 17 Section 1: Heather Moorland, its Ecology and Man the Beekeeper 17 A History of How the Heather Moorlands Came […]

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Bees’ Needs week (9 – 17 July)

PLANT MORE FLOWERS, CUT GRASS LESS AND BUILD A BEE HOTEL: THE SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR BEES Planting bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often are among five simple steps the public are being urged to take to help our precious pollinators thrive—as, despite public concern about bee populations, more than […]

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Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe

All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees is holding a debate in Westminster between the National Farmers Union and Friends of the Earth to launch its 2016 programme. The debate, entitled, ‘Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe’ will be held on Wednesday 27th April and will pitch the two […]

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Bee festival in Prague

If you have an interesting bee-related film to share, now is your chance to shine. Hurry! The deadline for entries is April 15. The MAJA International Bee Film Festival is organized by Czech beekeepers in Prague. It’s now time to send your bee film for inclusion in the festival. The deadline is April 15. Don’t […]

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Maisemore Competition Winner

Congratulations, Mark from Powys, and thank you to over 300 readers who entered our competition. Thank you, too, to Maisemore Apiaries for donating such a terrific prize. Didn’t win this time? You can purchase a poly hive from Maisemore Apiaries at the BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University, 8–9 April, or online at www.bees-online.co.uk

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National Beehive Count‏

The National Bee Unit are asking beekeepers to help record the number of overwintering colonies. This is also a good opportunity for you to make sure your BeeBase records are up to date. Letter from the National Bee Unit:  Dear Beekeeper We are writing to ask for your help in updating your records of the […]

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The Winners Have Been Announced!

Bee Craft Photographic Competition 2015 Once again, the standard of entries was high. Our readers continue to come up with stunning photographs, a good range of subject matter (all bees and beekeeping-related) and some amusing situations too. 12 winners have at last been chosen. The pictures will feature on the front cover of Bee Craft each […]

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Gold Medal for Bee Craft – again!

Great news from Korea! Bee Craft remains the world’s number one beekeeping magazine! Bee Craft magazine has again been awarded Gold at the World’s Beekeeping Congress, Apimondia. Bee Craft management is delighted to announce the success achieved by the Bee Craft team in securing this coveted award for the second congress in succession and believe […]

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Vita (Europe) Ltd and Apilab in South America start working together for healthier bees

At Apimondia 2015 in Daejeon, South Korea, two companies based in different hemispheres and with the common aim of promoting honeybee health have announced that they are joining forces to offer beekeepers a wider range of bee health treatments, feeds and products. Vita (Europe) Ltd, the world’s largest dedicated honeybee health company, is teaming up […]

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Api-bioxal approved by the VMD

The approval by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate of Api-bioxal gives UK beekeepers access for the first time, to a fully registered oxalic acid product. This approval overcomes the uncertainty over the legality of the use of oxalic acid products. According to its manufacturer Chemicals LAIF, (Padua, Italy), the formulation produces a syrup for trickling onto […]

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NBU eLearning programme for beekeepers

The NBU would like to announce that its eLearning programme for beekeepers is now live and ready for use. The first module ‘Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Viruses’ covers six main topics; Exotic Threats, Foulbrood, Varroa, Adult Bee Diseases and Viruses, Other Brood Disorders and Other Pests. To access this free and exciting platform, you […]

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NBU Warning August 2015

The following warning was issued by the National Bee Unit on 13 August 2015: In many areas of the UK nectar flows have ceased and reports are coming in from Regional and Seasonal Bee Inspectors of starving bee colonies, where the beekeeper is not aware that the bees are severely short of food, or the […]

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Bee Craft Cover Photo Competition 2015

 Photos must be high resolution (300 dpi). For the cover design, they must be able to be cropped to a size of 216 x 225 mm. You are more likely to meet these criteria if your photo is taken vertically (taller than wide). As a guideline, the final file should be at least 5 megapixels. […]

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An evening with Kim Flottum

An Evening with Kim Fottum Monday 20th July 2015

JULY 20 – WEST CORNWALL BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION invite you to An evening with Kim Flottum, renowned Honeybee Expert and Author talking about Honey Bee Nutrition. 7pm HELSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE CORNWALL TR13 8NR. Free Entry – All welcome. Refreshments and raffle. Over from the USA for a short visit, Kim Flottum is in Cornwall in July […]

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Bee Craft email Honey Show Times May – 2015

Welcome to the Bee Craft email Honey Show Times – the newsletter is intended as a bi-monthly production for those interested in the honey show environment, whether as an exhibitor or as a show official or for general interest. We intend to list honey shows through the year, whether it be a major agricultural show […]

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Free Prize Draw

Get Started in Beekeeping Enter today to win a copy of the new edition of Get Started in Beekeeping by Adrian and Claire Waring and a £50 voucher from E H Thorne. There are two more books for the runners up! Send your name and address to: editor@bee-craft.com or by post to: The Editor, Bee […]

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Apimondia 2015 – Daejeon, Korea

Bee, Connecting the World This is the theme of the 44th Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress to be held in Daejeon, South Korea, 15–20 September. Papers will be presented for each of the Apimondia Commissions which cover Bee Biology, Beekeeping Economy, Bee Health, Pollination and Bee Flora, Beekeeping Technology and Quality, Apitherapy and Beekeeping for Rural […]

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BeeCraft email Honey Show Times March – 2015

Welcome to the Bee Craft email Honey Show Times – the newsletter is intended as a bi-monthly production for those interested in the honey show environment, whether as an exhibitor or as a show official or for general interest. We intend to list honey shows through the year, whether it be a major agricultural show […]

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Bee Friendly?

The term ‘bee friendly’ is used to describe plants that bees like to visit. If these plants have been treated with insecticides they are still just as attractive to bees while posing a real threat to their health. It seems the label ‘bee friendly’ applied to plants for sale in garden centres does not guarantee […]

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Honey Bee on sprout flower

The Great British Bee Count

1-31 May 2015. The Great British Bee Count is helping to build a nationwide picture of bees’ health.

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The equipment needed for nailing up a frame

Frames and Foundation

Coming up in the March 2015 issue of Bee Craft…. Part 2 of Jenny and Wally Shaw’s series on frames and foundation. Part 1 (in the February issue) covered choice of frames and foundation; part 2 is all about making up frames; part 3 will be about getting combs drawn out. Look out for Part […]

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Microscope with built-in digital camera and pollen kit

Monocular compound microscope (model: SP20D) with x40, x100 x400 and x1,000 magnification.  Mechanical stage, dimmable LED illumination, built in 1.3m digital camera with software to connect to a computer. Due to restrictions on the shipment of chemicals, Microbox is only available to UK customers.  

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Bee World International Editor

The International Bee Research Association has a vacancy for Editor of its journal Bee World.

This appointment is flexible (home based).

Bee World, established in 1919, is an award winning quarterly international journal that provides the link between science and beekeeping.

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Small hive beetle confirmed in Italy

News from Bee Base (the National Bee Unit website): September 2014 – Small hive beetle confirmed in Italy On September 11 2014, the Italian National Reference Centre for beekeeping confirmed the first detection of the presence of Small hive beetle (SHB) in South West Italy, in the port city of Gioia Tauro. The samples were taken from a […]

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A Royal Visit

Tuesday 8 July – the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show. On a morning of blue skies and sunshine, the new, spacious Hives and Honey Pavilion, located in the Apiculture Centre area of the showground, was officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex. She was accompanied by the Honorary Show Director, […]

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In the next issue

Honey Bees and Viruses by David Evans, Professor of Virology at the University of Warwick Registration of Food Premises and how this applies to beekeepers Reports of the opening of the new Hives and Honey Pavilion at the Yorkshire Agriculture Showground by HRH Sophie, the Countess of Wessex Reports of Hampton Court Flower Show and […]

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Seen a bee?

This  summer Friends of the Earth are conducting the first ever Great British Bee Count.  Here’s a message we received at Bee Craft from Sarah and the Bee Cause Team: “If you see a bee in your garden, while you’re out in the countryside or even buzzing down the road, we’d love you to tell us about it. […]

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Bees for Development

Read the article here: Bees for Development

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Bee Craft April 2014

April 2014 Beeswax Regulations Urban Bees for Urban Kids Microscopy: Adult Bee Diseases Bee Nutrition Model Eyes View previous editions

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FERA Vacancies – Seasonal Bee Inspectors

FERA are advertising 6 Seasonal Bee Inspector posts. The closing date for applications is 24th March. See pdf recruitment advertisement….

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Bumblebee Researcher

The USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit (PIRU) in Logan, Utah is hiring a Research Associate to investigate the role of pathogens in bumble bee rearing and management to begin in summer 2014. Visit the USDA webpage for more details 

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Photo Competition 2014

Will YOUR photo feature on the cover of Bee Craft in 2015? Bee Craft is looking for 12 outstanding photos to feature on the covers throughout 2015. They can be of any subject related to bees and/or beekeeping. Think of suitable subjects for the different months. We need photos from the winter, spring, summer and autumn. We need […]

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This Month’s Edition of Bee Craft

March 2014 Pesticides and Bee Health Comb Honey SymBeeotic White House Bees Bee Nutrition Model The Rota Hive View previous editions

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Sex determiner gene of honey bee more complicated that previously assumed

 Cologne biologist recognizes huge significance of finding for bee keeping Bee colonies consist of a queen bee, lots of female worker bees and some male drones. The gene that determines the sex of the bees is much more complex than has been assumed up until now and has developed over the course of evolution at […]

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Bee Improvement for All

  Here are details of a couple of all day events intended to help and encourage all beekeepers to improve their bees using simple methods. Run by BIBBA (Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association) in conjuction with local beekeepers’ associations, and well worth going along to if you are at all serious about breeding your […]

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Up-coming events of interest….

 Thursday to Saturday, 24th – 26th October National Honey Show, Weybridge , Surrey.  Friday 8th November, Professor Dave Goulson: Are neonicotinoid pesticides to blame for bee declines? London. Sunday 10th November, THE NATIVE IRISH HONEY BEE SOCIETY CONFERENCE, Co. Westmeath, Rep of Ireland. OCTOBER 24-26 – 2013 NATIONAL HONEY SHOW St Georges College, Weybridge. Lectures, workshops, […]

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Virgin Queen

The season is a little delayed in the UK this year but the bees are now swarming at last. Whether by accident or design, beekeepers will be finding new virgin queens in some of their hives. Before mating the queen is a little shorter than she will be after successful mating. She’s also more likely […]

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This Month’s Edition of Bee Craft

November 2013 Honey Soap NBU Information Swiss Beekeeping Belfast Honey Show Gormanston

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Gold and Bronze for Bee Craft at Apimondia 2013!

Fantastic news from Apimondia 2013, Conference of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, which this year took place in the Ukraine. Their prestigious awards are sought by organisations throughout the world and this year we have achieved: Gold for our magazine – hard copy, online and mobile editions! And Bronze – for our website A brilliant achievement. […]

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HEBRIDEAN ISLANDS TO BECOME HONEY BEE SANCTUARY.

The Scottish Government have passed a new law that will make it illegal to import any bee other than Apis mellifera mellifera (the native black bee) onto the two islands of Colonsay and Oronsay. The new law will come into force from January 2014 and will make the islands a sanctuary for the native bee, […]

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Environmental Charity Worker to Buzz Around Cardiff Half Marathon in a Bee Suit

Bees for Development Project Officer Martin Jones will be joining thousands of other runners this autumn to take to the streets for the 2013 Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 6 October. Martin was a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer after being nominated by his fiancée for his charity work – which included running his first half […]

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Australia’s Anderson Quits CSIRO Due To Lack Of Varroa Research Funding

Australia’s world-renowned bee researcher has quit the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization saying it refuses to fund his work at a time when he is on the verge of finding how to stop Varroa destructor’s global rampage Denis Anderson identified and named Varroa destructor and was awarded the 2007 CSIRO medal for his work […]

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This Month’s Edition of Bee Craft

September 2013 Manuka Honey Marketing Making Anatomy Slides Calendar Competition results View previous editions

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MORE THAN HONEY

SEPTEMBER 15 – MORE THAN HONEY A film about the importance of bees to our survival In ‘More than Honey’, Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof takes an in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia, from small family beekeepers to industrialized honey farms. The film is about the relationship between mankind and honeybees, […]

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Manuka Honey Fraud

When is manuka honey not manuka honey? More often than you might think, it seems.  Research by the Unique Manuka Honey Association in New Zealand has shown that 1,700 tonnes of manuka honey is produced each year but 1,800 tonnes of “manuka” honey is sold in Britain each year and as much as 10,000 tonnes is […]

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This Month’s Edition of Bee Craft

September 2013 Marketing Honey and Hive Products Borage Medicating Colonies Making Pollen Slides Celebration at Thornes Shows

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Bees in the City

With the decline of  honey bees very much in the news at present and the resulting increase in urban beekeeping, concerns are being raised about the risks of having too many bees with not enough food for them. On 12th August the BBKA published a statement on Bees in the City. Statement re Bees in the City. […]

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What’s Killing Our Bees?

A Horizon Special BBC2 Friday 2 August 9pm Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. It is a question that Bill is […]

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New Book – Healthy Bees are Happy Bees

Healthy Bees are Happy Bees is a comprehensive guide to bee health and sickness. The book details beekeeping problems, pests, parasites and diseases in depth and offers practical guidance rooted in beekeeping experience about preventing, controlling or curing threats to bee colonies to encourage more sustainable beekeeping practice. Read More

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Vita launches smartphone app about keeping healthy bees

The first-ever smartphone app about keeping healthy honeybees has been launched by Vita (Europe) Ltd, the world’s largest dedicated bee health company. The app is free and gives beekeepers easy mobile access to information and photographs about honeybee disease identification and treatment. The app, suitable for nearly all smartphones and tablet devices, can be downloaded […]

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Get Snapping!

  Send us your best photo related to bees and beekeeping for your chance to win one of 13 fantastic prizes. Don’t miss your chance to win a complete National hive with gabled roof, (1st prize for UK entries), or a year’s subscription to Bee Craft plus the two books from Celia Davis: The Honey […]

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New Book in the Bee Craft Shop

A Sting in the Tale Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees. Buy here in the Bee Craft Shop

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10 rules for foulbrood control

The Fera advisory leaflet on foulbrood was recently updated and is available from Bee Base: www.nationalbeeunit.com The following text is taken fully from the leaflet, but you can download the full pdf easily or contact your local bee inspector for a copy. The leaflet includes pictures of healthy brood and infected brood to help you […]

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Fraudster Targets Beekeeper

A beekeeper selling 2 Langstroth bee hives has been targeted by a fraudster calling himself Raul Job. The scam involved paying more than the cost of the hives by cheque. When it appeared on-line that the cheque had cleared the seller sent a refund of the excess amount. The original cheque was then refused. The […]

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JUNE 15 –AN AFTERNOON WITH A BUZZ!

Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove, Ealing London W5. 2pm to 4pm. Two fascinating things to do before teatime. First, hear all about Bees for Development.  A UK registered charity which helps Beekeepers, especially the poor and marginalised, to keep bees in order to provide sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families, whilst conserving biodiversity. As well […]

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EU vote on neonicotinoids

Here is some response from UK scientists to the EU vote:-  http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/xpert-reaction-to-eu-vote-on-neonicotinoids/

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This Month’s Edition of Bee Craft

May 2013 Spring Planting for Pollinators MAQS Beehive Strips Bombus hypnorum Neonicotinoids DIY Heater Box Comfrey

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Brymore School Campaign to Keep Farming In Schools

Brymore School are running a campaign about Land Based studies (such as Environmental Land Based Studies, Agriculture and Horticulture) in the school league tables. The government is looking to exclude them in the 2015 tables but are, however, keeping Hair and Beauty which, when you consider that Land Based Studies are vital to keeping the […]

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New Booklet – So You Want to Start Beekeeping?

We are please to announce the arrival of the new booklet  ‘So You Want to Start Beekeeping?’ Available here in the Bee Craft Shop -£3.50

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Seasonal Bee Inspector Vacancies with Fera

Home based roles in the Wales (North Powys & East Gwynedd), North Eastern (North / East Yorkshire), Southern (Northamptonshire), South Eastern (Surrey), Eastern (East Norfolk/East Suffolk), Western (Gloucestershire) and South West (Devon / Somerset) Regions. Closing Date: 29 April 2013   View the recruitment advertisement here.   For further information and an application pack visit […]

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Some timely advice

The recent weather has left colonies very weak. Strongest colonies are on 5/6 frames, weakest on 2/3. At last the drying cold winds from the east have died down, to be replaced by damp weather from the west, and temperatures have risen a little. The next 2/3 weeks are critical to many colonies’ survival, and […]

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BBKA Response to EAC Report on Pesticides

The BBKA have published a response to the EAC report on pesticides. View the BBKA response here. You can view the report here.  

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EU DELAYS ACTION ON PESTICIDES BAN

EU nations are unable to reach agreement on European Commission proposals to ban the use of three pesticides that have been linked to the decline of bees. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21793365  

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UNDERSTANDING BEES AND HONEY

18th & 19th March 10am – 4pm FSC Margam Discovery Centre.   An introduction to the fascinating world of Bees and Honey. Guest Talk (mid-morning session) Cardiff Metropolitan University. Guest Talk (mid-afternoon session) Cardiff University School of Pharmacy. Bee displays and information from local beekeepers. Bee books and merchandise. An opportunity to explore the wonderful […]

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BBKA Statement on Pesticides

On 4th March the BBKA issued a statement on its position on pesticides, in a letter sent out to member associations. To view the letter, click here. You may also be interested in the article in Bee Craft, May 2013, page 18: Poisoning Part 1 by Pam Gregory NDB, MSc.

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MAQS Beehive Strip

A new, all natural Varroa treatment will be available in the UK from early April. February 27th 2013, MAQS® Beehive Strip has received registration in the United Kingdom for beekeeper’s use.  It has received approval by VMD (Veterinary Medical Department). The beekeepers of the United Kingdom now have a new tool to combat the most […]

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Abstract submission deadline: 31st of March, 2013

We have just heard that the Abstract submission deadline for the Scientific Program of the XXXXIII International Apimondia Congress has been extended. Read on for details:   Dear Colleagues,   I’m glad to inform you that this year Scientific Program of the XXXXIII International Apimondia Congress has attracted interest beyond any imagination. The number of abstracts […]

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Butterflies and Bees in the Indian Himalayas – Volunteer with Earthwatch

India’s Kullu Valley in the Himalayas, is famous for its apple orchards and farms. As climate change affects the region, however, flowering plants once plentiful in the region are becoming scarce due to biodiversity loss. The number of pollinators such as bees and butterflies is declining. The result: crops are suffering and farmers must hire […]

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Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Conference

Saturday 23rd March 2013. Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells LD2 3SY. Advance tickets available at reduced price before 4th March.  

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Four New Courses added to our ‘new look’ Course Database

Bees for Beginners Bees for Beginners Weekend Bees for Beginners Bees for Beginners

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Video Clip – Beekeeping around 1930

  This month’s video clip was sent in by Pete Watt (thank you Pete). It is to be found at http://tinyurl.com/a5djpgb It gives a fascinating glimpse of beekeeping in around 1930. It is interesting that the demonstrator wears no protection other than a work coat. Also shown are various different hives and how to install a […]

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FM Business 14 January 2013 Crisis threatens honey bees.

A crisis is threatening the world’s honey bees, throwing up yet another hurdle in the quest for global food security. The British Beekeepers’ Association, the UK’s leading organisation representing beekeepers, says “one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat is dependent on pollination” by bees. The warning came as the association reported a 72% […]

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Competition time

Competition time 5 tickets to be won to attend the Edible Garden Show…….PLEASE E-MAIL OUR EDITOR; CLAIRE ON editor@bee-craft.com before the 4th Feb. Which celebrity gardener shares his tips on The Edible Garden Show website? Joe Swift, James Wong or Alan Titchsmarsh (hint….the website is www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk)

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Video Clip: The trickle method of applying oxalic acid against varroa

Each month in 2013 Margaret Cowley, Bee Craft deputy editor, will be writing a series aimed at new beekeepers. As part of this she hopes to guide you to video clips which are relevant to UK readers and are up-to-date. The first one is ‘The trickle method of applying oxalic acid against varroa’.   Have you […]

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Honey from Portobello bees may be used in treatment of MRSA superbug

HONEY produced by thousands of Portobello bees may be used in the fight against killer superbugs like MRSA. Research from Queen Margaret University has shown that honey from the seaside is effective at killing common strains of bacteria which cause wound infections. The pilot research study – which got under way at the end of […]

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Water content of honey

Q – What should the water content of honey be? I have just started beekeeping in Indonesia where the honey typically has a water content of 17- 24%. Sometimes when we have bottled it, it will explode. I have read that I should pasteurize my honey but I am worried that will make it unhealthy. […]

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Allergies to bee and wasp stings

Q – If someone is allergic to wasp stings, will they also have an allergy to bee stings? I have read conflicting reports about the similarity/difference between the venom in the two types of stings.   A – We all react differently to stings. Anyone with an allergy should always seek professional advice before taking up […]

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Cleaning wax using a microwave oven

Beekeeping Photodiary Cleaning wax using a microwave oven Using the microwave makes cleaning wax quick and easy..

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More about Colony Collapse Disorder

US insect researchers debate CCD. At a recent meeting of The Entomological Society of America in Southern California, nearly 3000 scientists met to discuss all manner of insect research. Of particular interest to beekeepers was the half-day emergency symposium held on Colony Collapse Disorder. There were nearly a dozen speakers on the subject. Will it […]

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Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony collapse disorder or CCD was one of the biggest news items in 2007. By Feb 2007 an alarming number of honeybee colonies deaths were being reported across the United States. Many large commercial beekeeping businesses were recording colony losses between 50 and 90% with many surviving colonies too weak to be used for either […]

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Putting a WBC beehive together

Beekeeping Photodiary Beekeeping classes – ‘A new generation’ Putting a WBC beehive together ….. Aren’t they clever! Lampeter and District Beekeepers Association in the wild west of Wales welcomes a new generation of eager young beekeepers to beekeeping classes.

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The secret life of the honeybee

The secret life of the honeybee A honeybee colony is a superorganism of social insects working together for the benefit of all. Honey bees show just how efficient working together can be. Three sorts of bee are found in a colony: the queen, the workers and the drones. The queen is the mother of the […]

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