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 their effect on the crop are also discussed in this article. This follows on from our article in the July issue on how to harvest oilseed rape honey.

Bee Sex

The Master Beekeeper, John Everett discusses the genetics of all the honey bee inhabitants of your colony on page 13.


For those considering taking up the art of beekeeping, take a look at the article by Peter Russell who shares his own experiences on how he began keeping bees and the things that need to be considered in the first year, possibly before actually buying a colony.

In the article for beginners this month, Malcolm impresses the importance of knowing where your queen is and how to combine two colonies if one is not managing to use the summer forage as you would expect.

Top Bar Hives and Beekeeping Associations

Esther Pepper returns to show how Beekeeping Associations are open and welcoming to beekeepers with hives of all types, not just the National and WBC. She also shares her experiences at the beginning of her relationship with top bar hives.

Queen Rearing

Our Queen rearing series concludes with David Rudland discussing the Demaree method of rearing queens. Which can be useful, as you do not require any equipment other than a few supers, queen excluders and some frames of wax, preferably drawn comb. Why not have a go if you have a super strong colony whose temperament is something you would like to see in your next colony.

Hive Monitoring

Wouldn’t it be good to know what is going on inside a hive? George Clouston the commercial director of Arnia Ltd., tells us all about how his company’s equipment is being used in nearly 30 countries to remotely monitor the weight, brood temperature, humidity, colony acoustics and the weather. The monitors are being used by beekeepers of all types and the data can show surprising things, find out what can be determined by the data on pages 24 and 25.

Scottish Beekeepers

John Hoskins talks to Monika Masarova who keeps bees on her smallholding thirty miles north of Glasgow and how her Slovakian grandfather’s skills have helped her with the Scottish bees.


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