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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 11th October 2017

Put mouse guards over the hive entrances before the mice discover this lovely warm larder in which to overwinter. They can flatten themselves to get into a low entrance but can’t get in through the round holes in the mouseguards. If they gain entrance you will lose your colony, your wax, and have a disinfectant […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 4th October 2017

Following the recent sightings at each end of Devon over the past two weeks, and destruction of a nest near Woolacombe, keep a look out in and around your Apiary for Asian Hornets and their nests. Information on identification and how to report any suspected sightings can be found on the National Bee Unit site Check any […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 27th September 2017

As the leaves all around change colour, many minds turn towards cutting out the dead growth from the summer and clearing out those plants that took over during the warm wet summer. Please leave your ivy and balsam for a few weeks more though so that the bees can make the most of the late harvest […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 20th September 2017

The next time you inspect your colonies, make a list of all the equipment that you think needs replacing. It’s much better to make a list now, and be ready for the winter sales and trade shows, than to need to go around in the rain when the sale emails arrive.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 13th September 2017

Now the children are back at school, make use of a sunny day to make a full inspection of your hives safe in the knowledge that you can take your time. Don’t forget to fill in your hive records too. Did you know? Bee Craft sell Record cards to help beekeepers keep those vital records of their […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 6th September 2017

If you have taken off honey supers for extraction, don’t forget to ensure that your colonies have enough food.If they don’t, start feeding sooner rather than later. It’s much easier for t The Bee Craft Photo Competition 2017 Budding photographer? Dont forget there is still time to enter our competition. All entries must be received by 16th […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 30th August 2017

SHOWING HONEY Many beekeeping associations will run their own local honey shows and many have a novices’ section for those who have never shown before. Other members of your Association may well be able to give advice on how to prepare honey for show. There is also advice on the internet from a number of […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 23rd August 2017

Do you have Himalayan Balsam in your area? You may notice your bees coming back to the hive covered in streaks of white pollen. Along with Ivy this is a good late nectar source.

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 16th August 2017

How do you spot robbing behaviour? When doing your routine inspection, spend a few minutes looking at the hive entrance, at this time of year it should be very busy. If you notice bees that are flying side to side or in a zig-zag pattern, then this could be an indication of robbing behaviour. A […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 9th August 2017

In case you haven’t yet decided on your choice of varroa treatment, finish your research and get yourself prepared for when the last capped frames are removed.

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