Category Archives: Bee Craft Timely Reminders

Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 17th January 2018

Anyone going to be in South Devon this week?   On 20 January there is a meeting taking place to discuss the current approach and potential improvements to adopt if you suspect a sighting of the Asian Hornet.  The panel will comprise Martyn Hocking of Woolacombe Asian Hornet experience, with representatives of the South England and officials […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 27th December 2017

Time to review the past year’s beekeeping and start to plan for the beekeeping year ahead.   If you’re a new beekeeper, check out our glossary of beekeeping terms on our website More experienced or just want to learn as much as possible?  Identify and study for anything you know you need to improve on and/or read up on […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 20th December 2017

Had a fall of snow with anticipation of a white Christmas?  Check to ensure the entrances are clear. Be prepared with fondant for those hives that you noted as being light last week, not forgetting to take an eke if needed, to ensure they will be as well fed as you over the coming weeks! Merry […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 13th December 2017

Did you enjoy our Bee Craft Live last evening? Missed it? Go here to watch the recording of this and all previous webinars. This week it would be good to get out in the fresh air and just check that all your colonies are upright and secure for the holiday period. Heft your hives and if you are […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 6th December 2017

Things all quiet in the apiary but hotting up at home for the Christmas period. If you intend to treat for varroa with oxalic acid when the weather is really cold and there is little or no brood, make sure you have ordered an approved product, as you could need it over Christmas/New Year/early January. […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 29th November 2017

All is well in your apiary, your equipment is on the way to being ready for next year, but before you sit back and relax, there’s a bit more to do.  Wash your beesuit using washing soda in a 60 degree wash to remove propolis. Wash your veil in a similar solution in your bath […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 22nd November 2017

Before it gets cold and you don’t want to be outdoors for any length of time, now is the time to check your spare hive equipment to see if any of it needs mending. Maybe the open mesh floors need some attention. There’s nothing worse than planning to move a hive, making the necessary preparations […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 15th November 2017

So, over the past few weeks you have checked the condition and location of your colonies and all is good. Well done! This week keep an eye open for pheasants and woodpeckers in case you need to protect your hives from their unwanted attention. Even your polyhives won’t be safe if they are painted brown!

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 8th November 2017

So how’s the weather with you after the recent blows? Windy?  Check again the stability of your hives and ensure they are secure Wet? Make sure your apiary is high enough so this isn’t how you need to get there to check all is well.  Not easy or safe wearing a beesuit! Still fairly warm? […]

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 1st November 2017

We recently reminded you about putting mouse guards on your hives. Before you do, quickly check to make sure there isn’t already one inside!    

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