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Letters to the Editor – April 2011

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A selection of your personal comments and questions on published items and areas of interest Full Article: Letters to the Editor – April 2011  

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Obituaries: Dave Cushman and Evelyn Mence – April 2011

Dave at his workstation, maintaining his website http://www.dave-cushman.net/

MY LIFE has been hectic and full of excesses. I have lived and loved up to the hilt. I have done more than most people could cram into ten lifetimes. I’ve hardly made a mark on history, but I have enjoyed myself and I hope I have enriched the life of others. Should I die […]

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For your Bookshelf – April 2011

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Looking for something to read or watch on beekeeping? You might like to try these Full Article: For your Bookshelf – April 2011

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A Closer Look at Chesterfield and District Beekeepers – April 2011

President Alan Barnes hands over a cheque to Steve Mazurek of Mazurek Optical Services

AT CHESTERFIELD we aren’t really different from all the other associations. We think that we are better, but then so does everyone else. Full Article: A Closer Look at Chesterfield and District – April 2011

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Keeping Bees Sustainably – April 2011

Octagon hive

BEEKEEPING SHOULD be fun and enjoyable. There’s nothing more exciting and interesting than seeing your girls out collecting pollen and nectar. Even cleansing flights have interest! We wait desperately for months in the winter, anxiously looking for the odd bee flying out in the cold days. Then, come February, we tell all our friends, whether […]

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The Fumblings of a Novice Beekeeper: Part 1: The Strip – April 2011

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I’M QUITE a shy person – almost prudish some might say – and I would certainly never consider doing a strip-tease in public. But that’s exactly what I did early one morning just as the sun was rising. Full Article: The Fumblings of a Novice Beekeeper Part 1 The Strip – April 2011

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Varroa – Still a Problem in the Twenty-first Century? Part 2 – April 2011

Varroa mites suck the haemolymph of honey bees

PROFESSOR KEITH Delaplane from the University of Georgia told us that the problems with colony collapse disorder in the United States have led to an emerging realisation that effective varroa control is central to bee health. Full Article: Varroa – Still a Problem in the Twenty-first Century? – Part 2 – April 2011

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Colony Compromise Disorder: Part 2 – April 2011

A crowded apiary in the Pyrenees. Placing beehives in straight lines can lead to drifting and disease spread

IN MY experience the one good thing that has evolved from the arrival of varroa is the open mesh floor. I run my colonies with these on all year round and have done so for 12 years now. I no longer have problems with damp within the hive. Chalk brood appears to be a thing […]

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Bees in the Living Room! Part 1 – April 2011

Figure 1 Wall mounted observation hive with wooden shutters which can be removed to watch the bees within. A feeder can be placed on top although we preferred a jar

MY EARLIEST awareness of honey bees was when I was about 11 years old and saw a fixed observation hive in a park pavilion during a school outing in Glasgow. I can remember being fascinated and much preferring watching the hive to playing rounders and picnicking which was what we were supposed to be doing. […]

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The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme: Part 1 – April 2011

Agricultural chemical spraying can impact a wide range of species

PUBLIC CONCERN about declining honey bee numbers is high and many recent newspaper articles and news items have suggested links between pesticides and honey bee losses. As a beekeeper, perhaps you have wondered how, in the UK, we monitor for and identify any problems with the use of Plant Protection Products (PPPs), including fungicides, herbicides […]

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