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European Foul Brood: Part 3

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FIRSTLY, IT is important to remember that European foul brood (EFB) is a notifiable disease under the 2006 Bee Diseases and Pests Control Order. Anyone suspecting it in one of their colonies is legally required to contact Fera (the Food and Environment Research Agency) to have the colony properly inspected. Read the full article in […]

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Swarm Prevention & Swarm Control

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TO SOME people, swarm control and swarm prevention are interchangeable in meaning. I think there is a difference in that one comes into play when the other fails. I think swarm prevention is what you do to stop bees from making swarming preparations and swarm control is what you do when you think the swarming […]

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The International Beekeeping Conference of INIB

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IT IS ALWAYS a pleasure attending these conferences, meeting and greeting friends and brethren in the craft. Perhaps I should include here sisters as well, for I am sure the reader will have noticed a marked increase in the number of ladies taking up the craft. Read the full article here: The International Beekeeping Conference of […]

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Keeping Bees in Polystyrene Hives

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THE FIRST expanded polystyrene beehives were developed in mainland Europe around 30 years ago. Since then their use has spread and they now represent a significant proportion of the hives sold on the Continent Their use and popularity in the United Kingdom (UK) has been limited, mainly due the fact that until very recently they […]

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The Changing Face of the BBKA

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WHEN I was elected as a Trustee of the BBKA some six years ago, membership was around 8000 and total revenue was around £150,000. How times have changed; we now have over 20,000 members and our income in 2009-2010 was over £600,000! Read the full article below The Changing Face of the BBKA

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Supplement: Raising Nuclei

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The procedures set out below are straightforward, not new, will be known to experienced beekeepers and will not require specialist equipment or involve critical timing. Read the full article below March Supplement raising nuclei 

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Jobs for January – 2011

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I FEEL honoured to be asked to write this year’s articles aimed at beginners and novices. I hope that as we progress you will find information which will be useful Whether you already have bees or are hoping to acquire your first colony soon, this series is written with you in mind. Read the full […]

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Making Candy and Using It

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When the hive feels light and the cluster of bees is at the top bars you can feed candy.

Article by Margaret Cowley first published in the January 2009 edition of Bee Craft.

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The Midland and South Western Counties Convention of Beekeepers

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From Bee Craft: December 2010 DELEGATES AND visitors to our MSWCC Conference arrived on Friday afternoon in a deluge of rain. It had made travelling from distant parts of the country rather difficult, but we soon settled in and, after tea, coffee and biscuits and a welcome and introduction given by Mr John Gale, Chairman […]

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Essays in Beekeeping History: James and Emma Pagden: Part 3

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From Bee Craft December 2010 IT WAS in his retirement that James commenced writing his booklet, having returned to beekeeping in 1864 after an unspecified gap. Before that he had had 30 years’ experience of keeping bees. By 1868, when his booklet was published, James had about 100 stocks. Read the full article below Essays […]

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