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The Asian Hornet: Part 1


From Bee Craft September 2011 Introduction – Biology THE ASIAN hornet, Vespa velutina, is an aggressive predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects. Physically, it is superficially similar to the native European hornet, V crabro, but despite its fearsome reputation V velutina is slightly smaller (2.5–3 cm long). It has a dark ‘velvety’ thorax, […]

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Introducing the Tree Bumble Bee


The ‘Tree Bumblebee’, Bombus hypnorum, is a recent addition to the UK fauna. Despite this, it will already be familiar to many beekeepers in England and Wales, since it can be the cause of phone calls -‘Help, there’s a bee swarm in my bird-box!’ Read the full article here: INTRODUCING THE TREE BUMBLEBEE

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The Buzz at Weybridge The Greatest (Honey) Show on Earth


From Bee Craft January 2011 THE 79™ NATIONAL HONEY Show took place over 28-30 October 2010 and promised so much. The relatively successful honey producing season and the unimaginable upsurge in interest in beekeeping required The Show’ to deliver in so many ways. I can confidently report that on almost every count the show definitely […]

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Video – Bee Craft Hangout – The Swarming Season is Upon Us

This is the 2nd Bee Craft Hangout and here, as we approach, or indeed are in the swarming part of the year we will be discussing various swarming techniques and answering your questions. Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 8pm

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Video – Bee Craft Hangout – The Start of the Beekeeping Season

What with the warm weather, the 2014 Beekeeping season has started to get underway. Join us as we discuss what to look out for and what to expect.  Should be a fun time to sit and discuss our thoughts and wishes for the season as well as learn lots of new little titbits of information […]

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European Foul Brood: Part 3


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


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


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


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


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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