May Issue: Beekeeping in India, Wales and Scotland. Cloake and Snelgrove boards and as it’s the season; swarming and queen rearing

As you have come to expect our May issue of Bee Craft contains a wide range of articles as well as a special offer from Sophie Allport.

We visit India for the final time, meet the English team for the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers, and hear about the advantages of keeping locally bred honey bees at a recent conference in Mid Wales.

There is a code in your copy of Bee Craft this month which entitles you to 10% off everything on the Sophie Allport website, including her wonderful new Bees range.

Take a look inside our magazine for the 10% discount code.

We’ll also be running a competition on our Facebook and Twitter page for a £100 voucher to spend at Sophie Allport too., so don’t forget to give us a like.

Have you ever thought about becoming a bee farmer?

In our May issue, you can read about the trials and tribulations of farming one of my favourite creatures in the Garden of England.

Do you know what a Cloake Board is?

If you are an aspiring beekeeper with just a couple of colonies, then take a look at the second article in our series on small scale queen rearing. The article written by David Rudland from East Surrey Bees explains the swarming process and how understanding it will help us raise better queens. You’ll also find out how to use a Cloake board.

Beekeeping in Scotland

There is also an interview with the beekeeper Ian Hoskin who has 47 years of beekeeping experience and continues to be a driving force in the Kelvin Valley Beekeepers’ Association.

Do you have your spare hive ready?

This month in his beginners’ article, Malcolm discusses how to know when your bees may swarm, and also how to catch and hive a swarm.

Are you the Beekeeper?

Do you have your name on the list for swarm collection? If not contact your local council as it’s a good way to gain another colony. There are some drawbacks though, as our deputy editor Richard Rickett found out when he answered a gardener’s call to visit some bees that had been left untouched for a few years in two hives.

Asian Hornet App

You might be aware that the Asian Hornet (AH) was introduced into France in 2004, probably in a consignment of ceramic pots from China. Since then it has spread to most of Europe, and last September an AH nest was discovered in Gloucestershire. Though it was destroyed it’s highly possible that mated queens had already left the nest and could have hibernated over the past winter. If that has happened then the AH will soon spread throughout the rest of the country.

Unfortunately, our honey bees have no defence against this non-native species, and in less than a day about 30 AH hornets can kill a colony of bees.

It’s vital that sightings of the AH be reported to the appropriate authority, so that their nests can be located and destroyed.The UK Government has launched the Asian Hornet Watch app, available on the following web links: Apple and Android app stores.

Here are some links that you might also find useful for more information on some of the topics covered this month

Swarm Control

The Bumbling Beginner’s First Swarm: page 1, page 2.



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