For Beginners: January 2018

For Beginners: January 2018

Margaret Murdin, nDB, BBKa chair of trustees For a few months now, our bees will have survived by clustering tightly in a shape that resembles a rugby...

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Your Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 3rd June 2020

Your Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 3rd June 2020

Our June magazine has hit the inboxes and doormats (whichever is appropriate!) and contains an article comparing polystyrene and wooden hives.  Very...

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Your Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 27th May 2020

Your Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 27th May 2020

Have you take any beekeeping related photographs lately?  If so, don’t forget we run a photographic competition in BeeCraft so check...

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Photo of the Month Competition

Photo of the Month Competition

Enter our photo of the month competition!

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Your Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 20th May 2020

Your Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 20th May 2020

It’s been World Bee Day today!  Have you spread the word?  Did you post any photos or videos on social media?  Take a look at...

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Bee Space to Bee Hive

Bee Space to Bee Hive

A sample of the content of our new publication Bee Space to Bee Hive, available early June, the first of two excellent books written as a collaboration between UK Master Beekeeper, Andrew Gibb, and the late Ann Harman, one of the first certified Master Beekeepers of the US Eastern Apicultural Society. 

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Proof of the benefit

Proof of the benefit

I purchased some digital booklets a while ago and got round to making beeswax candles last week, initially forgetting that I had bought Recycling Beeswax.   I...

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TIMELY REMINDER 13th May 2020

TIMELY REMINDER 13th May 2020

We couldn’t wait to tell you of a terrific new book we have just sent off to the printer!   Bee Space to Bee Hive is a collaboration...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 6th May 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 6th May 2020

Did you know that you can place ‘for sale’ and ‘wanted’ classified adverts in our magazine?  Do you have an excess of...

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Mason Bees - The Bee Farmers USA

Mason Bees - The Bee Farmers USA

A really interesting video on Renting out Mason Bees! https://www.remedypictures.com/documentary#/the-bee-farmers/ We really enjoyed this short...

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For Beginners:  January 2020

For Beginners: January 2020

Written by Clare Densley, Beekeeper, Buckfast Abbey, Devon I have been keeping bees since 1992 and now look after the bees at Buckfast Abbey with my...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 22nd April 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 22nd April 2020

Did you notice the deliberate mistake last week?  Wax moth eggs  are not the black dots in the silk trails. These are the droppings of wax moth...

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For Beginners: May 2018

For Beginners: May 2018

For Beginners: May 2018 Margaret Murdin, NDB, BBKA president Now that May has arrived, our colonies should be expanding rapidly and there will be...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 15th April 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 15th April 2020

We hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend. Wax moth - this has to be the topic today.  My colleague in Lincolnshire has managed to inspect her colonies,...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 8th April 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 8th April 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 8th April 2020 The weather has been very variable in temperature ranging from 22° registered at one sheltered apiary,...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 1st April 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 1st April 2020

British Summer Time is here and with it, in my area at least, the fields of oil seed rape (or OSR if you prefer abbreviations!) are in full bloom...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 25th March 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 25th March 2020

Hygiene is a hot topic at the moment and I just want to follow up on my mention of it earlier in the month.  Nothing to do with the current situation...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 18th March 2020

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 18th March 2020

On a positive note during the current situation, as beekeepers who enjoy our hobby in our garden or in a field, we are less restricted than many. ...

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The Bee Craft beekeeping timetable

The Bee Craft beekeeping timetable

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From Seeds to Bees

From Seeds to Bees

National Bee Supplies is one of the UK’s best-known beekeeping suppliers. Customers will have noticed a new look to the business in recent years,...

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Safe Use and Handling of Acetic Acid

Safe Use and Handling of Acetic Acid

Safe Use And Handling of Acetic Acid Acetic acid is a clear colourless liquid used by beekeepers to sterilise wax comb to prevent disease during storage....

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Website wins silver!

Website wins silver!

The Bee Craft website, www.bee-craft.com, was awarded the silver medal at the Apimondia World Beekeeping Awards at Montréal in the class for...

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Autumn Feeding

Autumn Feeding

A guide to autumn feeding   It is important to make sure colonies have sufficient stores to last them through the winter until pollen and nectar...

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Britian's Youngest Ever Beekeeper

Britian's Youngest Ever Beekeeper

Archie Cridland: beekeeper: Britain’s youngest-ever qualified beekeeper   Aged five and standing just 3 feet 8½ inches (113...

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Brood and a Half

Brood and a Half

Brood-and-a-half   I have kept bees for nearly 60 years and for much of that time I have used single British Standard brood chambers. Many say...

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Genetic Diversity of Honey Bees

Genetic Diversity of Honey Bees

Genetic diversity of UK honey bees   The original population of honey bees found in the UK was the subspecies Apis mellifera mellifera (A.m.m.),...

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What Did You Do in the Great Hornet War?

What Did You Do in the Great Hornet War?

What did you do in the great hornet war?   Much has been written about the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina or yellow-legged hornet) and rather...

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An Asian Hornet Trap - Video

An Asian Hornet Trap - Video

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Honey Bee Stings and Anaphylaxis

Honey Bee Stings and Anaphylaxis

Honey bee stings and anaphylaxis   An allergy is a hypersensitivity (overreaction) of the immune system to something that usually causes no...

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For Beginners - March

For Beginners - March

For beginners: March   If you acquired your bees as a nucleus last year, as most beginners do, this will be your first full season and you have...

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The Value of a Frame of Brood

The Value of a Frame of Brood

The value of a frame of brood   When inspecting a colony, we take many things for granted if they do not appear out of the ordinary. However,...

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The Honey Bee Landlord: every tenant's dream

The Honey Bee Landlord: every tenant's dream

The honey bee landlord: every tenant’s dream   Have you ever considered why so many creatures want to get into honey bee colonies?   It’s...

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Bees, Baskets and Brimstone

Bees, Baskets and Brimstone

In last month’s Bee Craft (pp 9–11), we reported on a bee-driving event held by former BBKA president and beekeeping historian, David...

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Gremlins - 2019 Bee Craft Calendar

Gremlins - 2019 Bee Craft Calendar

The gremlins have had a hand in putting together the 2019 Bee Craft calendar. The first day of May 2019 disappeared and September thought it was 2018,...

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For Beginners - December

For Beginners - December

Even though it is now December and the nights are dark and there are few, if any, flowers around, it is still important to continue with our beekeeping. The...

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From the Lab

From the Lab

The Latest in Bee Research Bumblebees with a Neonicotinoid Addiction Experiments designed to determine the effect of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids,...

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Raw Honey

Raw Honey

Honey labels are increasingly carrying the words ‘Raw Honey’, but what does the term mean and what do the relevant authorities think? Definition Raw:...

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Should I Keep Bees

Should I Keep Bees

I keep bees for the pleasure they give me. I admit it; pain is also involved but their beautiful organisation is a wonder. Their industry is astonishing....

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Tealight Candles in Bottle Tops

Tealight Candles in Bottle Tops

Bottle tops can be used make colourful tealights to brighten up the dark winter nights. by Pauline Aslin Each one takes just 10 g of beeswax, so...

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Asian Hornet Awareness

Asian Hornet Awareness

With many press reports, awareness of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in the UK is increasing. However, correct identification is key as the great majority...

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Feeding Bees

Feeding Bees

In bee-Utopia, feeding is not necessary. The colony collects sufficient nectar during the summer months to feed all the bees and a surplus which they convert...

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Bait Hives

Bait Hives

Free Bees? By Margaret Cowley, MSc What is a bait hive? A bait hive is an empty hive which is deliberately set up to attract a swarm. You...

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Learning About the Bees (And the Birds)

Learning About the Bees (And the Birds)

      Some folks say that as you drive down the lane to Englefield Primary School, just west of Reading, you enter a sepia-tinted...

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Varroa Treatments

Varroa Treatments

To try to ensure the survival of their colonies, beekeepers will want to minimise the varroa mite load in colonies as winter preparations begin. One way...

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Swarm Control

Swarm Control

By Adrian Waring, NDB Swarm control is what you do to a colony of honey bees that has actually started swarming preparations – if you want to...

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Honey Shows

Honey Shows

By Adam Leitch, Master Beekeeper, NDB Autumn is a time that many associations host honey shows, with opportunities to compete for various prizes and...

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Bricks or Butter

Bricks or Butter

Quite probably, oil seed rape (OSR) honey is what keeps commercial beekeeping alive in Britain, but it can pose extraction problems for beekeepers...

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Where on Earth is Pimpalner?

Where on Earth is Pimpalner?

In February 2018, Martin and Marianne were invited to Pimpalner by Sujana Kirshnamoorthy to visit an Under the Mango Tree (UTMT) bee project in India....

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The Shook Swarm

The Shook Swarm

The beginning of a new season is the time to assess the health of your colonies as well as the quality of the comb they inhabit. Old brood comb can...

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Neonics Appear In Honey After the Ban

Neonics Appear In Honey After the Ban

Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides have been found in honey one year after the start of the European Union ban on their use on flowering crops. In a beekeeper-citizen...

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Steam Cleaning - Recyling and Reusing Hives

Steam Cleaning - Recyling and Reusing Hives

It is always important to make sure you have enough frames for the coming season. Each year I buy a quantity of new frames, but I also try to recycle used...

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The Skeppist

The Skeppist


 

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