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Sept 2020 – Karl Colyer intro

Mated and virgin queens through the post Welcome to the September Newsletter. I mentioned last month that I’d been receiving mated and virgin queens through the post as part of the NatBIP piloting process. Each batch survived the postal journey from East Sussex to Cheshire and we picked up useful information about posting queens during hot weather, how to prepare […]

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

Last year, I did several splits including splits of all my favourite breeder colonies in mid-August. It was a slight gamble where I live in Cheshire but the weather was fair and the outlook very similar. Roger mentioned that I was out of action from last September (2 months to get walking, a year to pass a medical to get […]
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Welcome to the October BM Newsletter by Karl Colyer

Welcome to the October Newsletter. I try to help new beekeepers on their beekeeping journey. I have somewhat ‘adopted’ a couple of first year beekeepers who bought Buckfast nucs this year and then contacted me for help. One had two colonies on commercial frames. Both colonies swarmed in June. The new queens have since mated and one of the colonies […]
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Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers, by Roger Patterson

[…]Some queens were allowed to emerge into cages, the darker ones I kept, the lighter ones went to Karl. I realised that Karl would need to prepare recipient colonies or nucs, with those receiving virgin queens needing to be queenless several days longer. I knew little of how Karl operated, apart from a brief description and a few photographs, but […]
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BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]for an article or booklet, or for dimensioned drawings. If you are able to help, please tell Karl. BIBBA Webinars  - You can’t have too much of a good thing! Thank you to everybody that has watched some or most of the webinars to date. I’ve lost count but I think it’s been 20 webinars so far. I was mindful […]

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August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

Terry Hitchman TREATMENT FREE BEEKEEPING The July edition of BBKA NEWS contained three articles addressing the issue of Varroa Treatment- free beekeeping. The following article sets out my beekeeping journey and is based on the knowledge gained on this journey and my conclusions about treatment free beekeeping. Honey bees are recognised as livestock and require good husbandry to thrive, the […]