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This month’s download is from 1920 and is called “The Natural History of the Bee”, written by John Anderson. As well as some lovely hand-drawn details of bee anatomy, there is another book tagged on from page 36 called “How to Handle Bees”, from the same author. You can download…

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

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 my driving licence back and lots of mobility issues in between). The rivers around me flooded while I was in hospital and many of my bees and colonies were literally swept away.
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Queens – an example of collaboration between beekeepers, by Roger Patterson

For myself and my local association, Wisborough Green BKA (WGBKA) in West Sussex, where I am Apiary Manager, I usually produce at least 100 queens per year. This is mainly to replace poorer queens in honey producing colonies, provide queens to head nucs for new beekeepers and for members who need queens for a variety of reasons. We try to encourage members to rear their own queens, but sometimes their bees need requeening with better stock. As many beekeepers only have a couple of colonies, they may not have bees that are good to propagate from. A BKA teaching apiary can be a genetic resource to distribute good local stock from.
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Conserving black bees

Reserve signage, Oban ferry terminal CONSERVING BLACK BEES (Apis mellifera mellifera) in the Hebrides, Scotland by ANDREW ABRAHAMS, via the American Bee Journal Readers might ask, why on earth spend much of a lifetime con­serving what most beekeepers perceive as an aggressive, unproduc­tive race of honey bee — a race…

Webinar – Season Three

22nd Sept       “The National Bee Improvement Programme – Outline”  Jo Widdicombe 940 5857 4625

29th Sept        “More details of the National Bee Improvement Programme and Participation”     Jo Widdicombe

6thOct            “Global pandemics, bee imports and native bees”    Norman Carreck

13th Oct          “My 50 years experiences of imported bees affecting local stock”        Peter Jenkins

20th Oct          “Resilient Honeybees”    Grace McCormack

27th Oct          “Where we are, how we got here and how we can move on…….”    Roger Patterson

3rd Nov           “Some Fresh Ideas for Teaching and Learning”    Roger Patterson

10th Nov         “Bees and queens for everyone”   Roger Patterson

17th Nov         “Answering Your Questions”        All Speakers