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East Midlands 1998

[…]to prevent them entering the cell and getting trapped. Conclusion One important ingredient to the success of the East Midlands Group, is the enthusiasm of its members. The co-operation is first class, and the discipline they show in sticking to the arrangements for carrying out the work is excellent, for in queen rearing one cannot put off a job even […]

Bee Improvement Days 2021

[…]to attend this course. Not only do we work at the hives, but bees can be brought into other areas on combs and clothing. There is always a chance of being stung. Circumstances vary, where some locations may not be in an area that enjoys a speedy ambulance service. It is also unlikely there will be tutors or attendees who […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]20 cells that we set up we only had 4 cells sealed. We weren’t sure if it was something we had done wrong or if there was another reason – we’re hoping Jo Widdecomb can give us some guidance on this. Needless to say, the children were really pleased with the 4 queen cells that were eventually sealed and felt […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]treating with chemicals letting the bees draw out their own comb rather than using foundation only taking off honey in the spring if there is a genuine surplus avoiding artificial feeding unless really necessary using well insulated hives with eco-floors only acquiring bees from reliable, local sources encouraging the creation of pollinator patches. We were fortunate to find a 2.7 […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]Approval was given for it to start and for BIBBA to provide funding. These are Eric’s reflections on the first year of the Project: Eric Marshall writes: Little did I think when I dropped an e-mail to Brian Holdcroft what the consequence would be. I was simply interested in finding one or two local beekeepers who were interested in raising […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]drone foundation is available, it is rarely used by most. Since the advent of wired foundation, only the exceptional practitioner wires his or her own frames and therefore has the option of using just a strip of foundation at the top of the frame, embedded in the top wire (see photo below) - a method that frees the bees to […]

BIBBA Open Day. Wakefield.

[…]added risk of bringing in disease. What will I learn? There will be presentations and demonstrations on a number of topics including:- Colony handling techniques How to assess colonies for behaviour Setting simple criteria for what you want in your bees Raising queens by simple methods (the bees often do it for you!) Making up and maintaining nuclei Introducing queens […]