There are a lot of beekeeping videos online. Some are excellent, with factual and sound information featuring good, knowledgeable and experienced beekeepers. Unfortunately there are many of dubious accuracy, giving poor advice that may be inappropriate for our conditions. As there is no vetting procedure to display educational material online, what is the inexperienced beekeeper to believe?
BIBBA strongly believes that beekeeping information should be high quality, so we have made it easy by asking an experienced practical beekeeper to recommend a selection of videos. We have listed them below by topic. Those that are not of U.K. origin are still appropriate for our conditions, those in the “Advanced” category may need the viewer to take into account regional variations and make adjustments based on their own knowledge and experience.
Randy Oliver presents “Reading the Combs: Understanding Bee Biology Over the Course of a Season
Beekeeping knowledge is something we should all be familiar with. Knowledge is universal, the more you learn the more you realise how little you know.Peter Jenkins
UoG Honey Bee Research Centre – “Protective Clothing“
This one is only five minutes from the University of Guelph in Canada. It’s about protective clothing and suitable dressing. Our present fashion of putting beginners into suits of armour prevents them from learning how to listen to what the bees are saying. Dress appropriately.
Pests and Diseases
Dr Samuel Ramsey – Varroa feed on Fat Body
This is a brilliant presentation which breaks new ground on how Varroa feed from the host bee whilst phoretic.. It blows apart a few assumptions we have been told over the years, such as Varroa feed on bee blood.
I learnt so much about from it which makes sense of some what I have found in practice. Watch and learn.
Randy Oliver- “Tips for Working Bees”
A must watch for the “suited and booted” blue gloves brigade. An hour twenty minutes but contains much.
Queen rearing and bee improvement
UoG Honey Bee Research Centre – “The Cell Builder”
Here is another from the University of Guelph on their version of using the Cloake Board. They start by uniting two strong colonies as it is crucial to have plenty of young bees with ample resources to feed the grafts. My own method that is successful in marginal West Wales is to harvest a comb or two of brood and nurse bees from several strong colonies during hive inspections, bring them home and unite them with a strong colony here. I don’t use pollen patties or get the bees to prepare the cells for 24 hours. Pollen is not an issue here and I find that polishing the plastic cups makes no difference. I think this method as described in the video could suit a group as they could pool labour and resources.
Mike Palmer – “The Sustainable Apiary”
The sustainable apiary talks at length about the folly of importing bees from warmer climates to the frozen north. “Bees from faraway places never do as well as local bees, the best bees for you are in your yard or in your neighbour’s yard, raise queens from them”. If it works for him why do we need imports? Is it because those importing aren’t capable of raising their own queens? Watching this is an hour well spent.