Monthly Archives: September 2014

SMALL HIVE BEETLE UPDATE

Before starting his talk on the future of local bees in Britain, Norman Carreck of Sussex University gave us an up-date on the outbreak of Small Hive Beetle (SHB) in Italy.  There was a meeting of the Bee Health Advisory … Continue reading

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BACK FROM BIBBA

I’m not long back from the 50th anniversary conference of BIBBA, the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association, held in conjunction with SICAMM, the Societe Internationale per Conservation Apis Mellifera Mellifera (I think!).  There were about 200 of us there … Continue reading

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“ARE YOU A DRUID?”

That has to be the strangest question I’ve been asked by an apprentice!  The inquirer was Mandy, to whom I’d just been introduced by her friend Bryn.  We intend, jointly, to set up an apiary in Frome Vauchurch, a parish … Continue reading

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MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO!

I’m just about to head for Newton Abbot apiary (if I can find it!) to a DARG meeting at which I am to lead a talk on Bee Hearing, upon which I have been boning up and have a bag … Continue reading

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD

Last year at Dorchester Show there was lots of interest from people who might like to take up beekeeping but we had nothing on our programme in the near future to follow up their interest and introduce them to the … Continue reading

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THE SHORT STRAW

Somehow, at a recent DARG (Devon Apicultural Research Group) meeting I was landed with the task of leading a discussion on Bee Hearing on Sunday 21st.  This is a subject on which I know very little and I’m not skilled … Continue reading

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ANOTHER APPRENTICE?

Needing to move my bees from the allotment, I sought the help of a friend, Anne, who used to keep bees but gave up years ago but is now tempted to re-start. I had difficulty last evening in preparing the … Continue reading

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