Tips for the Month:

  • Do not disturb your bees at all by opening the hive, if you need to feed you can do so over the feed hole, or if the colony is weak lift the crown board and place the fondant directly on the top of the frames above where the bees are clustered. If you check your varroa board first you can see from the debris on the floor where the bees are.

  • It is best if you plan to use oxalic acid to treat your bees for varroa when there has been a period of cold weather - at least a week.

  • Heft your hives every 3 to 4 weeks and feed fondant through the feed hole of the crown board if they seem light.

  • Continue to clean and repair any equipment. Apparently using a steam cleaner to clean poly hives works well - I plan to try this and will let you know if it works!

  • Should we have snow, clear the entrances.

  • Think about doing some study about bees…!!!


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  • Swarms of honeybees
    29 May 2019
    The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:

    First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page.
  • E-Learning Module - Technical Issues
    27 May 2019
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    This has been reported to IT and is under investigation.

    Please accept our apologies for this, in the meantime, the courses can be still be accessed using Chrome or FireFox.
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    23 May 2019
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