Gremlins - 2019 Bee Craft Calendar

Gremlins - 2019 Bee Craft Calendar

The gremlins have had a hand in putting together the 2019 Bee Craft calendar. The first day of May 2019 disappeared and September thought it was 2018,...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder 12th December 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder 12th December 2018

Carols are being sung, trees and lights are going up, and Santa’s sleigh will soon be making an appearance around the streets. So the time is...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder 5th December 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder 5th December 2018

As you enjoy your winter walks through the countryside or parks, keep your eyes peeled in the bare tree branches and less dense hedges for Asian hornet...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 28th November 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 28th November 2018

Storm Diana has arrived on schedule in the West Country this morning, so before the very wet and very windy weather gets to you see to anything outside...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 21st November 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 21st November 2018

I hate to remind you, but Christmas is going to be here before we know it.  No doubt you are compiling various lists for gifts to give, gifts to request...

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For Beginners - December

For Beginners - December

Even though it is now December and the nights are dark and there are few, if any, flowers around, it is still important to continue with our beekeeping. The...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder 14th November 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder 14th November 2018

Are you getting around to dealing with your wax?  It is such a valuable commodity and an often forgotten one.    BeeCraft has a nice...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 7th November 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 7th November 2018

After last week’s brief cold weather spell it looks as though everyone has had at least some sunshine again. However, it has sent the warning...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 31st October 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 31st October 2018

The winter weather seems to have arrived quickly and with a vengeance in some parts of the country where there were snow falls over the weekend.  Was...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 24th October 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 24th October 2018

Wednesday this week we will start to set up our stand at the National Honey Show. This will be finished on Thursday morning with the arrival and...

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From the Lab

From the Lab

The Latest in Bee Research Bumblebees with a Neonicotinoid Addiction Experiments designed to determine the effect of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids,...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 17th October 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 17th October 2018

When you went to extract your super frames did any of them look something like this?  It may have had some capped honey in the cells above too. What...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 10th October 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 10th October 2018

With the continuing warm weather maybe your bees are not fully in their winter clusters and are still foraging on ivy or Himalayan balsam. But soon...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 3rd October 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 3rd October 2018

Have you inspected your equipment to see what you need to mend or replace?  The last large show of the year that traders attend is the National...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 26th September 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 26th September 2018

Treating for varroa?  Take Note.   No matter when you treat or with what, you need to read and adhere to the safety information supplied...

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Raw Honey

Raw Honey

Honey labels are increasingly carrying the words ‘Raw Honey’, but what does the term mean and what do the relevant authorities think? Definition Raw:...

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Should I Keep Bees

Should I Keep Bees

I keep bees for the pleasure they give me. I admit it; pain is also involved but their beautiful organisation is a wonder. Their industry is astonishing....

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 19th September 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 19th September 2018

You’ve checked your bees, combined as necessary but, of course, with a larger number of bees in a colony they will need more food. If you are...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 12th September 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 12th September 2018

Now that children and grandchildren are back at school, if the weather is good, why not spend a relaxing few hours sitting watching the activity in...

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Tealight Candles in Bottle Tops

Tealight Candles in Bottle Tops

Bottle tops can be used make colourful tealights to brighten up the dark winter nights. by Pauline Aslin Each one takes just 10 g of beeswax, so...

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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 5th September 2018

Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 5th September 2018

There was a confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet yesterday in Cornwall, near Fowey, which was found in a beekeeper’s trap. So it is even more...

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Asian Hornet Awareness

Asian Hornet Awareness

With many press reports, awareness of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in the UK is increasing. However, correct identification is key as the great majority...

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Feeding Bees

Feeding Bees

In bee-Utopia, feeding is not necessary. The colony collects sufficient nectar during the summer months to feed all the bees and a surplus which they convert...

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Bait Hives

Bait Hives

Free Bees? By Margaret Cowley, MSc What is a bait hive? A bait hive is an empty hive which is deliberately set up to attract a swarm. You...

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Learning About the Bees (And the Birds)

Learning About the Bees (And the Birds)

      Some folks say that as you drive down the lane to Englefield Primary School, just west of Reading, you enter a sepia-tinted...

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Varroa Treatments

Varroa Treatments

To try to ensure the survival of their colonies, beekeepers will want to minimise the varroa mite load in colonies as winter preparations begin. One way...

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Swarm Control

Swarm Control

By Adrian Waring, NDB Swarm control is what you do to a colony of honey bees that has actually started swarming preparations – if you want to...

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Honey Shows

Honey Shows

By Adam Leitch, Master Beekeeper, NDB Autumn is a time that many associations host honey shows, with opportunities to compete for various prizes and...

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Bricks or Butter

Bricks or Butter

Quite probably, oil seed rape (OSR) honey is what keeps commercial beekeeping alive in Britain, but it can pose extraction problems for beekeepers...

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Where on Earth is Pimpalner?

Where on Earth is Pimpalner?

In February 2018, Martin and Marianne were invited to Pimpalner by Sujana Kirshnamoorthy to visit an Under the Mango Tree (UTMT) bee project in India....

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The Shook Swarm

The Shook Swarm

The beginning of a new season is the time to assess the health of your colonies as well as the quality of the comb they inhabit. Old brood comb can...

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Neonics Appear In Honey After the Ban

Neonics Appear In Honey After the Ban

Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides have been found in honey one year after the start of the European Union ban on their use on flowering crops. In a beekeeper-citizen...

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Steam Cleaning - Recyling and Reusing Hives

Steam Cleaning - Recyling and Reusing Hives

It is always important to make sure you have enough frames for the coming season. Each year I buy a quantity of new frames, but I also try to recycle used...

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The Skeppist

The Skeppist

Chris Park has become a familiar figure at UK beekeeping gatherings in recent years, his lectures on historical beekeeping and his skep-making workshops...

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