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An amateur beekeeper based in Northamptonshire, UK.

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Beekeeping Course

The following dates have now been published for 2020. More dates will be added in early 2020. Date Course Location Price per person Spaces 18 July 2020 10am-4pm Introduction to Beekeeping Barn Farm Plants Upper Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1SN £85 Book Now Booking Form

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Asian Hornet Update

The Asian hornet nest in Tetbury has been found and destroyed. The nest was found at the top of a 55 foot tall conifer tree. Inspectors from the National Bee Unit are continuing to monitor the area for Asian hornets alongside local beekeepers. However to date, no live hornets have been seen since the …

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Its arrived – Asian Hornet in the UK

The National Bee Unit (NBU) has today confirmed that Asian Hornet has been identified in Gloucestershire – Tetbury. This is a Major threat to insects and in particular honey bees. The Asian Hornet is an alien species to the British Isles and has decimated bees across Europe for many years. …

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Winter Preparations

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year again where we need to start preparing the bees for winter.  We have been feeding the bees sugar syrup for a few weeks now but couldn’t believe it when the bees dived into the solution as I was topping up the feeders. This hunger may …

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Varroa Treatment

As soon as the honey crop is removed, it’s time to start thinking about treating the colony for varroa mites. We use Apiguard on most of our hives and this should be used outside the period of major nectar flow, as Apiguard can taint honey. The external temperature should be above 15°C (60°F), …

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Small Hive Beetle Update

A new case of Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) has been confirmed in the Gioia Tauro area of Calabria, Italy. Further details can be found on the Italian National Reference Laboratory website. UK authorities remain active in preparing and monitoring for the Small hive beetle. Contingency training exercises were run by the …

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The Beekeeping Year

The following list is an example of a beekeeping year for people in UK latitudes. MONTH ACTIVITY January Check roof and entrances of hives for blockages by leaves or snow February Check hives for food, feed as necessary. Keep inspection time to the absolute minimum March [list_item]Change/clean floor[/list_item] [list_item]Continue to …

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