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New beekeepers are often keen to get on a local swarm collecting list. It is often to get free bees when they start, but have they had adequate tuition from their BKA? Swarm collection is an important service provided by BKAs to the general public, so it is important those who collect swarms are competent. …

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To manage bees with care and efficiency every beekeeper needs to develop their own system. Initially they will probably closely copy their tutor. When they have gained more knowledge and experience they will probably modify their system to suit their own circumstances. In beekeeping, there are often many ways of achieving the same thing. They …

🥈Some management techniques we all need – BIBBA Read More »

In beekeeping, there are a lot of people who are keen to give advice, whether it is verbally or the written word in the form of books, leaflets, newsletters or the computer screen. There are a lot of myths and misinformation, often “cut and pasted” from other sources, which may simply be copying someone else’s …

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Beekeepers often decide what type of queen cells they have in their colonies by where they are placed on the comb, because that is what they are taught or read in books. This can be very unreliable, resulting in the wrong action being taken, often leaving the colony hopelessly queenless. There will be some clear …

🥈Queen cells. Their recognition and uses – BIBBA Read More »

Lateral thinking and observation are two of the most valuable assets a beekeeper can possess. There are many things an observant beekeeper will spot during a colony inspection that others will miss. This ability does come with experience, but the key is to know what is normal, so you can spot something different. A colony …

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Small scale beekeepers only wish to make a small number of extra colonies, perhaps to increase the size of their apiary by a colony or two, to replace losses or for a management reason. Colony increase isn’t often taught by BKAs for some reason, so smaller beekeepers often buy extra colonies. Even if you only …

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Some of you might share my fascination with gadgets that will supposedly help us keep bees. Sadly, most of these are a waste of time and money. Some of them were perhaps worth a try, some the product of genius and some the product of lunacy, and some the product of someone wanting to make …

🥈Beekeeping kit you don’t need- BIBBA Read More »

This presentation is TBC Part of a series of webinars “Sound Foundations in Beekeeping”. Ideal for those who have recently started, but there will be material suitable for the more advanced. BIBBA Webinars If you are looking for more webinars by BIBBA, you can find them here.

This presentation takes a look at different apiaries, mainly at home with a few abroad. It gives advice on siting hives and comments on the various issues raised. The content is changed regularly, so if you think you have seen it before, you may not have done. Part of a series of webinars “Sound Foundations …

🥈Where are bees kept? – BIBBA Read More »

In those early years of beekeeping, I made lots of mistakes and took everything that another beekeeper told me as the gospel truth. It wasn’t until I figured that the advice from different people started conflicting with each other and that the ‘fool-proof’ solutions didn’t always work that I had to go back to basics …

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