Autumn in the apiary

Introduction to Beekeeping course

Our next introduction to beekeeping evening course will run between 31 October and 5 December 2022. It provides the knowledge you need to get started and allows you to check that beekeeping is for right you. The course also helps you choose the most suitable equipment thereby avoiding expensive mistakes.

Apiary and equipment tidy, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October
Nicky, part of the frame-building team!

Our end-of-season apiary tidy will run from 13.00 each day over the weekend of 15th and 16th October. It’s always a fun and productive event and we’d love to see you there! Here’s a report from last year’s event. Apiary tidy. Please get in touch if you can spare a couple of hours. Count me in!

Asian hornet

The Asian hornet is a dangerous, non-native species which has the potential to wreak havoc in the UK.

In France, it has caused immense damage to local ecosystems and is a risk to humans too. Autumn is the time to remain vigilant for the hornet and here, you can find out what you need to know. Asian hornet.


Telling the bees
Photo from The Independent.

The royal beekeeper has told the bees at Buckingham Palace of the Queen’s sad passing. John Chappell, the royal beekeeper, travelled to the Palace on Friday 9 September to carry out the ancient custom. Telling the bees.

If you’re not on the list …

Here’s a short film showing the fascinating behaviour of guard bees. They protect the the hive from predators like wasps and even robber bees from other colonies. Robbing is more common in autumn. Guard bees.

Save the bees!

Many people are concerned about the plight of bees but aren’t sure what to do. Here are ten practical things you can do to help. save our bees!

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