New Forest apiary meeting, 21 August 2021

“Shall we go or is it best to cancel?” The now familiar pre-apiary meeting phone call. The weather for Ocknell Pond wasn’t looking good, but as we’d cancelled or postponed most of our meetings in 2021, we decided to risk it. “We can always sit in the tent and have a chat!” Members with childrenContinue reading “New Forest apiary meeting, 21 August 2021”

Save the bees!

Pollinators are responsible for one in three of every mouthful we eat. They pollinate our crops, and are essential to the very existence of the plants and trees that support our wild animals and birds. Honeybees in managed hives are responsible for up to 15% of the UK’s insect-pollinated crops. That means the other 85%Continue reading “Save the bees!”

Itchen Valley photography competition

Here’s Esm’ee McConnell’s photograph. I think you’ll agree, it’s a definite winner! Esm’ee’s hoping her picture raises awareness in her age group, highlighting that hoverflies won’t hurt you (they have no stings) and are important pollinators and predators of garden pests. Esm’ee took her picture while walking in one of her favourite places, Itchen ValleyContinue reading “Itchen Valley photography competition”

Fumigating Comb with Acetic Acid

Reusing comb saves the bees time and energy compared to drawing out new foundation. However it’s a good idea to sterilise comb before reuse. Acetic acid can be used in late autumn or winter to sterilise combs against Nosema, chalkbrood and wax moth but it’s better to burn particularly blackened brood comb. What about superContinue reading “Fumigating Comb with Acetic Acid”

Robin on mentoring

I was first introduced to beekeeping in 2013 by my employer, who wanted to build our business biodiversity and events opportunities. I took a basic beekeeping course and what began as a skill acquired for work purposes quickly became a passion. One that my whole family has become involved in. I was thrown in atContinue reading “Robin on mentoring”

Common bee viruses and what you need to know

Here is a 35 minute presentation by Kirsty Stainton on the most commonly found bee viruses in the UK including Sacbrood, Chronic Bee Paralysis and Deformed Wing Virus. The talk shows how to identify these viruses and what to do if you find them. Kirsty is a post-doctoral research scientist working at the Pirbright Institute.Continue reading “Common bee viruses and what you need to know”

Directions to Ocknell Pond

The easiest way to find your way is using What3Words:olive.months.galloped This will take you directly to the car park and picnic area. Ocknell Pond can also be found using maps on most mobile devices. The OS grid reference (for Satnav) is SU235117 Old school From Southampton take the westbound M27 and leave at exit 1Continue reading “Directions to Ocknell Pond”

Swanmore apiary report – August 2021

Here are the latest reports from Swanmore on the progress of our apiary. As of 9 August, four of our five colonies are between queens following recent swarms and splits. Fingers crossed that all colonies will be queen-right by the end of the month so they can concentrate on their winter preparations! Hive 5 (George’s)Continue reading “Swanmore apiary report – August 2021”

Asian Hornet Week 2021

This year’s Asian Hornet week is 6-10 September. It’s purpose is to increase public awareness around this invasive species with the aim of encouraging people to learn how to identify it, remain vigilant for its presence and to report it if seen. If the Asian Hornet becomes established in the UK it would wreck havocContinue reading “Asian Hornet Week 2021”