Taking bees to the heather

Heather honey Each year, at the summer’s end, some Meridian beekeepers take their strongest hives to the New Forest. Ling heather growing there begins flowering in late July and continues until September. Colonies taken to the heather must be in peak condition, having a well-laying queen and plenty of bees. As ever with beekeeping, goodContinue reading “Taking bees to the heather”

Members’ blogs

Richard Skinner describes collecting and hiving his first swarm and the progress of his new colony so far. Richard Denise Smith writes about progress at our West End apiary and recent successes with Bailey Comb changes in Spring 2022. Denise Louise Evans writes about the Meridian event on 3 April. Members gathered to prepare equipmentContinue reading “Members’ blogs”

Classes of membership and fees

MBA HBKA BBKA BDI Full £11.00 £5.00 £21.00 £2.00 £39.00 School £11.00 £5.00 £21.00 £2.00 £39.00 Partner £4.50 Nil £13.50 No £18.00 Junior £7.50 Nil £9.50 Yes £17.00 Associate £12.00 £5.00 Nil No £17.00 Honorary Free Free Free Yes Free Partner and Associate members do not benefit from public liability insurance or receive BBKA News.Continue reading “Classes of membership and fees”

Reading and links to trusted sources

BBKA Guide to Beekeeping This is the only book for beginners endorsed by the BBKA. It’s enjoyable and easy to read, has clear photography and illustrations and is the definitive text for the basic assessment. The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping introduces the reader to the craft and includes sections on the workings of the colony,Continue reading “Reading and links to trusted sources”

Varroa, an overview

Varroa destructor is an external parasite of honey bees. It is non-native to the UK and Europe and was accidently introduced in the early 1990s via the movement of infested honeybees from Asia. It has now spread worldwide. Varroa lives harmoniously with the Asian honeybee (Apis cerana) which has adapted to it. Elsewhere, Varroa hasContinue reading “Varroa, an overview”