Knowledgebase

This page is designed to give members easy access to trusted, good quality information on beekeeping subjects ranging from common manipulations, disease control and feeding to honey harvesting, labelling and candle making. This page is evolving with Meridian content and links to good quality information being regularly added.


Beekeeping essentials

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Fixing natural comb into frames

A short film showing how to fix comb removed from feral colonies into frames so that the brood and stores can be hived. Fixing comb into frames

The Meridian beekeeping year

The exact timings of beekeeping tasks in Britain is weather dependant

A guide to the annual cycle of work in the apiary adapted (as far as possible) to our local climate and conditions. Annual cycle.

Glossary

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A link to Beecraft’s excellent glossary of beekeeping terms. Beebase glossary

Artificial Swarm
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Splitting
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Disease control

Counting varroa

A short video from Denise showing a simple method of counting varroa and notes on what the results mean and what steps can be taken next. Counting varroa

Varroa

An overview of this invasive pest and a summary of the treatment options available with links. Varroa, an overview

Shook swarm

A step-by-step guide to performing a shook swarm with a very clear short film from Sheffield Beekeepers. Shook swarm


Honey

Honey processing with Louise

A short film on how to uncap and spin out honey with notes and help with choosing an extractor. Honey processing

Preparing honey for sale or show

How to prepare clear, soft set and comb honey. Preparing Honey


Labelling honey

A summary of the regulations with links to more detailed information on the statutory requirements. Labelling honey

Hive products

Wax processing with Louise

Two very useful short films from Louise on how to reclaim, wash and render wax in preparation for making hive products. Wax

Candle making with Louise

Louise shows us how to make moulded and dipped candles

Two short videos showing how to select and prepare the wick, setting-up, melting wax and cooling and finishing your candles. Candle making

Soap

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Miscellaneous

Re-queening a defensive colony

A short video and notes on how to re-queen a defensive colony. re-queening a defensive colony

Good books and sources of reliable information

Books, videos and other sources of reliable information recommended by members. reading

A short guide on taking bees to the heather

Hampshire Beekeepers’ advisory notes on taking bees to the New Forest heather. Taking bees to the heather


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