Many beekeepers will have received an alert from the National Bee Unit about low food stores suggesting beekeepers should monitor food levels of their colonies closely over the next month as in many northern parts of the UK, the weather is still cold and foraging opportunities for large colonies are few and far between.
Have you seen the article entitled Meet the men reviving the ancient craft of tree beekeeping (23rd April 2016) written by Jean Vernon in the Daily Telegraph asking what can we learn from the relationship between bees and trees?
A very interesting perspective that, at the very least, highlights the debate about bees' ability to develop a natural resistance to varroa.
Our first Apiary Meeting of the year will be on Saturday 30th April and we'll be looking at how to collect samples of bees ahead of the Annual Nosema Testing Day next month. Why not come along and practice before collecting from your own hives.
Beekeepers have all heard about Nosema disease, but what is it? This is valuable knowledge for all new beekeepers as they learn how to manage their colonies and hopefully keep the bees as healthy as possible as we continually find ways to battle the diseases facing honey bees and other pollinators in this country.
David Friend gave a fascinating presentation at our Annual General Meeting on Monday 9th November on the merits and considerations in using Warré hives for which he has kindly provided us with his notes reproduced here for others to read.
His presentation entitled "Experiments with Warré Hives" certainly got many of us thinking! Here's what David wrote: