Archive For April, 2012

Wet Spring out West

By | April 28, 2012

The Walmer Gardens hive was checked this Saturday. As mentioned before, Spring 2012 has gone a bit soggy and today was no different. Generally you want to check hives when it is above 16 degrees C, and dry. Bees need to keep their larvae and pupae warm to allow them to develop. Honey is (partly) […]

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Rua Tekau – First Shook Swarm

By | April 27, 2012

Class 2 at East Surrey Bees saw me bleary eyed and bleary nosed with a bit of an ugly cold. I covered it up as best I could and marched on, and so pleased I did. The ESB beginner practical course is a fantastic practically focussed ┬ácourse, and again with minutes of arriving we were […]

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After theory… then what?

By | April 22, 2012

Having completed the excellent Zoo Train theory courses, and joining up with Ealing Transition at the Walmer Gardens hive, I still had buckets of enthusiasm. What next? I really wanted to get more practical experience and learning, getting my hands regularly into a hive with some teachers. A quick search around the net showed that […]

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Get out the Red Carpet – Transferring the Nuc

By | April 14, 2012

Big day! Others may have been preparing for the FA cup semi final between Everton and Liverpool, or placing bets on the Grand National. Today we got our bees for Walmer Gardens, from Barnaby at Capital Bee. We picked up the nucleus from Kennington, got some final tips from Barnaby and gently ferried the hive […]

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Easter is a time of Spring

By | April 7, 2012

Easter with the whole egg thing, daffodils, new born lambs, the start of British Summer Time, are all things that signify the start of spring to me, my favourite season. I’ve a new indicator now, the buzz of bees as the days warm up, colonies begin to increase their numbers, and forage for pollen and […]

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