Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bee Colonies for sale.

 Stewart Maher, Member of Grantham District Beekeepers.

Owing to my ever increasing stock of bees I am looking to sell on two or three colonies so I can ideally get back to four hives.

All colonies are in good shape, full of bees and stocked with plenty of stores. I'm happy to over winter them to make sure they are all ok and deliver in the spring.

Here is a photo of one of my queens for your perusal.


Healthy marked laying queen honey bee.
Queen from one of the colonies.

 If anyone is interested then please don't hesitate to contact me for more information or with any questions you mat have on 07891 989209.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

How to get honey out of the hive.

Firstly you need to get your supers to the location at which you wish to remove the honey. They will be very heavy so make sure you have something to push them in or really big muscles!!

I used a lined wheelbarrow as my hives are close to home!!


Frames from the supers, uncapped and ready for the spinner.
Frames from the supers, uncapped and ready for the spinner.
 
Uncapping knife and wax cappings ready to go back to the hive to be cleaned up.
Uncapping knife and wax cappings ready to go back to the hive to be cleaned up.

Frames loaded into the spinner, (4 will fit in), ready to be spun.
Frames loaded into the spinner, (This is a 4 frame model), ready to be spun.
 
Then turn the handle and watch gravity do it's thing and spin the honey out of the frames and into the drum.
Then turn the handle and watch gravity do it's thing and spin the honey out of the frames and into the drum.
 
Then open the tap and watch the liquid gold pour out of the tap into the filters!!
Then open the tap and watch the liquid gold pour out of the tap into the filters!!
Check list for honey spinning;

1. Make sure you have closed the doors and windows...the bees will find you!!
2. Check taps on spinners and honey buckets before you start to avoid a HUGE mess.
3. Have someone handy to take over and give your arm a break...it's heavy work.
4. Make sure you have time to let the honey filter at it's own rate, if you try to push the honey through it will not be clear.
5. Make sure you have plenty of jars, especially if you are spinning O.S.R. honey as it granulates very quickly.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Grumpy bees and 'holey' suits lead to.......

It's always nice to get some news from a fellow bee-keeper and Stewart has been great since I created the blog at giving me some great things to publish and this next story of his won't disappoint even though when he initially told me about it he said he would never send me a photo or let me publish it so thanks for being so brave Stewart!!

Back in July I had a bit of a disaster. One of my hives had turned rather grumpy, so I decided for the first time ever to wear a full suit as opposed to my smock top. I hadn't used it since I had started bee keeping more than  a year earlier during which time it had sat in a cupboard.

As it turned out it had a tear in the side of the veil that I hadn't noticed.

I inspected two hives with no problem but half way through my grumpy hive they suddenly just went mental and I was suddenly faces with dozens of bees inside my suit !...I had the hive apart so I couldn't just flee and had to put it all back together while under attack !


Mulitple bee stings on face
Stewart with is bee stung face!!

My apiary is only 300 yards from home so Sue was able to help me as soon as I got back, she removed approximately 40 bee stings from head, face and lips, one had even got inside my mouth ! The effect of that much venom was very disorientating, I wasn't quite 'with it' for a good half an hour, my chest even felt quite constricted like I was being beat hugged, but after a heavy dose of Iboprofen it improved. My lips swelled so badly from all the stings I couldn't speak properly.

Moral of the story is always check your protective equipment is in good order and if your bees become nasty seriously think about re Queening.

Thanks for sharing Stewart...being brave enough to include a photo and also giving us a moral...it certainly made me think about just putting my suit on.

Oh also...sorry for laughing when you first told me about it!! :-)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

European Foul Brood, (EFB, a notifiable disease)

Within the last week a case of EFB has been discovered in the Grantham area and so I thought now would be a good time to do a short and concise post on this disease , not just for those of us who are new beekeepers in this area but also as a reminder for the older beekeepers and as an ease of access reference point to all other beekeepers too.

I know many of us have recently attended a bee health day and the course in Grantham has not long finished but I think it is always good to have a refresher at your finger tips!!

So what if EFB?

European foulbrood (EFB) is a serious, bacterial disease of honeybee brood found throughout the world. It appears to be increasing.

How do I identify EFB?

EFB is easiest to spot in early spring and summer, but the pathogen may have been lurking for a long time. EFB infection can involve many organisms, so the symptoms vary and diagnosis is not always straightforward.

Bee larvae infected with EFB appear twisted in their cells, sometimes forming an unnatural C-shape along the sides or in the bottoms of the cells. The tracheal system tends to stand out and appear silvery, and the gut is sometimes visible through the opaque body tissue.
The infected larvae turn yellow and then brown eventually drying to rubbery scales within the cells. Unlike AFB, the cadaver cannot be “roped out” with a matchstick and it is not glue-like as in AFB. These drier EFB scales can be more easily removed by the worker bees and so EFB can be very difficult to spot.
In severe infections the colony has a foul, rotten odour (hence the name ‘foulbrood’) but this is only one possible symptom of the disease.


Typical visual stages of EFB
Typical visual stages of EFB



So how did I get EFB?

The main cause of an EFB infection is Melissococcus plutonius, but several bacterial organisms can be involved.
As with other diseases, EFB infections are often linked to stress brought on by a lack of food, water, space or attack by another disease or pest. However queen genetics, weather and geography may also play a part.
EFB infection tends to be localised and often recurs in the same apiaries year after year. But it can also spread quite easily.
Very young larvae are particularly susceptible and become infected through brood food contaminated with M. plutonius. The bacteria multiply rapidly in the larval mid-gut reaching such enormous numbers that the bacteria compete with the bee for food supply. The larvae then starve – usually about the time of cell capping.

To be honest a lot of this went over my head although I am sure many people out there will be more knowledgeable on the subject.

The fact is that FFB is around. Not to worry too much though, the National Bee Inspector would be more than happy to give you any help/advice if you have any concerns about your hives and would be much happier to come out and have a look if you are unsure if you have a problem that for you to leave it until really drastic measures have to be taken.

Andy Wattam would also like us all to know that if we do get a case of EFB that we would not be looked upon badly, these things do happen and the Inspection unit is only there to help.

You can find contact details for Andy here on Bee Base along with a full list of all other bee inspectors local to your area and also plenty of other information which will help you on your journey as a beekeeper.

Is there any treatment for EFB?

There is no known effective cure for EFB, but good beekeeping practice and vigilance can reduce the risks.

M. plutonius may be very widespread and present in many colonies but goes unnoticed until obvious symptoms of EFB are triggered by other stresses on the colony.

Even though M. plutonius is not a spore-forming bacillus, some bacteria may survive on combs to re-infect at a later date.

A “shook swarm” method is recommended by the National Bee Unit of the UK. This involves shaking the adult bees from an infected comb into a new or sterilised hive with fresh foundation. Using this method, the recurrence of EFB is very much reduced.

Diagnostic kits can be bought and used for identifying diseases and you can find out more about these and how they can be used and there effectiveness at Vita a great site that  researches, develops, manufactures and markets a range of honeybee health treatments and products worldwide.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Grantham District go to the farm.

This coming weekend there is an open farm day out at Screveton.

open day at the farm.
 
Lots will be going in and Grantham District will be there on the Saturday to talk about bee-keeping and what it entails.
 
In the evening there is a barn dance for which tickets need to be purchased.
 
We hope the weather will be kind and to see plenty of people there. For a more in-depth look at what's going on and to find out some more about the farm then check it out here
 
Hope you get the chance to come along and support us!!!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Next generation of Bee-Keepers.

I don't really have a 'stereo-typical' in my mind for bee-keepers but I do know that most of the people I have heard of who are interested in bee keeping or who are already bee-keepers are of the older generation. Does this then mean we are a dying breed??

I sincerely hope not as this would mean that sooner rather than later there would be no-one around to give the bees that little bit of help to keep there numbers up in the world.

That is why I was really pleased when my friends daughter showed great interest when I got my first hives last year, so much so in fact that she has joined the course that Grantham Bee-keepers are currently running.

The course is now about half way through and so last Saturday when I was going to do a hive inspection I invited Annabel to come along and go through the hives with me.

Suited up for a hive inspection.
Looking 'cool' in  her bee suit!!
I have to say I don't think I have ever seen a bee suit look 'cool' until Annabel wore one!!

So once we were suited up we went through the hives. Annabel was great and really enjoyed it, She even saw the queen marked with a red spot and spotted the capped queen cell in the nuc hive.



Annabel did say that next time she wouldn't wear the 'dangly' earrings as she kept thinking they were bees when they moved!!

Next time I will let her take the lead a little more so she gets a bit more hands on experience.

I am so pleased that we have a junior in our group and hope that it's only the beginning and that in time we will get more juniors interested and joining us too!!

If you know of any children who are interested then why don't you seek out your closest bee-keeping association and see if they can get involved to help save the bees.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Swarm season is upon us.

So swarm season is definitely in full swing and we are all trying to stay on top of things and do artificial swarms before our darling colonies split and bugger off.

All that said though it's inevitable that some will get missed and I have already heard of a few swarms being collected.

Today I went out to give Jez a hand with his inspection and as we were just about to leave we saw a swarm coming in to land.

First of all Jez thought it might have been one of Roy's hives as it had a lot of outside activity on our arrival.

Beehive full to overflowing with bees.
A lot of activity outside the hive.
But a quick check still had all the bees there so it definitely wasn't the above hive that had swarmed...and we didn't see one of Jez's swarm....maybe it was one of mine??/ They aren't that far away?!?!?!

Anyway...I was quite pleased to see first hand and close up a swarm and at this point realised that i need to treat my beekeeping just like my gardening and ALWAYS have my camera with me as you never know when you might need it. Needless to say i didn't have my camera with me...i had got a phone though...where was it?? Oh yeah...in my trousers pocket INSIDE my bee suit!!

Well I couldn't NOT photograph this first experience and share with you so I walked away a little and managed o get my phone out only to find the battery starting to die...GGGGGRRRRRRRR.!!!!

I did however with some patience and switching the phone off every now and then to build a little extra life into it manage to get a few shots...not great ones as my phone isn't great but better than nothing.

Picture the scene....Little ole me....dressed like an astronaut......sat crossed legged......under a gorse bush.....with thousands of bees swirling around me.....It was a great moment to 'bee' a part of!!

Swarm of Bees in a gorse bush
Swarm of Bees in a gorse bush

Cutting the bush back to get to the swarm.
Cutting the bush back to get to the swarm.

Getting the 'nuc' into position to shake the bees into.
Getting the 'nuc' into position to shake the bees into.

Nuc with bees on outside 'fanning' to let other bees know where the queen is.
Nuc with bees on outside 'fanning' to let other bees know where the queen is.

Now all we can do is wait to see if the queen stays..they will be checked in a few days.
Now all we can do is wait to see if the queen stays..they will be checked in a few days.
So that was my first swarm encounter. Jez said it must have been a.....erm....well not a prime swarm but the other one which name escapes me just now as there weren't that many bees around. I'm sure the name will came back to me?!?!

So in a few days they will need to be checked and fed and then they will need to be treated for varroa before being homed in a full size hive.

Did you know that you immediately become the owner of a swarm you catch??

Do we get to share these then Jez??

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Standard brood, deep brood, standard brood...damn!!!

So last week we ( that would be Jez and I) had to 'bee' a little radical with my deep brood hive which also had some standard brood frames in and perform a sort of swarm control and hack away at a few combs in the process.

Brood removed from the bottom of standard national brood frames
Brood removed from frames
As you will see from the photos below we were quite brutal and now know that putting standard brood frames in a deep brood box isn't the best idea in the world. The bees built down as we had hoped but so far they were attaching the comb to the hive floor which made inspection impossible.



With this in mind we knew the frames had to somehow be replaced with deep brood so finding a capped queen cell was the perfect thing for us but does go against the fact that with more space the bees won't swarm as they were obviously going to.

Anyway that's another story...sw we split the hives...sliced and diced the comb, embedded a capped queen cell where we wanted it to be...shut the hives, crossed out fingers and hoped for the best. Luckily for us there had been a couple of days of shitty weather so the previous queen hadn't swarmed.....now we have to wait and see!!

Friday, 25 April 2014

First inspection.

So I carried out not just my first inspection of the year...but my first solo inspection EVER. After all, I did only get the bees last August!!

Anyway I swallowed the nerves and got on with it.

I had some company too as John Perring came along to take a few snapshots.

I am going to share some of those amazing photos with you now.


bees suit, bee keeping, bee hives
All kitted out and ready to inspect!!




The inspection was quite uneventful in as much as there were no surprises, neither of us got stung and the bees were calm and happy throughout. Hey, I even managed to keep my smoker alight....you would have been so proud Jez!! :-)

so I hope you enjoyed the photos and I would just like to thank John Perring for letting me have some of the wonderful shots that he took.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Still waiting for an uneventful inspection

Another update from Stewart...never a dull moment in Bee keeping!!!

Yet again my bees are up to their tricks. On inspection today one hive which I have as a brood and a half were making swarm preparations with queen cells on the underside of the super frames being used for the 'half', so much for a bigger hive preventing swarming ! Artificial swarm control later in the week then.


capped cells with a developing queen.
Can you spot the queen cell??
Another hive are also superseding their queen and have made three or four supersedure cells, one of which is capped. Attached is a photo of one of the capped cells with a developing queen.

Still waiting for an uneventful inspection.


Stewart.
 

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Wonder of Bees

Tonight starting on BBC FOUR is a 4 part series I think you all might 'bee' interested in.

The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney

the bees didn't read that book!!
Who says bees only build down???
BBC Four, 8:00pm.

Martha Kearney's year gets off to a bad start when unseasonal snow in spring threatens to kill the bee colonies she keeps in her garden in Suffolk. With help from a master beekeeper Martha feeds her bees and takes one of the hives to a wildflower meadow at a neighbour's house along with two brand new hives.

She discovers the intricate hierarchy within the bee colony and learns how the organisation of the hive has become a metaphor for human society. At a London school she learns the secrets of urban bees' success even while bees in the country as a whole are in decline. The episode ends with three new hives established on a wildflower meadow, ready to start producing classic British wildflower honey

To learn more , have a sneak peak or find it on the iplayer just go here where you will also find a link to BBC Nature; Bees that is really interesting too.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ready to 'super' up!!!

Well we have got to that time of year again where the bees are getting out and there is plenty of them to feast on. Of course this means that we need somewhere for them to put there honey stores so I got busy making my frames. Last year when I first got my bees it took me an hour to build the first frame. I have gotten more efficient and confident now though and I am building on average ten an hour!!
 
Beehive frame materials and building
 

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building

Beehive frame materials and building


Beehive frame materials and building
 
Just as well I got quicker as I needed to build 48 super frames and brood frames. If you want a quick guide on how to put them together then you can find one here. I have to admit to not putting the full 11 pins in my frames so I guess I will just have to see how they hold up!!
 
I am now all ready with my supers...lets just hope the weather co-operates. Don't the completed frames look lovely!!
 
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Reporting suspect sightings of the Asian hornet

Asian Hornet
Asian Hornet


 
Many Beekeepers may be aware that, the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects. It has recently extended its geographical range from Asia to mainland Europe following an accidental introduction to France, and is now also present in Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Italy. Adult hornets are highly mobile; the rate of spread across France is approximately 100 km/year. There is concern that this exotic insect could reach the UK, either by hitching a ride on imported goods or simply by flying across the Channel.

The message to Beekeepers from the NBU is as follows:

• Now is the ideal time of year to look out for emerging queens, who can build new nests;
• Make sure you know how to recognise Asian hornets – a very helpful ID sheet can be downloaded from the NNSS website at http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4
• Know where to report sightings: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk
• Our best defence against the Asian hornet is to quickly detect any arrivals and prevent them from establishing;
• Trapping is expected to aid this;
• Please visit the Asian hornet pages on BeeBase click here to read updated guidance for beekeepers, including information on early monitoring and trap design. You can also access the full Response Plan through these pages.

Kind regards,

National Bee Unit.
 
The above e-mail was sent to all beekeepers but I think it is important that every one be aware of this as we are a minority and I think the public helping to keep an eye out would be of great help. According to this it has not yet reached the U.K. and I sincerely hope they are right. Whilst looking for a little more info on the Internet I came across a report that states there is a possibility that one was sighted last year and while the report was never confirmed I have included the link below as there is a lot of information that I found interesting and thought you may too. It also has a very good down loadable link to help with identifying the hornet.
 
 
 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Queen Bee Marking.

A little update on what a couple of our members got up to over the weekend!!
 
John Perring came round and we went through my hives to mark the Queens. We only managed to find the Queen in one of three hives and after a bit of faffing we hesitantly marked her (for both of us this was our first Queen marking !!). Our paint job was a bit of a bodge but it does the job and I think we'll be better next time.

 John took a photo of the unfortunate Queen and also some of the bees bringing in loads of pollen from the Oil Seed Rape they were busy working.
 
Full pollen sacs on a worker bee.
Full pollen sacs on a worker bee.


probably from nearby Oil Seed Rape fields.
Plenty of pollen being brought in, probably from
nearby Oil Seed Rape fields.


The newly marked queen in the crown of thorns.
The newly marked queen in the crown of thorns.


Bees fanning at the entrance of the hive.
Fanning.
Thanks Stewart Maher and John Perring for sharing the  experience and photos with us!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Busy, buzzy, bees

Well spring really has sprung again this weekend and with the sudden rise in temperature again the bees have been extremely active on the allotment today.

What I also noticed today was that they were flying in three different directions so are getting plenty of nectar and pollen and bringing in different colours and shades so collecting form a variety of plants. I really do need to look in my books so that I can have more idea on what they are working on.




Happy bees bringing in pollen and nectar.
Happy bees bringing in pollen and nectar.

Bees having a buzz
Bees having a buzz

Busy, busy, pollen and nectar going in!!
Busy, busy, pollen and nectar going in!!

Yellow bee covered in pollen dust to the right.
Yellow bee covered in pollen dust to the right.

A lot of activity at the poly hive, different pollen going in.
A lot of activity at the poly hive, different pollen going in.

Pollen dropped off on the landing board.
Pollen dropped off on the landing board.

Can you see all the bee activity in the air??
Can you see all the bee activity in the air??
The poly hive looks a lot more active than the others but I think this is mainly due to the hive entrance being more restricted. This has now been rectified so that more bees can enter and exit freely.

All the above photos were taken before midday. I went in the hives as well and caught up with Jez and Roy at their hives but I'll tell you about that tomorrow.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Last night's fun . . . .

 . . . . used to be the name of an excellent folk band which is no more.  However, the final monthly meeting of this session more than made up for that, many many thanks to John for his beautiful photographs (and to Jez and Roy for the commentary on the individual shots.)  John also won the raffle, marred only by me forgetting to bring the prize, so John I have a lovely big box of biscuits for you when we can arrange to get it to you.

No more monthly meetings now until September but the course starts next week.  Perhaps existing members would like to come along to the final session to meet up and extol the virtues of joining the District.  (You might have to pay for your own sandwiches though but don't get me started on that!)  I'll email in due course.

There will be open apiaries, Stewart, Steve & Elaine, Roy, Jez and myself have offered to host and there is usually a little social occasion (Jez says tea and biscuits inside away from any disgruntled bees) afterwards.  Ollie is planning to arrange a couple of BBQs so offers of venues welcome.  Dates will be emailed out once we have a clear fix on what the weather is likely to be but they will probably be on Sundays, starting in May.

Don't forget that the bees will be even more shocked and disappointed at the down turn in the temperature than we are.  Its too cold to mess much with them but if you get a bright spell, check - if they are congregating around the top of the crown board, get some fondant on.  I changed the fondant for syrup on mine and am now kicking myself as its harder for them to process the excess moisture in the cold.  There are no more boxes of fondant left but I can let you have a couple of 2.5 kgs bags if any one is in desperate need.  OSR is already starting to bloom in some areas though so its clearly going to be a very different start compared to last year. 

 
Keep in touch, remember we have this blog and the Facebook page, Grantham Beekeepers -  lots of interesting items and of course even more interesting if you all put photos and stories about your bees on. 
 
Also the BBKA website where Lincolnshire of course has its own page.

Finally don't forget the Lincoln District's auction of all things bee, this Saturday, starting at 11.00 at the Lincolnshire showground.  Get there early to check out the state of everything and make sure you do your research first so you know what the price would be just to buy it new and unused - that goes for colonies too.  Don't get too carried away with the excitement of bidding!

Catherine

Catherine Sheen
Secretary, Grantham District LBKA

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Varroa control

Well Mr Chairman said we should be thinking about putting out varroa boards back in so that we can check for varroa levels.

Before I go any further I think it would be a good idea to say a little about varroa for all those readers who aren't bee-keepers yet or never will be but are just interested in the drivel that I write here and so come along for a look...so this will be a little crash course in what varroa is!!

The Varroa mite.

Varroa  is an external parasitic mite that attacks the honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. The disease caused by the mites is called varroosis.
Varroa destructor can only reproduce in a honey bee colony. It attaches to the body of the bee and weakens the bee by sucking 'blood'. In this process, viruses such as the deformed wing virus (DWV) spread to bees. A significant mite infestation will lead to the death of a honey bee colony, usually in the late autumn through early spring. The Varroa mite is the parasite with the most pronounced economic impact on the beekeeping industry

 

Reproduction, infection and hive mortality.

Mites reproduce on a 10-day cycle. The female mite enters a honey bee brood cell. As soon as the cell is capped, the Varroa mite lays eggs on the larva. The young mites, typically several females and one male, hatch in about the same time as the young bee develops and leave the cell with the host. When the young bee emerges from the cell after pupation, the Varroa mites also leave and spread to other bees and larvae. The mite preferentially infests drone cells.
The adults suck the "blood" (hemolymph) of adult honey bees for sustenance, leaving open wounds. The compromised adult bees are more prone to infections. With the exception of some resistance in the Russian strains and bees with varroa-sensitive hygiene genes developed by the USDA, the European Apis mellifera bees are almost completely defenseless against these parasites.

I am sure there will be a few things here some of you are unfamiliar with (me included to be honest!!) but you can find out all about it on Wikipedia here where links will help you understand the more complex aspects if you want to go into it a little further.

So how big are these little blood suckers which we have to look out for then??

varroa mite on bee larvae
varroa mite on adult worker bee
As you can see from the photos we are searching for a VERY small mite. On the picture above of the larvae it shows up quite well due to the colour but in the picture on the right you can see it's much harder to spot. You can imagine from the photos how small the mites are.

So what I have done this time to try and help the bees rid themselves of the varroa mite?? Well I have tried something based on the report here which we published a while ago to see if I get any benefit from it. After all if I could find a way to help the bees without using chemicals both myself and the bees will be a lot happier.

This report was quite in depth on what to do but the gist of it was that the varroa don't like garlic so taking this in layman's terms I have replaced my varroa floors with some crushed garlic on them.

varroa floor with crushed garlic
Varroa floor with crushed garlic
So I cleaned up the varroa floors, added a little crushed garlic and then put them in the hive. Now I just have to keep an eye on them to see what the drop of the mite is onto the floor as to whether or not I need to do something more drastic about the mite.

One problem I did find with this was that on the 'poly' hive the floor fits quite closely to the frame of the hive and so kept pushing the garlic off. So I am going to make some garlic infused oil as I use oil on my varroa floor as then when the mite drops they stick where they are so to infuse some oil with garlic will hopefully have some effect too. Obviously right now I can't say whether this is effective but I will be able to monitor over the year if I treat one hive and not another and compare differences.

Don't think the bees are overly keen on the garlic smell as it certainly made the hive lively and brought a few out for investigations although they were nice and calm about it.

bees come out to investigate
As soon as I put the garlic covered varroa floor in bees
started to come out the hive to investigate.
No aggressive behaviour form them though.

So this was a week ago and I was hoping to check today but with the unpredictable weather I thought it was best to wait. The bees have been very happy with the weather bringing in lots of pollen and enjoying their flights. It has been wonderful to see them not just leaving and returning the hive but seeing them in other parts of the allotment's too.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Urging people to get a buzz from beekeeping.

Well as we are trying to get more members for our group which will therefore bring in more funds which will then give all memebrs more opportunites we are doing all we can in the way of advertising and just last week steve  and Roy had an interview with the Newark advertiser. It's a great read so go and check it out here.


Mr Steve Beeching, right, and Mr Roy Parker, of Grantham and District Beekeepers’ Association, check a hive
 Steve (right) and Roy (left), check a hive
Great photo and great article.

Well done you two!!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Gravity FM Heritage Project - Grantham District Beekeepers

Gravity FM's Ela Watts with the Grantham District Beekeepers
Enjoy.
 
 

Thanks Ela.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Bees making the most of the warm March sun.

    Not quite as enthusiastic as the other two hives about the sunshine.



 Not quite as enthusiastic as the other two hives about the sunshine.
Buzzing around the poly Hive entrance.



Buzzing around the poly Hive entrance.
Bees to the west of this were slower to emerge.



A lot of activity at this hive...this is the hive furthest east and so gets the sun first. This actually shows in the amount of bees out. As the sun warms the hives more bees were coming out to play!!




Well you can't stop at just one photo can you!!


Oh look and here's another...lol. The bees took me a bit by surprise about being out and the photos were taken on my rather archaic phone. Next time I visit though I will have my camera at the ready!!



I wondered initially what the noise was...then I remembered that bees buzz when they are happy!!!