Ealing Beekeepers Beginners Course 2018

The course will cover honey bee biology, life cycles, swarming and queen rearing, pests and diseases, setting up an apiary, harvesting and more. There will be 3 practical sessions at the apiary dedicated to the beginners, to provide an introduction to the apiary and handling bees, but all members are also welcome (and encouraged) to attend the weekly members sessions at the apiary from spring to autumn, Saturdays at 2pm, where there will be opportunities to observe and take part in hive inspections and build your confidence around bees.

Classroom theory: Tuesday 13, 20 and 27 March, 7:30pm at Bluebell centre, Perivale Wood, accessed from beside 36 Sunley Gardens, UB6 7PE

Break for Easter/half term

Practical at apiary: Saturday 21st April, 12:30pm association apiary, corner Argyle Road and Stockdove way

Classroom theory: Tuesday 24 April, 1st and 8th May, 7:30pm at Bluebell centre, Perivale Wood

Practical at apiary: Saturday 12 May and 9 June, 12:30pm association apiary, corner Argyle Road and Stockdove way

The course costs £100, plus £35 for association membership, and an optional £10 book. For an enrolment form or more information, please contact ealingbees@gmail.com

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Autumn has come to the apiary. Crisp dry leaves litter the floor. Some flowers are still around – purple michaelmas daisies, ivy and the last of the himalayan balsam along canal banks. The bees come and go, but no longer in the same numbers or with the urgency they had earlier in the season. They are winding […]

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Test yourself on honey bees, Mastermind style

Ealing beekeeper Emily Scott challenges us to take Bee Mastermind!

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For those of you who have never seen it, Mastermind is a British TV show in which four contestants are tested on both their general knowledge and a chosen specialist subject. Thanks to Di Drinkwater for her post ‘Bees on Mastermind‘, which alerted me to the recent appearance of beekeeper Gill Taylor on the show, with the specialist subject of ‘The honey bee and beekeeping’. Gill is based in Airedale, West Yorkshire, and manages her local association’s website: airedalebka.org.uk. Viewers in the UK can catch the episode on iPlayer during the next couple of weeks.

Questions

Here’s the questions asked – answers further down…

1. The cells of the bees’  honey comb are constructed in which distinctive geometric shape?

2. What term derived from the latin for ‘little basket’ is used for the haired structure on the hind leg of a honey bee carrying pollen?

3. What astrological name is widely given to…

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Four years and still counting

Ealing beekeeper Thomas Bickerdike tells us about a remarkable queen who took everything in her stride.

Beekeeping afloat

20160813_123843Don’t let that faint green mark on this queen fool you as she is actually a yellow queen and therefore four years old. It’s a good age but by no means exceptional but it’s the journey myself and this queen have had that makes me look back on her life.

Spring 2012     She was born, created from a split from my TBH that was going through an AS.

Spring 2013     After overwintering well she was given to a friend who lost his TBH and so she had her first move and went on to give good service and a surplus of honey.

Spring 2014      Over wintered well but following a house move she and her colony in the TBH came back to me and mentioned in my post what goes up has to eventually come down.

Summer 2014     The colony…

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A fond farewell to a champion beekeeper

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“Clive was the Chairman of the Kent Bee-Keepers’ Association and Chief Show Steward of the National Honey Show.Clive was a great champion of the beekeeping community and among other things was our swarm coordinator for many years.

Clive Watson funeral

His involvement along with former chair John Chapple ensured the LBKA’s survival during difficult times in the 90’s. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. The LBKA’s thoughts are extended to Clive’s family.”

From the London Beekeepers’ Facebook Page. Sent to Ealing Beekeepers via John Chapple and Emily Scott.

Clive Watson funeral prayers for the bees

Bees about with John Chapple

A treat from John Chapple this May Bank Holiday brings picturesque scenes of hives at his apiary, elaborate bug hotels and inventive hive sites in Holland. Ealing beekeepers – enjoy!

John Chapple hives

John Chapple bug hotel

John Chapple hives abroad

Thanks to the technical skills of Ealing beekeeper Llyr Jones in delivering this gallery at the apiary table for the website’s news blog.

The insect that loves having sex

Which is the most promiscuous female insect of all? BBC Earth reveals in ‘The insect that loves having sex‘ that the female honeybee queen mates with the most males, neatly knocking the female cobalt milkweed beetle off the throne:

“The European honey bee was found to mate up to 20 times and the Asiatic honey bee up to 30 times. However Cabrera-Mireles determined that the Apis dorsata, the giant honey bee of South and Southeast Asia, was the most polyandrous of all, with one DNA fingerprinting studying determining that females had up to 53 mates.

The female cobalt milkweed beetle has been recorded mating up to 60 times, but was disqualified by Cabrera-Mireles because this figure included multiple matings with the same male.”

For incredible footage on the honeybee queen watch this clip from More than honey.

Read more on BBC Earth ‘The insect that loves having sex‘. Story sent by Andy Pedley.

What can we learn from insect societies?

A great topic talked about at this week’s Commonwealth Science Conference: ‘How can we use insect societies as a mirror to reflect on our own?’. The talk by Professor Raghavendra Gadakar, President of the Indian National Science Academy, asked what we can learn from insect societies and started by looking at bees. Read more notes on the talk at the Commonwealth Science Conference blogStory sourced by Emma Sarah Tennant.

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All about the bees, ’bout the bees

Ealing beekeeper Sara gets her bees tucked up for winter, read more on her blog this week.

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Bee StreetTucked up but still centre stage

Whilst each colony of bees is almost at their lowest head count, with all the boys kicked out and the girls focused on protecting the queen through the coldest months, they are still attracting loads of attention as the general public are becoming more aware of their…

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