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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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“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.
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
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!
Thanks to the technical skills of Ealing beekeeper Llyr Jones in delivering this gallery at the apiary table for the website’s news blog.
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.
A new study has found that starving honeybees lose self control and act impulsively. The findings, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, revealed that hungrier bees chose small immediate rewards rather than wait for larger rewards: http://ow.ly/I8rvX. Story sourced by Emma Sarah Tennant.
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 blog. Story sourced by Emma Sarah Tennant.