Category: Beekeeping

Another Super 1

Busy Bees

With summer in full swing, the bees are getting busy. I had a phone call the other day about a swarm in Borth so went off to collect it. Catching swarms is one of my favourite things in beekeeping. Not only do I get free bees, but it’s always quite exciting and the onlookers have...

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EFB Disease Alert

Just as we thought the bees in our out apiary were doing well, we get this EFB Disease alert from the National Bee Unit. The bees and survived well over the winter and we were pleased with the fact that we had been able to split them early to hopefully pre-empt any swarming. They have loads...

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Honey Bees 1

Perfect Weather for Bees

We managed to inspect our bees in our out apiary at the weekend. It was a little too cold with a keen Easterly wind here at the coast, but it was better in the hills so we took a quick look. It was nice to see so much blackthorn flowering around the hive and the bees...

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Out Apiary Woes 3

Out Apiary Woes

Unfortunately the news from the out apiary isn’t quite so good… The larger of the two colonies seems OK. I didn’t check them properly but there were definitely bees in there so I gave them a good feed and left them to it. The smaller hive that we had to move here over the winter didn’t look promising though...

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Hive Inspection 1

First Look at the Bees

At last, the temperature made it into double figures this morning although it has dropped again now to 9.7ºC. I have loads to do in the garden and just about managed to squeeze in some time out there today. The first job was to dig out the compost bins and bag up the compost ready for...

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Beehive Re-location 4

Beehive Re-location

After a morning of training on Sunday, we had to move a couple of our beehives. The out Apiary in Llandre where we had been keeping them was due to have some building work nearby and the bank that they were on needed some stabilising work carried out in order to allow access to the building...

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Receiving our Certificates 2

Beekeeping Assessment Presentation

We went to the Aberystwyth Beekeepers Association Christmas Social on Tuesday evening. Held in Waunfawr Community Hall it was an ‘American Supper’ where everyone brings along a plate or two of food, a Christmas decoration for the tables and eat, drink and chat together. There was loads of food to go around and everyone seemed to...

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Honey Cakes 4

ABKA Honey Show

We all had fun at the Honey Show the other evening, even if it was a bit of a rush to get there after work and parents evening. As usual it was a fairly relaxed affair. As well as the various bee-keeping categories within the show such as jars of honey, wax blocks, frames ready...

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Beehive ready for Winter 0

Wrapping up the Bees for Winter

With the Borth Weather Station recording 40 knots and things looking decidedly autumnal out there I thought it was time to make sure the bees were ready for winter. I’d like to feed them a little bit more really but my first concern was to make sure the hives hadn’t blown over and to strap...

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Candied Orange Slices 1

Getting Ready for the Honey Show

With the Aberystwyth Beekeeping Association’s annual Honey Show fast approaching we thought we had better get a few entries organised. The schedule for the show is: Bottle of mead. Two one pound jars of light honey. Two one pound jars of medium honey. Two one pound jars of dark honey. Two one pound jars of...

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