So many talks

This year has been disappointing in that we have not been able to get to things like the Bee Safari and visit other apiaries but as this post will hopefully show there is a lot going on. Thanks to the virus many organisations have set up lectures which we can attend remotely and enjoy.

First amongst my list of possibilities is a set of lectures at the website. These are actually hosted by BIBBA. I am not going to list all the lectures but this subset may stimulate your interest. In fact there are so my lectures I have just grabbed the first few:

If you want to see recordings of previous lectures they are on the BIBBA website.

November is here

Where has the year gone? Just two months to the end of the year and it seems to have just flown by. However for the bees there is still plenty to do and I have written a set of tasks which need to be done. Perhaps this year is a good time to do more of the tasks than last year. When I am working in the apiary there is no talk of the virus threat or of Brexit. Such a relief.

As I write this we are about to go into another lock down. May I draw your attention to the NBU advice for what we can do in the next month? For those who do not wish to read it all I can summarise it with “Hands, face, space” and remind you that we have a duty to look after “livestock” and that may require travelling to an out apiary.

On a more positive note – if you have more time on your hands as a result of the lock down then use the opportunity to read more about bees. There are some suggestions on the November tasks page.

September is here.

September is here and the bees are getting ready for winter. It is our job to get help them and I have written a page of tasks which can be done this month to increase the chances of your bees surviving the winter but also of being in a good position to make a rapid start on Honey production once the new season arrives.

After a long day at a public event a bee keeper was clearly tired of explaining what bees do and how important they are. When asked why they made wax he informed the wide eyed child that “inside the hive it was dark and the bees used the wax to make candles so they could find their honey stores”.

Don’t forget Jimmy Doherty’s Big Bee Rescue on Channel 4. If you do not see it live then it is on My4