This is only £10 to buy from the BBKA show https://www.bbka.org.uk/shop/honey-bee-anatomy-acetates-new The acetates are in the order you’d see things if you were dissecting a bee. The plates have diagrams which are number to explain what everything is. It’s really lovely.
2 in short succession yesterday Easily diagnoses as bumblebees over the phone but I always ask for a photo to confirm. You can see from the shape of the bees that they’re not honey bees. These are at the soffits, and neither caller described a cluster of bees, just activity. The second caller sent me… Continue reading Bumblebee calls
GH is nearly booked. Exciting stuff. Have been told to make sure my records are sorted and my queen rearing is evidenced and show why I picked which queen to mate from. Did the GH course last year ao plenty of notes and advice to go back over. Kit to put into piles for tasks… Continue reading GH
This book on Amazon is excellent. It’s the BBKA guide to BeeKeeping. Make sure you buy the second edition – the yellow cover not the purple one. It’s got everything you need in it to start beekeeping – although my advice of join a local group still stands. You need hands on support when you… Continue reading Best book for new beekeepers
Perfect smoker for either a new beekeeper or someone who wants a spare Cheapest honey bee smoker in the UK £7.59 FREE UK delivery. Stainless Steel construction. Fire Guard. Protective safety guard to help prevent burns. Perforated base plate which can be removed for easier cleaning. 11 inches (28cm) tall and 4 inches (10 cm)… Continue reading Cheapest smoker in the UK
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I’ve read The Behaviour & Social Life of Honeybees (1953) R Ribbands over the last couple of weeks. I’m not going to read Winston, well a couple of chapters. And then I will start revising properly. The young beekeeper who came to our group this year to learn about bees is applying to see if… Continue reading Revision