BBKA – 2018 Honey Harvest is third bigger than last years

22 October 2018 The annual honey survey by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) shows honeybees survived the difficult climate this year and produced a crop of honey a third bigger than last years. The results show that the honey crop was, on average, just over 30lbs of honey per hive, or just under 14 kilos … Continue reading BBKA – 2018 Honey Harvest is third bigger than last years

2 Asian Hornets found in 2 days at Dungeness in Kent

15th October 2018 It's just been confirmed that two Asian Hornets have been found in Dungeness in Kent over the weekend. One was on ivy in someone's garden and the other was found at the Dungeness Bird Observatory. Members of the Animal and Plant Health Agency have visited the sites to collect the hornets and … Continue reading 2 Asian Hornets found in 2 days at Dungeness in Kent

A New Dimension to My Beekeeping – Microscopy

I recently purchased a microscope, mainly to use for checking samples in our hedgehog rescue, but also to add a new string to my beekeeping bow. The kit I purchased comes with a USB ocular, so that I can look at, and take pictures via my computer monitor. Here are a few pictures of the … Continue reading A New Dimension to My Beekeeping – Microscopy

Asian Hornet nest confirmed in Hampshire

26th September 2018 - Asian Hornet Update A report of an Asian hornet sighting made on the 22/09/18 by a member of the public in New Alresford, Hampshire and was found the following day by the National Bee Unit. The nest has been destroyed and sent for laboratory examination. The NBU are also investigating a report of a single hornet on the south coast of Hampshire. … Continue reading Asian Hornet nest confirmed in Hampshire

Asian hornet: Second Fowey nest destroyed

The National Bee Unit has located and destroyed a second Asian hornet nest in Fowey, Cornwall. The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees. Investigation work by the National Bee Unit has continued in … Continue reading Asian hornet: Second Fowey nest destroyed

We have a winner – or two!

A very good first ever honey show for Lytchett Bay Apiaries, and I won what I considered to be the creme-de-la-creme, first prize for my honey in the Commercial Section. I got two First places for honey, a second for honey, a second place for Honey cake, a second for photography, a third place for … Continue reading We have a winner – or two!

Not quite right…

I've been rendering and cleaning wax for entering into the honey show, and moulded some wax yesterday to see how it came out. The 8oz blocks were a dismal fail, I must've got some water (probably from steam) into the wax, because this happened; This would have been my entry into class10; Class 10                    One … Continue reading Not quite right…

Spending Money made from honey

Today was the day to collect the new beekeeping equipment I had pre-ordered from E.H Thorne's open day at Stockbridge in Hampshire, it's an hour and a half drive up, but it was a lovely day for it. It was nice to meet several members of the local beekeeping association there too - and the … Continue reading Spending Money made from honey

Asian hornet: Fowey nest destroyed as two new sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull

Two more sightings of Asian hornets have been confirmed and surveillance activity is underway. Published 10 September 2018 From:  Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Lord Gardiner of Kimble The National Bee Unit has called for the public to report any suspected Asian hornets after two further confirmed sightings in Liskeard, Cornwall and … Continue reading Asian hornet: Fowey nest destroyed as two new sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull

Hornet Nest Hunting in Jersey

The BBKA recently published an article about searching for Asian Hornet nests on the Island of Jersey. This shows the difficulties they are having, and just how quickly the spread of the invasive hornet is taking place. This does not bode well for the mainland UK, with an Asian Hornet recently having been captured alive … Continue reading Hornet Nest Hunting in Jersey