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West Wales Bee Breeding Program Natural Beekeeping | Free Plans | Swarm Trap Lite The best things in life are free, and bees are no exception. A good swarm trap is really all you need to get started in beekeeping. The first season I put ten swarm traps out, five swarms moved in! That is a 50% success rate, and others report up to 80% success with the swarm traps described in Fedor Lazutin’s Keeping Bees With a Smile. The model below has a volume of 53 liters or 14 gallons (“my favorite size!”). Cut a 4’ x 8’ sheet of 19/32” plywood as shown. Cut a 4’ x 8’ sheet of 1/4” plywood as shown below. Cut frame rests (3/8” by 7/16” rabbets) along the top inner edge of front and back walls, and a horizontal entrance slit (1/2” high by 4” long) on the front wall. The box is ready to assemble. Put it on the side, apply wood glue, and nail the side wall using small thin nails (I use 3/4” nails or 1/2” staples). Now let’s make the top. The only thing left is to install aluminum flashing. The swarm trap is ready to be painted and put to use. Materials list Equipment used A few tips

Queen bees An isolation mating programme was set up for the production of queens during 2005 enabling Queens to be available for sale in limited numbers. These bees are good tempered and as they are the native bee in the UK, are best suited to our climate. They fly in cooler conditions and over winter well. Far superior to the poor quality imported bees, or bad tempered cross-breeds! Beekeepers please call if you are interested in buying queens, or if you want to join our queen rearing group. Queens fully booked for 2010, as we are supplying local beekeepers to improve local bees. Honey Date and Nut Cake This cake has a craggy broken top. Our bees have been busy. Contact:Geoff Critchley15 Lon Cilan, Cilcain, Mold, CH7 5PL.Tel: 01352 740991.E-mail:Geoff@HoneyHouse.biz Click on the photo for a larger image.

Swarm Traps and Bait Hives | Natural Beekeeping by Dr Leo Sharashkin, Editor, Keeping Bees With a Smile Catching swarms is exceedingly simple. A gorgeous swarm enters a bait hive set up by Klaus Langpohl, Nova Scotia, Canada. Please drink responsibly Feral honey bee colonies are a precious resource which can be diminished through trapping. The right sort of bees Beekeeping begins with the bees. But what is the alternative? The best things in life are free. Feral honey bees are more resilient and healthy. There is a bee tree in the woods near my house. “Now that is the kind of bees I’d like to have in my hives,” I thought. How do you get these bees from the bee tree into your hives? The mass of bees (often tens of thousands of them) that emerge from their old home is called a swarm. Bee welcome — swarm traps that work There are many swarm trap models, and even an empty carton can catch you a swarm. Nuc boxes are too small to be effective, with too small of an entrance, and usually require a special rack to install. Hanging a swarm trap

Diary of a novice bee-keeper So exactly what is natural comb anyway? | Backyard Ecosystem What is natural comb? What is foundation? What do you mean by foundationless? It is apparent there is a lot of confusion out there surrounding this. I think this post will make things crystal clear! Most chemicaly managed hives are full of nasty old comb drawn over foundation by a hive of bees in the late 1950’s. Here is a photo of a standard Langstroth frame with new foundation. Wrong. Here is a photo of a standard Langstroth frame with new foundation. Why didn’t they use the foundation? So what can we do to make the bees happy and make it easier for us to harvest the honey and remove old comb to make way for beautiful, fresh, clean wax? You can see the starter strip here. You can see the bees are festooning on the frame to sketch out the area where they want to start making comb. Here you can see a fresh new natural comb started and already partially filled with honey. Here you can see they have almost filled the frame. Much like the original photograph with one critical difference.

FAQ 2 About Honey Bees: All the sort of things you might be interested in as a non-beekeeper. I wrote this FAQ before I'd ever heard of FAQ's and I called it 'Common Questions about Honey Bees'. When collecting swarms I would chat to the panicking 'victims' and generally win them around to being interested in the life of the honey bee. This was OK but I soon realised that people were often asking the same questions and sometimes I didn't have time to give the whole answer. Eventually I got around to writing down all the answers to the typical questions asked. The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally, Bush Bees, by Michael Bush english, español, deutsch, русском, română, polsku, беларускай, 2018 Bee Camp this coming May Speaking. Click here to see if I will be somewhere close to you. FINALLY!!! Biological Beekeeping--The Way Back, by Dee and Ed Lusby Amazon US Details: Cloth Cover Hardback 6 x 9 in. This book is about how to move from conventional beekeeping methods to a system of natural beekeeping. This book is full color with awesome pictures and good advice: $40 Details: Paperback 8 1/2 x 11 in. If you've been frustrated at the lack of an index for my book "The Practical Beekeeper", click here for one in pdf form. Now back to your regular programming... I suppose you'd have to be living under a rock these days to have not heard that the honey bees and beekeepers are in trouble. "People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." It seems like there is some controversy over whether it is even possible to keep bees without treatments. Unsustainable beekeeping system Beekeeping Pests News

www.montybees.org.uk British Bee Keepers Association endorses Bayer pesticides January 10 2011 Since 2001, the British Bee Keepers Association has been receiving in the region of £17,500 per annum from pesticide manufacturers Bayer, Syngenta, BASF and Belchim in return for the BBKA's endorsement of several insecticides as 'bee-friendly'. The BBKA policy of accepting money from such corporations, taken without consulting the membership, has been condemned by many of its members, other European bee keeping associations and some NGOs as unethical. While the Executive have now changed their mind again and claim to be about to drop the direct endorsement of pesticides, they have not ruled out accepting money from pesticide manufacturers under other pretexts. And there are still some very important questions that remain unanswered. We call on the BBKA to sever all financial ties to manufacturers, sellers and promoters of any substance known to be or likely to be toxic to bees or other insects. Philip Chandler, Friends of the Bees Dr. This letter is supported by: Yours

Oswestry Beekeepers Association Welcome to Standing as it does in the Marches, between the Welsh mountains and the meres of the North Shropshire plain, the market town of Oswestry has a violent history which can be traced from prehistoric times with the iron age fort 'Old Oswestry' (ca. 550 B.C.), through Roman marching camps, pagan-Christian battlefields (A.D. 642 - the pagans won), and frequent sackings by both the Welsh and the Normans between 1215 and 1400. Nowadays things are quieter except for the occasional road rage on the A5, Telford's London-Holyhead road. Bees around Oswestry may lack the abundant bee forage available in some other parts of the country, but there is usually a crop to be had from dandelion in the spring, and perhaps field beans later on, then heather honey for those adventurous enough to move their bees up into the mountains in late summer. And there is Oil-seed Rape.

LESSON 56: COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Hello From Long Lane Honey Bee Farms! We are David & Sheri Burns and we are passionate about beekeeping. We started out keeping bees as a hobby and the hobby went wild. For us, beekeeping is a blast. If you are considering becoming a beekeeper next year, then now is the time to prepare. So, my nose is glue in books every spare moment I have. We've added two new features to our web presence: LESSON 56: COMMON QUESTIONS ADDRESSED We receive so many questions from beekeepers around the world. And I've just thrown in random beekeeping pictures for your enjoyment. Q... A... Q... A... Q...Good afternoon, Mr. A... Q... A... Q... A... Q... Thanks so much for your time,Nadina A... Q... A... Q... But basically, wait until the warmest day possible, maybe upper 30s or 40s (f) or 50s is better, and just briefly open up the hive to peek and make sure there is plenty of stored honey next to the cluster. Q... A... Q...Hello David, I have really enjoyed your beekeeping lessons online. 1. 2. Tim

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