background preloader

British Beekeepers Association (BBKA)

British Beekeepers Association (BBKA)
The BBKA was set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It is the UK's leading organisation representing beekeepers. We promote: the importance of bees in the environmentsupport for beekeepers through education necessary to maintain healthy colonies of honey beesawareness of the craft of beekeeping On behalf of our members, we lobby Government, the EU and Official Bodies on the importance of providing adequate funding for honey bee research. Do you think you have a swarm of bees?

Related:  Bees

Clearer Boards (Bee Escape Boards) The terms "Clearer" Board and "Escape" board are used interchangeably on this page and other pages on this site that deal with escapes. It is much easier for the beekeeper to remove the honey crop if the density of bees in the supers is reduced. Some people expect the supers to be completely free of bees... Whilst this can be achieved it takes longer and requires more than one visit to the apiary. I have always worked on the principle that the method should only involve one visit and should not involve a "waiting" period.

Beekeeping » Build It Yourself Plans for Building Hives, Frames and More This popular section of offers downloadable “build-it-yourself” plans in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will be able to open PDF files after installing the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is a reliable product, widely used, and available free for Windows or Macintosh operating systems. With this powerful software, you can view and print a PDF file at any resolution to any home printer, at an office center such as Kinko’s, or at a commercial offset or digital printing company. You will need Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher to open these files. A Note About Copyrights Urban Bees Is there a beekeeper near me? We have been asked many times from aspiring beekeepers if we know of beekeepers in their area. This has led us to create a way of mapping the locations of existing and aspiring beekeepers.

The Coolest DIY Project On The Planet And It's So Simple To Create I always thought graffiti was just someone with spray paint creating cool designs in public areas. However, there’s something even more cooler and it’s called Moss Graffiti. Here’s what you’ll need: Traditional beekeepingPollination by Honeybees in the Philippines Traditional beekeeping for the Ligwan and other ‘hive bees’ ‘Hive bees’ are those bees that naturally make their colonies inside holes in trees or in the ground, and so can be kept inside a hollowed out tree trunk or basket or box or pot of some kind that can be made from many different materials. (There is Egyptian art of around 4,500 years ago that shows some form of beehive being used.) In some countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East bees may be kept inside cavities built into house walls. This keeps bees safe from predators and protected from extremes of heat or cold. The purpose of a hive is to encourage the bees to build their nests in such a way that it is easy for the beekeeper to manage and maintain them.

Top Bar Hive Design Plans - Learning Beekeeping Top Bar Hive Design Plans Top Bar Hives are Beautiful in Simplicity They are the minimum needed for a movable comb hive. Heat A Room For Only 15 Cents A Day! Wanting to cut costs on the energy bill, especially now that temperatures are dropping for the season? Economics may be one reason to seek more sustainable energy sources, but this inventive way to heat the house is also purely fascinating. Journalist, YouTuber, and boat owner Dylan Winter created his DIY heater using tea lights and placed inside a bread tin and covered with two ceramic flowerpots. This creative system uses the scientific principles of convection heat transfer and, according to Winter, can heat his home for around 8 hours a day. His YouTube Channel KeepTurningLeft shows how the method works: The tea lights are first put into a bread loaf tin and covered with a small upside-down flower pot. The hole in the top of the upside-down pot is covered with the metal casing leftover from one of the tea lights.

Honey bee Etymology and name[edit] The genus name Apis is Latin for "bee".[3] Origin, systematics and distribution[edit] Distribution of honey bees around the world Natural Substances For Mite Control In Honey Bees The use of natural oils and other substances in the pursuit of mite control in honey bee colonies. This document mainly covers the calibration of LD 50 doses of essential oils with respect to honey bees. Natural or "essential" oils are produced by plants in order to repel predatory insects or to render the plant in some way toxic to the insect if ingested. Snails from Your Garden to Your Table Quoting from Escargots From Your Garden to Your Table by Francois Picart (F. Picart Snails, 1978), pages 53 to 57: "Once collected, the snails must be sorted by size. You are looking for adults since they are the valuable food items. Leave the juveniles to fatten and grow.

Apis dorsata Apis dorsata, the giant honey bee, is a honey bee of South and Southeast Asia, found mainly in forested areas such as the Terai of Nepal and sometimes even in Malaysia and Singapore. They are typically around 17–20 mm (0.7–0.8 in) long in size. Nests are mainly built in exposed places far off the ground, like on tree limbs, under cliff overhangs, and sometimes on buildings. These social bees are known for their aggressive defense strategies and vicious behavior when disturbed. Indigenous peoples have traditionally used this species as a source of honey and beeswax, a practice known as honey hunting.[1] Taxonomy and Phylogeny[edit]

Warre Bee Hive Construction Guide - The Bee Space Welcome to the Warre Hive Construction Guide brought to you by The Bee Space. In this guide you will learn how to build a complete Warre beehive. A Warre (pronounced war-ray) hive is a vertical or supered top bar hive that is simple to build and easy to use. Apis cerana Apis cerana, or the Asiatic honey bee (or the eastern honey bee), is a species of honey bee found in southern and southeastern Asia, including China, Pakistan, India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. This species is the sister species of Apis koschevnikovi, and both are in the same subgenus as the western (European) honey bee, Apis mellifera.[1][2][3][4] A. cerana is known to live sympatrically as well with Apis koschevnikovi within the same geographic location.[5] Apis cerana colonies are known for building nests consisting of multiple combs in cavities containing a small entrance, presumably for defense against invasion by individuals of another nest.[6] The diet of this honey bee species consists mostly of pollen and nectar, or honey.[7] Moreover, Apis cerana is known for its highly social behavior, reflective of its classification as a type of honey bee.[4] Taxonomy and Phylogeny[edit]