14 August 2020Wide range of National hive bits and pieces for sale.

See Market Place for details of the balance of Ken Mackenzie's National hive bits and pieces. Contact Ken directly for prices.


14 August 2020Latest from Ann Chilcott - Beelistener well worth a read.

Her blog centres on "Who needs a mentor". This is particularly relevant given a discussion at Wednesday's Committee meeting.

02 August 2020Safe handling of Amitraz based products when treating for varroa

This link will take you to a documant issued by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

16 July 2020Looking for a present for the grandchildren?

This might fit the bill.

I have recently published a follow up to my story for children on Amazon called "Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow". This one is called "Busy Bee and the Silent Spring" and is named after Rachel Carson's 1962 book where she took on the agrochemical industry. All these years later and we are still trying to rid ourselves of environmentally damaging chemicals.
In this story the bees have to find out why all the creatures are beginning to feel unwell. They discover a farmer who is using banned pesticides and have to find a way to stop him.
Busy Bee and the Silent Spring is available from Amazon as an eBook and printed paperback and is for the 8 to 12 year old reader.
If you have any members with children or grandchildren could you mention this story to them? The Scottish Beekeepers Association think it is good enough to put a copy in their Edinburgh library.
I can send you a synopsis or a pdf of some of the chapters of the story if you would like to take a look at it.
Regards Paul (Author -Paul Noël)

Latest book - Busy Bee and the Silent Spring

Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L

Blog - https://paulpaddington.wordpress.com/

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Web - www.junagarhmedia.co.uk

13 July 2020URGENT - Supplementary feeding

We have just received this message from our member Jane Thomson; 

I fed all my colonies this weekend bar one....and looked through a friends bees to find minimal stores on a medium sized colony, no eggs or brood even though they saw brood 2 weeks ago, so I suggested giving them a good feed and checking them next weekend.

 I know that where I am (Muir of Ord area)  there is little for them at the moment until the heather blooms.

12 July 2020Wildflower paths and bees - very interesting article.

The link below will take you to an article in the Guardian. Thanks to Angie for the suggestion. Always happy to show links to bee related sites.


12 July 2020Excellent website - description of Lime trees and their usefulness to bees

This link will take you to an article on Lime Trees. Here at Findon we always hope for a good nectar flow and foraging from our Lime Trees which are now in full flower. The photograph of the bee carrying pollen hasn't helped our researches. We are seeing a lot of Lime Green pollen being taken into the colonies and our Pollen Colour chart suggests a range of plants we wouldn't assume to be plentiful here. The pollen colour guides on our website suggest that Lime Blossom pollen is bright green (scroll to bottom of page.)

This web page has a different approach to identifying plants to pollen colour.

11 July 2020Photographs of Novices' meeting this afternoon now available in Gallery.

10 July 2020Request from Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate

As a result of recent outbreaks of American and European Foul Brood across Scotland, Luis Molero Lopez has issued this request. Once again it is a request that all Scottish Beekeepers register their hives on Beebase. The full details of the Scottish Goverment's request can be found here.

Matthew Richardson, our SBA Bee Health and Science Officer, has kindly provided some guidance and useful links on good beekeeping practices including apiary hygiene and disease inspections. To view this advice in full please click here.

03 July 2020An interesting article from Australia.

If you are still looking for interesting articles to read then this might be suitable. My thanks to Easter Ross Beekeepers for providing the link from their Facebook page.

01 July 2020Thorne - Instagram page

For those of you into Social Media this link will give you details of the Instagram page for Thorne.

27 June 2020Two videos - How honeybees perform queen duets

Two videos demonstrating the noises queens make.

The new video can be viewed here

Scientists using highly sensitive vibration detectors have decoded honeybee queens' "tooting and quacking" duets in the hive.

Worker bees make new queens by sealing eggs inside special cells with wax and feeding them royal jelly.

The queens quack when ready to emerge - but if two are free at the same time, they will fight to the death. So when one hatches, its quacks turn to toots, telling the workers to keep the others - still quacking - captive.

23 June 2020Latest newsletter from the SBA

This link will download the latest SBA newsletter.

18 June 2020Petition to protect the billions oF bees used in the Californian Almond Industry,

This link will take you to the page explaining the necessity for the petition to protect bees.

13 June 2020Video of Jane Thomson's fundraising haircut

So far Jane has raied £2500 - a wonderful achievement.


09 June 2020Series of online lectures (webinars) available.

This link will take you to details of a series of online lectures. As I understand it each lecture/webinar cost £2.50 but as each webinar and the following question and answer session is recorded you watch the replay at a later date, and even go back and catch up on a lecture you missed.

09 June 2020New publication from Bee Craft available.

"Bee Space to Bee Hive" 

This is the first of two books written by Andrew Gibb in collaboration with the late Ann Harman from the USA and provides a wealth of information for students of Module 8 of the BBKA examination. It will also be of interest to all those curious to know how beekeeping has developed over the centuries, using the beekeepers' ingenuity to solve problems associated with colony management. One of the chapters from this book was printed in our March 2020 edition, but is now available as a sample article on our website.

There are also many other articles on a variety of topics for new or aspiring beekeepers to read to help them while practical training has for the most part been cancelled.  Our website has a great deal of useful information including a comprehensive glossary of beekeeping terms.  Experienced beekeepers use these words so frequently they tend to forget it is a different language for new people to understand.

Through ‘The Buzz’ page on our website, then our ‘Courses’ link there are a number of upcoming webinars run by Ken Basterfield, an experienced Bee Farmer, which look to provide useful information on a variety of topics, so a useful resource for all.

Quick reminder that Father's Day is on 21st June.  Any orders for gift subscriptions or books need to be ordered by no later than 16th June to ensure timely delivery.

05 June 2020Two videos re. Asian Hornet.

This link will take you to a BBC news item of a few days ago on the Asian Hornet and the request to be vigilant in looking for and reporting sightings of the Asian Hornet. 

You can also monitor for the arrival of the hornet by making your own monitoring trap, details for this and instructions can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR6MUekAjMo 

28 May 2020Photographs and videos of swarm entering a nuc bait hive.

The photographs and videos are available through the "Gallery" page. 

The bait hive is mounted on a redundant climbing frame in the chicken area and the chickens were so confused when the swarm was occuring! In the bait hive was drawn foundation (5 frames).

28 May 2020New subject created in the Blog.

I have created a new subject in the Blog titled "Random Colony behaviour" with an entry from Jane Thomson.

There hasn't been any "traffic" on the Blog for the past 2 weeks and I can't tell if it is due to my still confusing folk as to how to use it and ask questions or whether no one has found a need for it. Please let me know if further explantion s required.


22 May 2020{Early swarming} - paper from Arthur Hill

A copy of Arthur's paper on "Early Swarming" can be downloaded from the Library here.  

18 May 2020Latest offerings from BeeCraft.

This is a recent email they circulated.

Use this link to be able to view a free copy of the April magazine.

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