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Tips for finding your queen.

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Tips for finding your queen. There are times when seeing eggs to know your colony is queen right is just not enough and you may need to find your queen to perhaps make a split or carry out a manipulation or just to mark a new queen (only mark a new queen when she is definitely in lay and you …

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Introducing a new queen to a queenless colony.

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So you have determined that your colony is queenless and you’ve purchased a new queen from a reputable beekeeper. The queen normally arrives in a cage with a few attendants and plastic closed end which can be opened and replaced with fondant, if they have already eaten the fondant which they have travelled with. The first thing to do is …

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Is your hive queenless?

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If you’ve gone through your colony and can’t find eggs or the queen how do you check its queenless before purchasing a new queen (from a reputable beekeeper)? This is where having a second hive comes in handy…….. Take a frame of eggs from another disease free hive – shake off the bees into the colony they have come from …

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More Than Honey – Free Exclusive Film – 22 Feb

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We held a very successful showing of the Film, More Than Honey with nearly 50 attendees at the Good Shepherd in February. Our thanks go to Friends of the Earth who worked with Surrey Bees in order to provide the film and licence to show the film to a crowd. Much cake was eaten and tea drunk before the film started, finishing off …

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Queen Rearing Course

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Available early May – Queen Rearing Courses, demonstrates the Jenter method. Queens reared will be provided to those attending course. All candidates on Basic Assessment training will be invited to participate in Queen rearing as part of their extended program. Contact Surrey Bees Training now for Queen Rearing courses.

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BBKA Basic Assessment Course

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We are half way through the winter Workshops for the BBKA Basic Assessment. Still to come Swarm Management & Disease / Pests. These will be followed by 8 weeks of Practical Hands on, culminating in a Mock Assessment before the Assessment Day at one of the SBT Apiary sites. The practical sessions start mid/end March, depending on weather. If you …

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Oxalic Demo & only one sting!

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We held a very successful Oxalic Acid Demo, at our Pyrford apiary on Sunday 12 Jan, with 20 attendees. The weather was crisp but sunny, perfect temperature for the bees clustering and we managed to rescue our temporary ‘clubhouse’ (marquee) before it blew away. Members stood keeping warm with tea, coffee and chocolate whilst they were taken through through the …

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Practical Beginners Course – starts Wed March 26th

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Practical Beginners Course – starts Wed March 26th from 7pm Hands on practical course for new beekeepers – places limited, book now to avoid disappointment! Held at Pyrford Apiary (houses 20+ hives). Buy nuc, hive and learn how to build your colony to produce honey by this summer. Support provided weekly for first year. Contact Surrey Bees.

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Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey products

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SBT had an interesting two days in Guildford High Street, supporting Crabtree & Evelyn with their new product launch which contains English honey. We spoke to lots of people to spread the word about honeybees and their decline. Many were interested in bees, and from it we hope to have recruited a few more to beekeepers. See link for details …

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New Year, New Hobby?

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Need a new hobby? Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation. You may want to keep bees for the delicious fresh honey they produce, for the benefits of their valuable services as pollinators, or perhaps simply for the enjoyment of learning more about one of nature’s most interesting insects. Almost anyone can keep bees. …

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