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Out in the field with 3 yr old grandson

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Starting him early, grandson, aged 3 out checking the bees…..already understands bees pollinate 1/3 of our food.

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Saturday 8th July

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Surrey Bees Training at the Pyrford & Mayford Flower Show – come and meet the bees, taste various honey, buy scented candles, furniture polish, lip balms all made from our bees wax. Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, Woking from 12:30

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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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RHS Wisley Family Gardening Show

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At the Family Gardening show today until Sunday-wonderful weather, great audience, very busy! Do come along….don’t miss this great event.  

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Class Of 2016

100% Passes and ALL CREDITS! – Basic Assessments

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Basic Assessment candidates who not only all passed their BBKA Basic Assessment BUT ALL received Credits! What a fabulous team of 18 students! The photo shows them as newbies the year previous. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the other intermediate classes soon.    

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Frame of Sealed Brood

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The Queen had certainly done her job on this frame, filling every single cell with an egg, difficult to find a more complete frame of sealed brood!  

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Bee Microscopy for 3 year olds…………

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Even a 3 year old can learn to dissect a bee. Here’s one Surrey Bees member, aged 3, dissecting a worker, under a stereo to view it’s legs, hairs, eyes and antenna up close.

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The class of 2017

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The New Beekeepers of 2017 finishing their Theory Course. Now to go out in the field and the practical – hopefully putting what we’ve learnt into practise with their own colonies, at the training apiary, building them up over the spring and summer months to take honey off in August.  

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