Save the date ! Bees are taking over the GNM Hancock Museum for a day all about pollinators around “Dippy on Tour “!

Tyneside Beekeepers Association cordially invites you to spend a day filled with adventures about honeybees and the other creatures who share their ecosystem. You’ll get such a buzz, you’ll leave with a love of the wild to last a life time. https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/dippy-on-tour It’s a mix of scientific research and family friendly fun. You’ll find all…

Swarms and splits, and new folk.

Every year I say how unusual the year is since I took up beekeeping. It’s a hobby which makes you acutely aware of the whole ecosystem surrounding you. Flowers, trees, temperatures, wind, cloud, what farmers nearby are growing – all become so important. This winter was unusual as all the colonies had laying queens. This…

It’s all kicking off ! Springgg

All our colonies had laying queens over winter, meaning no break in brood (baby bee) production. You can tell a lot about a colony without opening the hive, which we don’t do unless absolutely necessary, between wintering down in late September and around Easter. Opening the hive causes a drop in the temperature and the…

Winter is still here, and so are the mites!

Winter is the time we leave the bees alone as much as possible. We stay indoors, reading, cleaning and repairing kit, making hive produce and dreaming of the day when we can open the hive and check our precious bees made it through winter. Traditionally there is a period where the queen stops laying eggs…

New Beginnings

Apologies for the long silence, I have a broken wrist so typing is slow. I’m now learning to dictate to my computer, but that’s also slow! Our apiary at Whickham has been wonderful starting point for our bee breeding adventures, and club meetings. We have shared this site with G WK woodshed, an up cycling…

Feeding Bees

Gateshead Council and Friends of Saltwell Park planted loads of wildflower seeds this year. These will help our bees in the park, and raise awareness of what bees like to eat. They found some things work better than others, so the ones in the wildlife area didn’t do quite as well as the ones in…

Garden – and surprises good and bad.

Volunteers were called together last Wednesday and a lovely crowd of beekeepers showed up to help. Our apiary garden had become overgrown with Ash and Sycamore saplings. They blocked light to our pollinator friendly plants and needed removing. We also needed to move a raised bed. We showed up on Wednesday and…. Keith had moved…

It’s all about The Birds and The Bees.

our apiary in Saltwell Park is inside the bird feeding area. I found out last week that there used to be a giant draughts board marked out here. We’ll have to look into the archives and see if we can find any images of it in use. The end wooden wall on the right of…

Bees for Schools and Schools for Bees

This year we have worked with three fantastic schools near Saltwell Park. Two had bee projects but didn’t know about us. Our team of Barbara, Walaa, Keith, Suzanne and David did so much work to make this all happen. Well done us, and here’s to doing more work with them all next year. We took…