New Beginnings !

Apologies for the long silence, I have a broken wrist so typing is the slow. I’m now learning to dictate to my computer, 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 and…

Feeding Bees !

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

Garden and surprises good and bad !

We put a call out for volunteers to come last Wednesday to do maintenance on the equipments and garden and a lovely crowd of beekeepers showed up to help. The garden has become overgrown with Ash and Sycamore which have distorted and blocked light from the plants at the back of the garden. They overshadowed…

It’s all about The Birds and The Bees !

The 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. It was then turned over to use…

FoSP Bees talk and LYP

It seems TBKA now does an annual talk to Friends of Saltwell Park http://www.friendsofsaltwellpark.co.uk , and as before there is a grand welcome of tea, biccies and friendly faces.   FoSP does such an amazing job of looking after the park, putting on events and fostering projects. Our apiary is there because they actively encouraged…

Bees for Schools and Schools for Bees !

This year we have worked with 3 fantastic schools just near Saltwell Park! Two had already been doing projects about bees, and had not known 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…

An Inspector Calls !

If you look closely you can see the logo on this bee suit says ‘National Bee Unit” http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?sectionid=43 NBU delivers the bee health programme for DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs). All beekeepers are encourage to sign up to BeeBase where they can keep hive inspection records, and (securely) let DEFRA know the location…

Upcoming event- Sat May 5th 2018 SBDI Chris Appleby

Event– Apiary Meeting Time 14.00-16.00 prompt start. Location Avenue Bowling , Saltwell Park, Gateshead. Contact Barbara Keating – chair.tynesidebees@gmail.com Details Chris Appleby, the Seasonal Bee Diseases Inspector,  will be doing a health check on our two colonies. He also has permission to make this a training session, so even if you are experienced it’s worth…

Gardening for our bees.

Well, this was grand ! A bunch of lovely young volunteers from the Church of the Latterday Saints, who are in the UK for a few months, came along to do their usual Saltwell park tidy up. Once I managed to get them away from the charms of Mr Darcy and Casper, the Samoyeds, we…

Bees Banquet !

This is a bit long, but there are nice pics and a link to Vimeo…….. Over a period of a few weeks Tyneside Beekeepers put together a day celebrating bees, what they eat, and how it relates to human food, and to pilot a new piece of art work as part of the Tyne and…

Two successes for the Tyneside Beekeepers at the ADM

Alternative title ? Two go mad in Leamington Spa ? For those of you not familiar with beekeeping, the national organisation of beekeepers in England  is the British Beekeepers Association. It is made up of affiliated clubs, each of which sends a delegate to an annual meeting to debate propositions and  nominations etc. Last year…

Talking and listening….

The talking bit of the title refers to the first talk of the winter season, given by Ben Hopkinson of Alnwick Beekeepers Association. Ben gave a hugely entertaining and informative talk about his Beekeeping Safari with Bees for Development http://www.beesfordevelopment.org   Ben and a few other beekeepers travelled to Vietnam, and toured widely over a two…