Intermediate Beekeeping Course

Maybe you did a beginners beekeeping course, then someone gave you a split from their colony, or you got a swarm, or the nucleus hive you ordered arrived ?  You survived your first  season of beekeeping ! Hurrah, they got through the winter. With the new season you realise it’s quite some time since your…

Roger Patterson BIFA day. Sat 4th March.

Booking  Roger Patterson to deliver his Bee Improvement for All day was a long time ambition for me. Finally, last Saturday, it all came together. Roger runs these courses for BIBBA ( Bee Imrovement and Bee Breeders Association http://bibba.com)  and is the inheritor of the famous Dave Cushman website http://www.dave-cushman.netsite http://www.dave-cushman.net, which is an unparalleled resource for…

Hard Graft ? Nah, it was easy ! Sunday 26th Feb.

We beekeepers like to think about what our bees will need in terms of forage (food), and look for both nectar and pollen rich sources. Native fruit trees are great, as they provide an early source of food for bees when the colonies are building up in the spring. Many of these native varieties are…

Hive building !

We were lucky enough to receive funding from Gateshead Council, and have begun using this fund to get the bee club fully prepared for the upcoming season. With an eye to both quality and price we bough Maisemore flatpack hives, and also raided Thorne’s sales ! On Saturday 11th February we woke up to find…

Free Talk 7th March Newcastle Uni.

  Tuesday 7 March – 5.30 in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University (free, open to all         Technologies for Bee Health         Mike Brown, Head of the National Bee Unit, Animal and Plant Health Agency        The Bee Unit delivers the government’s Healthy Bees Plan – a major component of the Unit’s work is       …

Monthly Talk 31st January

“This month’s talk in our winter series is by  Keith Bartlem “Thermoregulation in the hive” Keith is an airline pilot, and very experienced beekeeper and lecturer.” Usual time -7.00-9.00 St Helen’s Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell. Tyne & Wear NE9 6BR Understanding how, why, and when  bees monitor and alter the hive temperature is…

Disaster at the Saltwell Park Apiary

I received a call from a park manager at Saltwell Park to say that the Saltwell Apiary had been vandalised overnight by some ‘naughty boys’. I called over this morning to find that the straps had been loosened, the hive floor was out of place and the crown board had been moved. I tried to put…

Bee Improvement Day for All

In conjunction with the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) Tyneside BKA and Hexham BKA will each be holding a “Bee Improvement for All” day with the renowned  Roger Patterson. These are part of a number that BIBBA will be staging throughout the U.K. on a regional basis. We have tried to select a…

Home Sweet Home

So chuffed to bits that we now have access the “The Avenue Pavilion” at Saltwell Park. I’ve always wanted a Bowling Pavilion,  and now we have one. Apparently there might be croquet starting on the old bowling green, so we can relax in style with a game after an apiary session. Beekeepers with croquet mallets….what…

November Meeting 29 Nov

Hello – a reminder for everyone that the next meeting is on Tuesday next week – 29 November, 7pm start. Venue: The meeting venue is at our new regular location of St Helens Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6BR We have an excellent guest speaker coming – Julia Piggot:  Julia is  the new…

The Saltwell apiary is tucked up for winter

Our new beehive at Saltwell Park was prepared for winter a few weeks ago. Today I popped the lid to see how it’s doing. Preparing a hive for winter is an easy task. There are a few simple tasks required, including: blocking the entrance of the hive with the winter entrance block. This only allows a…