BidFoods workshop

I was invited to talk to employees at the Gateshead branch of BidFoods depot. They are running a sustainability project, and doing it very well. Their information about bees and their importance is really well done. The people I talked to today were from as far as Galashiels , and South into Helmsley in Yorkshire….

It’s been a while….

It’s been a while since I had time to let you know what’s been happening… We have a colony on the main apiary at last, bought from Jane Lewis at Stamfordham bees. Two nucs had been on order from somewhere else, but they didn’t make it through the winter. The colony at Whickham was on…

Tony Jefferson !

We had a great speaker for our final winter season talk, just the way to round things off and fire us with enthusiasm for the season….not that we aren’t fired up already……in fact some of us have already had a peep in our hives. Tony learned beekeeping from his father Alan, who I once had…

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…