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Practical Guides

Quick links to practical guides on bee related things, please suggest links to be included!

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Apis Melifera
Honeybee information

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Bailey Comb exchange
Bailey Comb Exchange

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Dave Cushmans extraordinary website containing many things beekeeping related, old school with loks of references and drawings abut making your own equipment. HERE

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Feeding you Bees

What? When? and How?

BBKA Feeding Fondant Forum

BBKA Forum on Feeding Syrup to Bees

Beekeeping recipies for Bees

BBKA Bee feeding note

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Oxalic Acid treatment for Varroa from Scientific Beekeeping

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Queen cells

Queen cells what to do!

Queen re-introduction
How to re-queen you colony if the colony has difficulties such as behaviour or disease. A BBKA simple fact sheet is here

Another article on re-queening with purchased Queens from National Bee Supplies here
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Swarm Control

Artificial swarm control

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Wasps – Wasp traps

Vespula Vulgaris – The common Wasp

Vespula Germanica – The German wasp

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Wasps and Wasp Traps

Wasps and bees have been neighbours and enemies for a very long time, both are social insects, in that they live in social groups for their common benefit. The most common species of wasps in the UK are Vespula Germanica and Vespula Vulgaris Bees live all year in their colonies feeding on nectar and pollen, …

Skep and Skep making

A Skep is a traditional straw or reed bee-hive, like this example above made by Paul Johnson (TBKA). There are many types available worldwide using traditional methods, usually involving straw, rattan or willow. A lot of traditional Skeps were a seasonal way of keeping Bees for harvesting honey, at the end of the process the bees …

Winter-proofing your hives

Hive types There are many types of Hive, made from an increasing variety of materials, Wood, Polystyrene and more recently Plastic. Most perform well all year round, protecting your bees from the weather and the damp; however sometimes either the weather is so wet and windy or the hive design needs a helping hand to stave …