Category Archives: Disease prevention

Middlesex Beekeepers’ Day Part 2: David Aston, Plants and honeybees

A follow-up post to ‘Middlesex Beekeepers’ Day – Terry Clare, Queen rearing for the average beekeeper‘. Below are my notes from Dr David Aston’s talk. David is President of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), a Master Beekeeper and holder of … Continue reading

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Middlesex Beekeepers’ Day – Terry Clare, Queen rearing for the average beekeeper

As I like to do each year, yesterday I went to the Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations annual Bee Keepers’ Day. Each year the Middlesex associations (Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, North London, Pinner & Ruislip) take it in turn to host … Continue reading

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The great Facebook oxalic acid controversy

Bee researcher Dr Karin Alton really stirred up a hornet’s nest when she posted about oxalic acid on the London Beekeepers Association Facebook group this week. For those of you unfamiliar with Karin’s work, she is a researcher at the Laboratory … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with our bees?

An idyllic scene of sunshine on the apple tree at the Hanwell apiary on Sunday. The bees came to say hello in the super. Further down, they bubbled out from the brood frames. So many thousands of interactions happening. They … Continue reading

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10th Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: Braula coeca: the ‘bee louse’

The BBKA’s Module 3 syllabus says ‘The Candidate shall be able to give: …an outline account of the life cycle of Braula coeca, its effect on the colony and a description of the differences between adult Braula and Varroa”. This … Continue reading

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Bee Keepers’ Day – Research on honeybee health and wellbeing

My second blog post on the Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations annual ‘Bee Keepers’ Day‘, held last Saturday. Below are my notes from the second speaker, Dr Karin Alton. Karin is an entomologist from Sussex University, working with Professor Ratnieks at the … Continue reading

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9th Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: chilled brood and neglected drone brood

A 9th revision post for the British Beekeeping Association’s Module 3 Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning exam, which I’m taking in March. I’m doing the BBKA’s correspondence course, so my tutor, Pam Hunter, sets me papers which she then marks. The second question … Continue reading

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8th Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: collecting laboratory samples

An 8th revision post for the British Beekeeping Association’s Module 3 Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning exam, which I’m taking in March. I’m doing the BBKA’s correspondence course, so I have a tutor setting me papers which she then marks. I’ve just sent … Continue reading

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7th Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: Being a bee detective – investigating the death of a colony

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6th Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: diagnosing and treating for acarine (tracheal) mites, and a bit of beekeeping history

A 6th revision post for the British Beekeeping Association’s Module 3 Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning exam, which I plan to take in March. I’m taking the BBKA’s correspondence course, so I have a tutor setting me papers which she then marks. I’m … Continue reading

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