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  1. A Patio!

    There is so much we will do on this patio. Make up frames, mark queens, fill Apideas, have cups of tea, throw parties, site comfy seats for passing dignitaries, sit classes of learners to hear wise words, plonk planters bursting with bee plants.

    There is quite a knack to laying slabs perfectly flat, and unfortunately my experience of such things is a bit limited. Andy seemed to have a better idea of what he was doing ...

    Updated 20-02-2011 at 11:14 PM by ESBA Apiarist

  2. new apiary

    Set up a new apiary today near my parents house.

    I moved 6 Paynes Polynucs I had overwintered to the site this morning and set them up about midday.

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    I opened them and left them a few hours while I did some clipping and marking at my fathers apiary.

    His log hive had swarmed on Thursday and the swarm had gone straight into an empty hive.
    It had a beaut of a queen which I marked and clipped. It already had ...
  3. LASI Waggle Dance Workshop

    On Saturday I spent a fascinating afternoon at the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of West Sussex Just outside Brighton.

    As the traffic was a lot better than the weather I managed to get there early and had plenty of time to have a mosey around the labs and meet some of the great and the good of UK apicultural research.

    Once things kicked off, we were given a tour of the labs by Professor Ratnieks followed by a presentation giving an overview ...

    Updated 21-06-2011 at 12:58 AM by Neils