The Beehive Jive Podcast 004 – Alexa: how do I start beekeeping?

In this episode Tracey and Paul talk about things to consider if you want to jump into the exciting World of beekeeping.

In summary:

• Join a local club
• Take a class
• Make friends

It really is that simple ….. almost

00:00: What’s going on in Tracey’s apiary?
03:00: What’s up with Paul’s bees.
15:00: How to start beekeeping
16:50: Where to start
18:30: Find a local club
25:00: Types of hive
29:00: Where to get bees from
44:00: What can you do in the winter?
46:00: Book recommendations
52:00: Online resources

Links to stuff mentioned in this podcast.

British Beekeepers Association – https://www.bbka.org.uk/
Beebase – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/
Guide to Bees & Honey: The World’s Best Selling Guide to Beekeeping- http://amzn.eu/1v0QLZ0
Bees at the Bottom of the Garden – http://amzn.eu/gCisynG
The Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees – http://amzn.eu/3dZsCDe
The Honey Bee Around and About – http://amzn.eu/0qM7itM

The Beehive Jive Podcast 003 – Spring into Spring

The Beehive Jive Podcast Episode 003: Spring into Spring

In this episode Tracey and Paul discuss what they do to give their bees the best start in the spring.

Notes: We recorded this in a garden room, so we had a good view but the audio quality is occasionally a little wonky – lessonlearnt. On the plus side, you can hear the birds singing away in the background.
When discussing Asian hornets Paul said they had a red thorax … oops …. they have a red abdomen:
http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4

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00:00 – 10:00 : Asian Hornet UK update
Asian Hornet update – in the last show we spoke about the Asian Hornet and we were unsure if the nest found in the UK had come from the population in the EU or arrived via another route – it has now been confirmed that it has come from the European population.

For more information about this threat check out the FERA page – http://fera.co.uk/news/showNews.cfm?id=795

17 March 2017 update:

Scottish Goverment today confirmed that a single Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina had been identified at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. The Asian Hornet is a non-native species and a serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators which has recently become established in Europe. There are no more public health risks associated with Asian hornets than with other bees or wasps.

Asian hornets were first identified in the UK during autumn 2016, that outbreak was dealt with and no further reports have been confirmed since. It is not possible to identify the origin of this individual and no further sightings have been made, however for surveillance purposes SG has placed Asian Hornet traps in the area and alerted the pest control industry and beekeepers to be vigilant for this species

10:00 – 21:00 : Tracey’s first inspection of the year.
22:00 – 28:00 : Bait hives. Check out the bucket bait hive featured on Kiwi Mana Buzz – http://kiwimana.co.nz/swarm-trapping-bees-with-a-mobile-swarm-trap-km104/
28:00 – 30:00 : Varroa control with sugar.
30:00 – 32:00 : Do you change boxes every season?
32:00 – 43:00 : Paul’s apiary inspection
43:00 – 53:00 : Hive records on the roof.
53:00 – 60:00 : Nosema & shook swarms
60:00 – 1:10 : Swarm control
1:10 – 1:14 : Clipping Queens
1:14 – 1:00 : Letter bag

Episode 002 – Oops we did it again.

Hello,

Welcome to episode two of the Beehive Jive beekeeping podcast.
We’re two beekeepers based in South London, we don’t claim to be experts so this isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for beekeeping gurus.

However; if you enjoy hearing people chatting about bees this is the podcast for you.
In this episode, we discuss some of the pests threaten out bees and what precautions we can take to support our hives and other beekeepers.

Find us at our beekeeping blog http://www.thebeehivejive.com
Or follow us on twitter @thebeehivejive

Show notes

00:00 – 16:00: Varroa is Australia
16:00 – 25:00:  shook swarm
25:30 – 28:30: Small hive beetle in Italy
28:30 – 39:00: Asian hornet
39:00 – 43:00: Bees alarm signal
43:00 – 60:00: What we’ll be doing in our apiary in the next few weeks

Links to things we talked about:

Foudationless frames http://theapiarist.org/blog/
Register your bees – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/

Whoop whoop – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04sxddd
Asian hornet traps – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=208
Shook swarms – www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=1075

The trouble with manuka

A manuka flower

 

Manuka honey is unique. It is the only honey I’ve seen with a security tag attached. It’s expensive stuff. Last week in my local supermarket there was a jar for £35, I’ve seen it double that in other places. A hefty price tag for honey that doesn’t even taste that nice. Manuka honey is lucrative and devious people have been flooding the market with fake manuka honey;

This week I was listening to the recent episode of the Kiwi Mana Buzz, if you don’t listen to them you really should. Margret & Gary covered a dispute between a manuka trade association in New Zealand and the Cornwall based Tregothnan estate who sell manuka produced by the bees on their estates from manuka trees planted over one hundred years ago.

However; compared to the problems of fake manuka the debate if Tregothnan should label its honey manuka is a minor dispute.

In 2013 Food Standards Agency reported that shops in the UK sold over 1800 tons of manuka honey. Surprising given that only 1700 tons of it was exported from New Zealand and Australia. The FSA estimated over 10,000 tons were sold Worldwide.

Manuka honey, what?

Manuka honey is produced from the the manuka tree, a native of New Zealand and parts of Australia. Before the 1980s it wasn’t as popular as more delicately flavored honeys. In 1982 Dr. Paul Molan identified the antibacterial properties of manuka honey. Science confirmed the long traditional of honey being used to treat wounds and infections was based on fact.

Science behind them, manuka honey producers successfully marketed their product to the health food industry; attracting a high premium. Manuka isn’t unique in having these properties. Honey from ScotlandWales and other parts of the World all have research replicating the manuka effect. Good honey is simply good for you.

Yes, people even fake honey.

Manuka isn’t the only type of honey to fall victim to honey fraudsters. Honey is one of the World’s most counterfeited food products. In 2011 the Food Safety News published a study showing that three quarters of honey sold in the USA had all it’s pollen filtered out. This is done so the pollen cannot be used to identify where the honey comes from. You could well be eating honey from countries treating their hives with antibiotics or toxic chemicals banned in Europe and the USA. Honey fraudsters also routinely mix honey with corn syrup to increase its volume.

Buy local.

So how do you avoid buying fake honey? Buying from established specialist retailers is a great way reduce the risk. But, I would strongly suggest buying local honey from your local beekeepers. Local honey is surprisingly easy to find. You often find beekeepers selling their honey at food fairs and markets. It is slightly more expensive than the honey you see on supermarket shelves but still a lot cheaper than manuka  – why not buy 100% local honey?

Episode 001 – Do bees forage on strawberries?

Welcome to our very first podcast, We’re two beekeepers based in South London, we don’t claim to be experts so this isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for beekeeping gurus. However; if you enjoy hearing people chatting about bees this is the podcast for you.

Show notes

00:00 – 02:00 – Introduction
02:00 – 04:00 – Paul’s 2016 season in review
04:00 – 14:00 – Experience with foundationless frames
14:00 – 19:00 – First try at Queen raising
19:00 – 22:00 – Tracy’s 2016 season in review
22:00 – 27:00 – Trouble with buying in Nucs
27:00 – 34:00 – Robbing & making robbing screens
36:00 – 38:00 – Adventures with entrance blocks
38:00 – 45:00 – Polynuc the beekeeping Swiss Army Knife
45:00 –56:00 – Feeding hives during the winter
56:00 -60:00 – Plans for next year

Links to things we talked about
BBKA http://www.bbka.org.uk/
Tiger Hall Bees – http://www.tigerhallbees.co.uk/
National Bee Unit -http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/
Queen right method of rearing – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=278
Lyson mating nucs – http://tomaszlyson.co.uk/polystyrene-beehives/2777-mini-ul-niemalowany-bez-ramek.html