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

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