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How Many Bees in a Hive

A hive can contain up to 70,000 bees in midsummer. There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 female foragers, 30,000 female house-bees, 5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae being fed, 16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

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September 2012 Newsletter

Published 27.Aug.2012, 3:54pm

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A Successful Start for Beekeepers @ KSRC

The various training courses that have been staged at KSRC Sittingbourne have achieved some impressive milestones:

11 events have been run.

141 different beekeepers have attended from every one of the 16 Kent associations.

272 training places have been provided.

all of this in just 5 months!

Forthcoming plans
Plans are well advanced for the next series. These will include a course covering the basics of DIY hive and frame assembly with Bill Yeoman on Friday, 7th September, another on skep making with Nick Mengham in November and possibly others on making mead and dealing with wax.

From the outset, the aim of Beekeepers @ KSRC has been to provide cost effective training events for those who are taking their beekeeping seriously and perhaps involved with the BBKA Exams system, taking the series of Modules. Thus, there was a course aimed at Module 2 candidates before the March exam and we are now looking to provide assistance to those contemplating Modules 3 and/or 6 this November.

Kay Wreford will be leading a course on “Pests & Diseases” and we are looking into ways to support those who have Module 6 “Honey bee behaviour” in their sights. This may involve a couple of half-day sessions, 2-3 weeks apart, where those attending can share their expertise and problem areas during the first session, with specific assignments to inform the group during the second. If this would be of interest to you, please get in contact with Bob Smith robert_787 @ hotmail.com.

The DIY course is currently taking bookings while the skep making course is already fully booked; others will be available from the website very soon – keep checking back.

Finally, what are the courses YOU would like to see run at KSRC? Beekeeping is an activity which seems to have endless dimensions – from botany and pollination to microscopy and home brewing!

Bob Smith

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