If you need advice or help with a newly arrived swarm simply click on the link below.
Link to Swarms page.
May has been an unusually quiet month for swarms but this long very cold start may mean the swarming season will start in earnest in June. Hopefully we will get some blue sky days for the flying bees to go foraging, which will make inspections easier, so here is a bullet list of things to do this month:
We make a charge of £10 to cover our petrol money & time spent, which is nominal as it can take 1 to 2 hours & we may have to return later to capture the flying bees.
If you wish to go on this list for 2013, please send your details by email to me:
John Farrow [swarm co-ordinator] at: email@example.com with the following information:
Name, address, daytime & evening telephone numbers.
There are six of us who collect swarms in the Sevenoaks and T.Wells area; so I will circulate this list to them and the collector who is nearest you will contact you when they have a swarm available.
Swarms need to be housed as soon as possible, so if you are unavailable when we call we will move onto the next one on our list.
Planned Courses for 2013:
Our aim this year will be to provide 2nd level and more advanced courses for beekeepers who have had bees for a few years. The programme includes courses aimed at supporting those putting themselves up for the important BBKA Basic Assessment and BBKA General Husbandry practicals. Additionally, rather than the rather random collection of courses on aspects of microscopy in beekeeping this year, in 2013 the plan is to offer a staged series of possibly 5 different courses from an introduction through to anatomy and dissection and pollen analysis.Some of the popular courses are to be repeated and some frequently requested courses are to be added in 2013.
These courses will be found on the website: http://ksrcbees.org.uk/ Click on Improvers
Daniel Marsh has been keeping bees since 2009 and started a Beekeeping Blog in June 2010. Download his 'Tales from the Beehive' to see how his beekeeping has progressed over the last 3 years, by clicking on: 'Daniel'