Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Branch

March to do list.

Check stores/emergency feeding. Click here.

Hive Records -Get the new sheets/book all ready

Replacing brood boxes/floors/queen excluders + general cleaning up.

Varroa monitoring – and treatment with apiguard or similar

First inspection?  Only if it’s warm and not too windy (+/- 13C)

Queen clipping and marking – only if warm enough

Ensure beekeeping clothing is clean and ready for use

Go to Branch apiary practice meetings at either Barrwood or Hilbert Road Apiaries.

Take Modules

Prepare to wash/replace gloves if diseased/ dead hive found

Have a bucket of dilute washing soda handy to clean tools and gloves etc. between colonies

Look for 3+ frames of brood & 5+ frames of bees

Ensure eggs and or open brood

Ensure enough food for 2+ Weeks (~10 lbs)

Remove mouse guards.


Developmental Period of Egg to:

Queen  16 days,
Worker 21 days

Drone   24 days

Queen Fertility 23+ days

Drone Fertility 38+ days

Click here for more details.

A Worker Bee 

In summer lives only 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee

In late autumn the queen lays eggs that develop into workers that live for 4/6 months to survive the winter.

Typical Colony:

50/70,000 bees in mid summer

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.

24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

Number of UK Beekeepers.


In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives. They produce 6000 tons of honey per year. Each hive is worth about £400 to the agricultural economy. We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.

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