Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Branch

February to do list.

Check stores. For emergency feeding, click here.

Check hive entrances are clear.

Check for predator damage.

Oxalic treatment for Varroa? Click here

How about making something simple this winter. No carpentry involved. Try this.

Other things to make this winter. Click here.

Prepare new frames of foundation.

Watch the bees for pollen intake.

Plants (Crocus, Salix, Viburnum, Blackthorn….)

Consider stimulating by feeding.

Watch for dead hives (varroosis)

Tidy up the apiary whilst the bees are not flying much.

Useful Information Throughout the Year

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 only lives 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee. It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.

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.

Number of UK Beekeepers.

In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives.
They produce 6,000 tones 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.



All tips for Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events



2018 Programme
2018 Programme 
Programme 2018 (960 KB)
 Click on the above pdf document

Indoor Meetings start again in January 2018. Apiary Meeting start at 2.00 p.m.on Saturdays and run from March through to September 2018.  

Barr Wood Apiary
Barr Wood Apiary TN11 courtesy Richard Knight

Barr Wood Apiary TN11 is on the Hildenborough Road between Shipbourne and Hildenborough. For directions on how to get to the site, or if the weather is looking unsuitable for beekeeping, contact the person hosting the meeting, before venturing out. Click here for the list of contacts.

Hilbert Road Apiary
Hilbert Road Apiary TN2 3SA courtesy Ellen Montelius

Hilbert Rd Apiary TN2 3SA in Tunbridge Wells is managed by group responsibility. Contact the person hosting the meeting, before venturing out and for directions on how to get to the site.