Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Branch

July to do list.

Increase supers as necessary.

Reduce entrances to prevent robbing.

Continue weekly inspections.

Still keep a watch out for swarm preparations.

Add supers (up to 1 a week).

Prepare extraction equipment.

Place ‘nucs’ into full hives or combine with current colonies.

Poly Nucs. can be overwintered in less severe winters.

Render wax scrapings, burr comb and brace comb.

At end of July, full supers could be removed for extraction.

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

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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 Membership


Members at Barr Wood Apiary
 Members at Barr Wood Apiary

New Membership runs 1st January - 30th September 2016

There has been a small increase in Branch membership with the numbers increasing from 89 to 91 (63 Registered + 1 Junior and 9 Friends) together with 18 Partner members.

Our membership is roughly in a 5/10 mile radius of Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. A number of our members have been keeping bees for many years, some over 50 years!

For this years' membership, cheques should be made payable to Kent Beekeepers' Association and for the new membership form for 2017 click on the pdf. below:

Membership Form 2017 (680 KB)
 Click the above pdf document

Remember ordinary membership to the Kent Beekeepers Association has the option for Bee Craft magazine subscription, details of which are on the above membership form.