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Beekeeping Refresher Course 2020

Our refresher theory course is for beekeepers in their second or later years of beekeeping who would like to refresh their beekeeping skills and knowledge. The course runs for four evenings in February / March 2020 and will also be supported by time in our apiary. The course is also suitable for beekeepers aiming

Making a Bee Cosy

One of the talks I attended recently was by Derek Mitchell entitled “Honeybees and Mosquitos”. An intriguing title, and it turns out the Mosquitos were those twin engine planes of WW2, and not the blood-sucking kind. The link between the two is to do with our beehives and the specification of

Ancient drink of Mead revived by new fan base of younger drinkers

English Heritage among outlets serving up honey fermented ‘nectar of the gods’ in wake of craft beer boom Mead, one of the world’s oldest alcoholic drinks, has been making a comeback on the back of the boom in craft beer. Sales of the honey-based drink have grown in supermarkets after winning a

Making Beeswax Flowers

This lovely little book, written by Elizabeth Duffin and illustrated by Mike Duffin (who is a senior Honey Show Judge), carefully explains in step by step detail how to make some of the beautiful, intricate, and lifelike beeswax flowers that led to her winning many first prizes at National, County,

Taking the Basic

The Basic assessment is the first of the BBKA modules a new beekeeper can take. It is intended to confirm to the candidate that he knows more about beekeeping than he thinks and is the first rung on the ladder to Master Beekeeper, but that is a long way off. You

Bumbledown Bees – Chapter 1

Dear Readers A new Club and website to match a very new bee keeper! I am probably the newest bee keeper of the South West Hampshire Beekeepers and am happy to admit I need ‘L’ plates on my beekeeping suit! I thought for those of you who may be dabbling with the

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