Hi, I’m a beekeeper in Surrey currently looking after 4 colonies. As well as being a bee slave I also make most of the hive equipment I use and you can find the some of the plans on the site. This year my focus will be to re-queen my colonies and re-equipping.
I have been keeping bees for around 20 years. I will be focussed on trying to get a reasonable honey crop. I use mainly 14 x 12 National equipment but still have some of the standard BS National hives I started out with. My bees are in 2 locations just over 2 miles apart but have different foraging habitats – one is urban and the other is in a rural setting alongside the River Mole.
General information on what to think about if you are getting started on beekeeping as well as articles on apiary management. I try and rear my own queens using grafting and and a Cloake board. For managing Varroa I used Apivar for the first time and will see what the results are when monitor the mite drop. Go to Articles
Coming into the 2022 season I have decided that I would try and keep my beekeeping blog updated over the course of the season. I will post about my successes and failures as well as add to the articles and techniques section. The season is just getting going after a relatively cold Winter and a wet February on record. I didn’t get chance to feed my bees before Winter but keeping them top-Ed up with fondant seems to have worked as mY 4 colonies survived the Winter.
I’m starting the season with 4 colonies and have started to make sue my bees go into Spring strongly and have fed them with Ambrosia. I try and inspect my colonies once a week, for the current state of my bees visit