Hi, I’m a beekeeper in Surrey and I started the 2023 season with 4 colonies. I have made quite a lot of my hive equipment and you can find some of the plans on the site. This year my focus has been on increasing the number of colonies – currently I’ve managed to get to 10

My Beekeeping

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.


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. Go to Articles


Asection with the main plans that I use for building some of my hive equipment.I have built other stuff, such as a solar wax melter, oxalic acid vaopriser but not got around to uploading the plans. For the completed equipment articles go to Plans


Coming into the 2023 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 very wet start to Spring.