Hi, I’m a beekeeper in Surrey currently looking after around 3 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. Following a fire I lost most of my equipment and 3 colonies, so this year is about rebuilding my stock 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 use a homemade vaporiser and drone trapping. Go to Articles
Asection with the main plans that I use for building some of my hive equipment.I have built other equipment, 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 2021 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. My 3 colonies survived the Winter but were low on stores.