Category Archives: Members

Adapting to foundationless frames in a National hive

Will uses National hives in Oxford, and has successfully been adapting them to low-intervention beekeeping principles. He writes about his successes and learning experiences on his blog, Oxford Bees. It is a good guide to how to start blending natural … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 12 March 2017

A Newbee special We gathered at the Marsh Harrier pub in Oxford on a Sunday afternoon to discuss beekeeping with some interested “newbees” who were seriously considering keeping bees themselves. It’s remarkable how bees spark discussion: just carrying in a … Continue reading

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Warre hive modification

Following on from the July visit to Gareth’s apiary, has anyone modified their hives? There are 3 stages: add some legs move the entrance up above the lower box add some extra insulation

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Skep-making course

On Sunday four of us from our group joined others enrolled on a day course to learn skep-making – a traditional straw beehive either for keeping bees in or just for collecting swarms. Apparently the earliest known skep dates from Neolithic times! We … Continue reading

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Glyphosate resistant bees and the Invasion of Russian bees.

Its all happening over the pond right now. Seems that some beekeeper who had been experimenting with glyphosate resistance in bees had his colonies seized by the state of Illinois agriculture department under (allegedly) instruction from Monsanto. Watch the video … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news, robber screens and bee stings

Hello All, Well its been an interesting time indeed. First of all my hive was robbed of honey in less than two days by bees from a group of 5 hives placed on the farm near me. I am told … Continue reading

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Information on Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Bees

Hi All, I have been dragging my heels on this issue for ages because of difficulties getting a post onto this site. All sorted out now though thanks to Paul and a good search of the territory to see how … Continue reading

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