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Bee swarms

We are offering free swarm collections in Bungendore and surrounding areas for the 2019/20 bee season.

What are they and why do they occur

Almost everyone has seen a single bee hanging out on a flower, gathering nectar or pollen. But have you ever seen a swarm of bees? Swarms are an amazing sight and this blog will explain what they are and why they occur.

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Julie Armstrong of ACT for bees is trying to reduce the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids in Canberra. She also wants more native plants added to urban landscape projects.

Canberra public is “behind” on the issue, ACT for Bees says

An article by Finbar O’Mallon on 12/4/19.

You can find lots of useful information about ACT FOR BEES on their website www.actforbees.org.

Instead of using nasty chemicals such as glysophate (a harmful and active ingredient in Round-Up) to kill weeds opt for boiling water.

Moving the apiary

Today I look back at how we moved the apiary from our old house to our current home and what we would do differently next time. If you are going to move your hive/s in the future hopefully you can learn from my mistakes. I consider our business a micro-beekeeping company that focuses on quality over quantity and our move involved just 12 hives. We had 11 langstroth hives and 1 top bar hive with colonies plus several empty hives to move.

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Check your hives regularly!

Today’s article is a timely reminder to check your hives regularly – even when it’s over 35 degrees Celsius outside for 4 weeks in a row. Stick to your calendar of when to check and find a way to get it done or your procrastinating and the bees could make life hard.

Unfortunately I work my hives alone more often than not. As such, I have no photos of this experience but for any beekeeper out there, I’m sure you can imagine the kind of sticky situation I got myself into.

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