The Bee Brief (7-9-14)

Some of the online information and reports about bees and beekeeping in the last week.

A short course from the Natural Beekeeping Trust on ‘Living in Harmony with Bees’ ( 16 September) http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/events/living-harmony-bees.

Bumblebees poisoned by neonics- http://www.buglife.org.uk/news-&-events/news/neonicotinoids-implicated-in-mass-poisoning-of-bumblebee-queens

The NBT’s ‘Sun Hives’ seem to be growing in popularity. It’s certainly an interesting shape – http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/sun-hive-biodynamic-initiative-0

A really good site for bee anatomy. With thanks to Julian King for posting the link to this on the BBKA Facebook page.http://honeybee.drawwing.org/

An interesting account of learning to rear queens http://chrisvernon.co.uk/2014/07/raising-queen-bees/

A fascinating website on how to do all sorts of bee-related things, including this useful checklist of things to consider when putting entries in honey shows: http://www.martinatnewton.com/page11.htm

This is just so sad – but why did no-one ask farmers beforehand what their reaction was likely to be? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29037804

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