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‘It’s a bee’ – but what sort of bee?

Most beekeepers will be familiar with someone (often a non-beekeeper) asking for help in identifying a bee that has been seen in their garden. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has a lot of helpful information on their website on the differences between the various species of bumbles as compared to our honeybees. This page – – goes through some of the most obvious differences and is a useful place to recommend for information.

When it comes to identifying a bee that is obviously not a bumble but not a honeybee either, then two websites have particularly useful guides: the Wildlife Trusts’ page at and the Grow Wild page at provide very readable information on the 250+ species of solitary bees in the UK.

The beauty of pollen

The picture below was taken by Lincolnshire beekeeper Simon Croson, yesterday. The range of colours is a wide one but the dominance of the purple/mauve pollen was probably down to a local field crop of Phacelia, he thinks. Such a beautiful mix of colours and bee nutrition evident in that photo.


Stop Press: Branch Honey Show and AGM dates to be changed

Due to various unavoidable absences it has been decided that our Honey Show and AGM will be postponed to a new date in November, which will be circulated very soon.

In the meantime, for those branch members who are poised to enter something in the show, it will be based on the same rules as the Dover BKA one, shown in the file appended below. Time to start looking through the jars of honey, picking the most perfect ones…

Show Schedule 2015 (internet version)(1)

Report from the branch meeting of 26 September 2015

This afternoon’s meeting was well attended with around 18 members present, both to listen to a talk from Sue and Keith on the points to keep in mind when preparing entries for a honey show, and also to take part in the final hive inspections of the year. For the latter, we divided into three groups – beginners and would-be beginners, then two groups of people who were more advanced.

Julie showed the beginners (including one very small beginner…) the things to look for when checking frames in a hive for good health at this time of year – as shown in the photo below:

A lot to look for

A lot to look for

Keith was demonstrating the use of the double floor he had constructed to use in drying wet supers, in this case with three supers from this apiary stacked on the right hand side of the floor, shown in the picture below:

How to dry supers without getting them refilled

How to dry supers without getting them refilled

All in all it was a very constructive afternoon.

Branch news and update

We had a committee meeting yesterday evening that considered the various new developments we’re working on at the moment. Locating funding for the branch’s new hives (working on a basis of £200 per hive, for anyone/any organisation sponsoring one), a series of interesting talks to be offered in Faversham this autumn, some news about possible new apiary sites, and a new page here on the website that will provide contact details for branch members who have some honey to sell, were all discussed. More detailed information will be circulated to branch members by email.

For the talks in Faversham, there are more details in the attached download.

For the listing of locally-available honey, watch this space… 🙂

Beginners’ Course in 2014

Advance notice of the fact that Julie will be running a course for beginners over the weekend of 8th and 9th February, 2014. Further details will be posted here nearer the time. Anyone interested in the course should get in touch with Julie using the details on the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website.