Most Frequently Asked Beekeeping Questions

At Cotswold Bees Ltd we have had several hundred people on courses. Some of those want to start beekeeping and some are there just for interest. These are the most frequently asked questions together with the answers we give: How Much Does It...

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What Should I Plant To Help Bees

Lack of flowers is one of the biggest problems facing honey bees and we are often asked what should I plant to help bees. Bees need flowers not just for the nectar to make honey but also for pollen so here are a few suggestions: One popular...

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How Do I Start Beekeeping?

How Do I Start Beekeeping? Many people want to start this fascinating hobby but the biggest question is “How Do I Start Beekeeping?” A hobby that involves looking after any animal should not be entered into without a lot of thought...

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Preparing For The New Season

Spring is not here yet but it is most important to get ready for the season ahead. Now is the time to get out spare equipment and make sure it is ready for use. Take those spare supers and brood boxes and give them a good going over with a blow...

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Adding New Supers

When and how to add supers is one of those subjects over which beekeepers will argue for hours. Here are my thoughts and the techniques that have done well by me over the years. First: try not to add supers too early. Make sure that the brood box...

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War On Winter Pests

Hopefully we are now in a position where our bees are very close to being ready for Winter and all is well inside the hive. Now is the time to turn our attention to external pests. The two that can cause major problems here in the North Cotswolds...

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Feeding Of Bees For Winter

The difference between someone who keeps bees and a beekeeper is that a beekeeper is a farmer who needs to manage stock through difficult times. This bring us nicely to the subject of feeding bees ready for Winter. Bees must have enough stores to...

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