As an affiliate of both the British Beekeepers Association and Yorkshire Beekeepers Association, Leeds Beekeepers Association discourages the importation of both honey bee queens and colonies from outside the UK.
The apiary meeting last Saturday got off to a slow start due to the weather, but as it improved more attendees showed up. The shop was doing a brisk trade in the end with people picking up supplies. The new season is almost upon us! Are you prepared?
Spring is definitely in the air.... Andy Gowdy popped down the Leeds BKA apiary last Saturday morning to check on the fondant levels on the association bee hives. Some were light and needed fondant adding and others were fine. It is important this time of year to pay close attention to the weight of the hives to make sure they have enough stores to keep them alive. The bees are now rearing brood and are consuming stores much faster than they can bring them in. Heft your ow
It's official - Andy Gowdy has more gadgets than James Bond! That was evident last Wednesday evening when it was Andy's turn to give the monthly Winter talk. The subject was Beekeeping Gadgets and Andy didn't disappoint us. Andy has an engineering background and likes both manufacturing his own (he loves wooden pallets!), as well as buying interesting items when he sees them (an Oxalic Acid vaporiser attachment for a blow torch). Andy took us through the history of his beek