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.
Ok I know we've probably said it before, but it's true! Meeting new people and sharing their experience of having a look in a beehive for the first time is a privilege. It really is a fascinating thing to do! Even if the attendees don't take up beekeeping afterwards, it is an experience not forgotten. Last Saturday, about 30 people came to our lovely apiary over 2 sessions, where they got the chance to look inside a beehive with an experienced beekeeper. The bravest even go
We were represented on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch a couple of weeks ago by LBKA member Andy Gowdy. When we were approached by Channel 4, who asked if we could help with a feature on beekeeping, we obviously said yes and Andy being the gregarious and entertaining chap he is, was the natural choice to do it. As expected, he didn't let us down! He turned up at the studios in Leeds armed with bee suits, an observation hive and even honey to taste. What followed was a very i
Mid-April onwards signals the beginning of swarming season. It's the busiest time in the beekeeping year. When the time is right, a honeybee colony will swarm. As beekeepers, we try and keep one step ahead of this by managing our colonies, watching for the signs of swarm preparation and performing such actions as splitting the colony to ensure that swarming is managed and that our bees don't become a nuisance to our neighbours and the general public. So the best way to ush