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  • Sunday, May 26, 2019 08:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

    Ever seen a blob of foam on a plant and wondered how it got there?

    The frothy spittle, sometimes called cuckoo spit, is actually a telltale sign that an insect known as the spittlebug is feeding on a plant.

    Scientists are calling for thousands of volunteers to help record sightings of spittle and spittlebugs across the UK.

    The information will be used to map the distribution of the insect, in a pre-emptive strike against a deadly plant disease.

    Xylella has struck several EU countries, blighting olive groves in southern Italy. The UK is clear of the disease but is on high alert.

    Find Out More Here 

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 08:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    2019 Queen Rearing Project - First Pictures Posted

    Ewan posted yesterday on the Queen Rearing Forum and included a couple of photographs.

    Keep up to date with the activities by subscribing to the Forum. Both Ewan (Miller Method) and Neil (Cupkit) have started to post on the forum with their latest news.

    Please make comment and ask questions using the Forum.

    You will be taken to the Queen Rearing Project page by clicking Here 

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

    Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unfortunately BeeCraft have cancelled the May Webinar. The next one is scheduled for 19 June 2019 at 20:00

    Click here to visit the BeeCraft Webinar page 

    Also the place to go for previous BeeCraft Live Events

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Value of Bees

    Watch FAO Video Here

    Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. 

    Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.

    Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies.

    To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day. See the It's a bee thing (or not) infographic here

    Why this date?

    20 May coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention. 

    2019 Celebration of World Bee Day

    In order to further raise awareness of the importance of bees and to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders, the FAO and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia will jointly organize an event in observance of World Bee Day with a keynote address by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed:

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 19:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

              Kate, Neil, David, Martin and Nigel started the Cup Kit method on Saturday.  All they needed to do was to find the queen and place her in the cartridge then into the hive.  Simple?

    No. As usual the queen mother seemed to know what was about to happen and developed ninja skills. Even with many pairs of eyes the lady was not for being found and eventually they had to resort to smoking all the bees through a queen excluder to isolate her.  Using the "one handed catcher" she was finally apprehended and secured before being beautifully marked.

    Now safely in the cartridge in the hive she should have laid up the cells nicely and the bees should be attending to the eggs.

    There is a forum set up to post news of the project and for members to ask questions of the project members. To subscribe to the forum follow this Link

    and join in the conversation. Why not get involved? You are more than welcome to participate in the project group activities. 

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 13:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bees Abroad are asking us to vote for them to help win £1,000 from Ecclesiastical, All you have to do is to nominate Bees Abroad before 17th May. Selection is then by lottery, the more nominations they get the more chance they have to win a £1,000 grant.

    Their charity number is: 1108464

    You will need to write a few words about why you have nominated them, such as: 

    Poverty relief through beekeeping is a low cost, sustainable and ecologically friendly way for the poorest groups in developing countries to earn additional income. The Bees Abroad team are all volunteers and all beekeepers. They work through local partners and really know how to get results.
    Please ask all your family members to make a nomination and pass the request on to your friends. 

    Thank you for your support.

    Click Here to Vote for Bees Abroad

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 09:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In countries across Africa, honey bees could help protect wildlife, grow food and make money – so why aren’t more people raising them?

    Read a piece by Heather Richardson published 8 May 2019 on The BBC Future website to find out more

    BBC Future

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 21:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the lead up to 20 May – World Bee Day – it’s inspiring to see how many people are getting on board to promote the importance of pollinators

    This month at Flow they are focusing on raising awareness about the small things that anyone can do to make a big impact.

    If you’re a night-owl, join them an exciting Facebook Live on Wednesday (8 May) at 2am CET. It will feature documentary filmmaker Damon Gameau. 

    Damon’s recent film '2040' highlights the changes that are needed today to safeguard our world for future generations. He’ll be joining Cedar of FLOW to discuss ways that we can make our decisions count for the bees.

    Or, if like most of us, you’ll be tucked up in your hive at 2am, check out the replay any time that suits you.

  • Monday, May 06, 2019 12:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How would you like to help maintain the gorgeous Italian Garden? Or the Community Garden or even the woodlands on the 125 acre estate of Newbattle Abbey College while studying in the beautiful college building? If so why not check out the NC Rural Skills course that offers an introduction to gardening and estate management. Course content includes: bedding plant production, tree and shrub planting, soft landscaping as well as Estate Maintenance just to name a few. The college will welcome enquiries and applications from anyone who has a keen interest in working outdoors. No formal entry requirements are needed. 

    For more details or to apply online click Here
    Call on 0131 663 1921 or Send an


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