SOME USEFUL DOCUMENTS

On this page, you will find a selection of useful informative and educational documents from some of the best beekeeping sources available.

Swarm Control - Wally Shaw

So you think you know about Swarm Control? Without a doubt this is the best guide I've read on the subject of Swarm Control. You'll learn a lot from this!

Swarm Control When You Can't FInf The Queen

We all have this from time to time so this is a really useful method of Swarm Control to know about from the National Bee Unit.

Honeybee Diagnostics at FERA

Information about how the National Bee Unit seek to protect the health of our honey bees.

Common Pests, Diseases & Disorders Of The Honeybee

Honey bee colonies are subject to a number of pests, infections, diseases and disorders that affect adult bees. This leaflet describes the recognition and management of some of the more common of these: Tracheal mites (acarapisosis), nosemosis, dysentery and certain viruses. Symptoms seen in a colony vary according to the type of organism causing the disease.

Solitary Bees

There are around 220 species of solitary bees and every species is important for pollination but due to intensive agricultural farming and urbanisation, the loss of habitats has led to a decline in bee numbers.

Tracheal Mites - Acarine

Tracheal mites, Acarapis woodi, are parasitic mites which invade and infest the respiratory system of adult bees. They have fallen into comparative obscurity since the arrival of Varroa destructor and generally beekeepers do not look for an infestation, which can only be diagnosed by looking down a microscope at the breathing tubes of a dissected bee. There are no registered medicines available in the UK for it’s control.

Tropilaelaps - Parasitic Mite

This leaflet describes the Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a potential threat to European and UK beekeeping. This beetle, indigenous to Africa, has spread to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Australia and Cuba where it has proved it can be a very serious pest of European honey bees. In 2014 Small hive beetle was confirmed in Italy and there is an increased risk of its accidental introduction into the UK.

Collecting Swarms

Beekeepers are frequently asked to remove bee swarms and this leaflet advises on how such a request may be handled, but bear in mind there is no standard situation, they should all be treated individually.

Starting Right With Bees

This leaflet is designed to provide comprehensive information for all aspiring beekeepers and to direct enquirers to the essential information to help decide whether to take up the fascinating and rewarding craft of beekeeping.

Small Hive Beetle

This leaflet describes the Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a potential threat to European and UK beekeeping. This beetle, indigenous to Africa, has spread to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Australia and Cuba where it has proved it can be a very serious pest of European honey bees.
In 2014 Small hive beetle was confirmed in Italy and there is an increased risk of its accidental introduction into the UK.

Foulbrood Diseases of the Honeybee

Honey bee colonies are subject to a number of diseases that affect their brood. This leaflet describes the recognition and control of the two most serious of these, American foulbrood and European foulbrood (which are subject to statutory control) along with other common but less serious brood disorders.

Managing Varroa

This leaflet describes the Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a potential threat to European and UK beekeeping. This beetle, indigenous to Africa, has spread to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Australia and Cuba where it has proved it can be a very serious pest of European honey bees. In 2014 Small hive beetle was confirmed in Italy and there is an increased risk of its accidental introduction into the UK.

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