This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book. January 2009 Vol 91 No 1
Editorial At the recent Annual Bee Meeting (page 6) beekeepers
throughout the British Isles confirmed that 2008 had been4 Starting Out: January
a bad year for our honey bees. Higher than usual winterJohn Williams, Master Beekeeper
losses were followed by a slow spring build up
6 The Annual Bee Meeting 2008 exacerbated by poor weather, resulting in low honey crops
Margaret Cowley, MSc from the usual early-season sources. This was followed by
an exceptionally wet summer, with low temperatures9 Nosema Infections in European Honey
meaning that bees weren't able to forage for their usualBees
summer nectar. Substantial numbers of colonies also diedIngemar Fries, PhD
out in August and September from starvation, many
12 Round Section Comb Honey colonies only being saved by beekeepers noticing the
Jim Macfarlane situation and feeding copiously at this time.
14 In Praise of Colony Losses Queen rearing was also hit by the poor summer, with many
Dorian Pritchard, Dip Gen, PhD queens unable to mate properly which led to colonies
dying out when the queens became drone layers.17 A Personal View of Beekeeping Down
Under What can we do to prevent a knock-on effect for 2009?
Pam Gregory, NDB Vigilance is needed: check for varroa and treat correctly and at
the right time, check for low food stores and feed if necessary. 19 The National Honey Show 2008
Andrew Gibb Let's all keep our fingers crossed for a better season in
21 The Bee Craft Courses Directory 2009 2009. Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year!
29 Making Candy and Using It Margaret Cowley, Deputy Editor
Margaret Cowley, MSc
Apimondia gold medals: best magazine,31 The Bee Musketeers
website, books & educational material
Paul Francis, Mike Cross and Ken Gillman
33 Stockwood Discovery Centre
Andrew Butler
35 Essays in Beekeeping History: The Abbott
Family (Part 2) EDITOR Claire Waring, Stoneycroft, Back Lane, Little Addington, Kettering NN14 4AX
Tel/Fax: 01933 650297; e–mail: editor@bee–craft.comKarl Showler
DEPUTY EDITORS Margaret Cowley (e-mail:
Janet Pattison & Pam Todd (‘B’ Kids)39 Duck with Honey and Lemon Glaze
ADVERTISEMENTS Pauline Aslin, 34 Cambridge Road, Wimpole, Royston SG8 5QE
Tel: 01223 208552; e–mail:–craft.com41 Obituaries: Ian Beaty and Alan Sunman
BEE CRAFT SHOP Andrew Butler e-mail:
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44 Around the Colony Sue Jakeman, 107 Church Street, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6QFTel/Fax: 01733 771221; e–mail: secretary@bee–
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