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December 2, 2019
In the December episode of our beekeeping podcast, we visit our friend Heather. A clinical scientist she spent her time researching viruses that none of us wants to catch before she discovered the far more charming beekeeping bug. She also bands her honey ‘Heather’s Honey’ a label that always makes me smile. Heather keeps her hive on a local allotment, which are local community gardens people use to grow fruits, vegetables and occasionally keep bees. If you’re interested in this uniquely British institution here is a handy history – https://www.learningwithexperts.com/gardening/blog/the-history-of-allotments  Unlike bees, people aren’t very harmonious in tight spaces and large groups making allotment beekeeping somewhat challenging. Heather’s bees have been blamed for everything including the obvious ‘your bees stung me’ to the comical ‘your bees are on my grass’ Listen to Heather tell her allotment tales and have a chuckle. By the way, I’ve discovered that in the United States ‘soda crystals’ aren’t sold in bags marked soda crystal. However, don’t despair you can buy it under its chemical name –  sodium carbonate decahydrate.
November 1, 2019
Welcome to the November episode of our beekeeping podcast. What did we get up to at the National Honey Show? At the end of the UK, beekeeping season is marked by the World’s oldest and largest honey show. Starting in 1923 the Honey Show is in its 88th year, interrupted only by the odd pesky World War and occasional fire.  I’ve only been going for the last five years but it’s now firmly established as my end of season ritual. Tracey, myself and some of our beekeeping friends meet up at the show, buy some stuff, watch some talks and visit the Bear Pub for a few beers. If you want to know more about the National Honey Show why not check out our interview with its Chairman and all-round class act Bob Maurer. The Honey Show show Every year the Honey Show books world-class speakers from across the beekeeping World and this year the keynote was Dr Ralph Büchler from the Kirchhain Bee Insitute and a key member of the Smart bees project. Over four lectures Ralph explored the importance of preserving the native strains of the honey bee, what we can learn about wild populations that have developed resistance to varroa, how to select from your own stock and an innovative biotechnical control for varroa you can use in your apiary. More detail about his technique can be found here –  https://freethebees.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/brood-removal-web.pdf The National Honey Show videos all these lectures and eventually publishes them for free – http://www.honeyshow.co.uk/lecture-videos.php – whilst you are waiting to see Ralph and the other speakers yourself check out this valuable resource. Although our show is about the National Honey Show, it’s also about Honey the dog. As you’ll hear in the show Tracey’s dog Honey decided the recording podcast shenanigans wasn’t as important as chasing fox in the garden. We also have an exciting new podcast section to look forward to. Enjoy.
October 12, 2019
Hydroxymethylfurfural what a title for episode nineteen of our beekeeping podcast! I’ve googled what it means and this is how Rusty over at www.honeybeesuite.com explains it. hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a naturally-occurring organic acid with the formula C6H6O3. It is often formed during the dehydration of sugars, especially fructose, and is known to be toxic to honey bees. In this episode, we delve deep into organic chemistry. Only kidding Tracey mentions it during the recording and I thought it would be a cool title for this months show. You have no idea how tricky titling podcasts can be, so I take what I’m given. It’s the end of the season and we settle down to reflect how our beekeeping season has gone, what we have learned the high and low lights. This year Tracey’s apiary has been hit by Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus and it still persists into the autumn. She wonders if CBPV is going to be part of her beekeeping for the next few years as it is slowly eliminated from her honey bee colonies. Finding another site to use as an isolation apiary is one of her goals for next season. I’ve mastered the art of lazy smoker cleaning, maybe not the greatest beekeeping achievement. But, if you’ve ever spent five minutes gently smashing the lid of your sticky smoker to open it you’ll know the simple joy of having a clean smoker. We’re off to the National Honey Show this month and will be making an attempt to record the show in the pub. Should be out early November. Thanks for listening and if you enjoy the show please consider leaving a review. It helps people find us.
October 1, 2019
Hydroxymethylfurfural what a title for episode nineteen of our beekeeping podcast! I’ve googled what it means and this is how Rusty over at www.honeybeesuite.com explains it. hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a naturally-occurring organic acid with the formula C6H6O3. It is often formed during the dehydration of sugars, especially fructose, and is known to be toxic to honey bees. In this episode, we delve deep into organic chemistry. Only kidding Tracey mentions it during the recording and I thought it would be a cool title for this months show. You have no idea how tricky titling podcasts can be, so I take what I’m given. It’s the end of the season and we settle down to reflect how our beekeeping season has gone, what we have learned the high and low lights. This year Tracey’s apiary has been hit by Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus and it still persists into the autumn. She wonders if CBPV is going to be part of her beekeeping for the next few years as it is slowly eliminated from her honey bee colonies. Finding another site to use as an isolation apiary is one of her goals for next season. I’ve mastered the art of lazy smoker cleaning, maybe not the greatest beekeeping achievement. But, if you’ve ever spent five minutes gently smashing the lid of your sticky smoker to open it you’ll know the simple joy of having a clean smoker. We’re off to the National Honey Show this month and will be making an attempt to record the show in the pub. Should be out early November. Thanks for listening and if you enjoy the show please consider leaving a review. It helps people find us.
September 15, 2019
July 3, 2019
In this episode, we discuss Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus and why grafting in the rain probably isn’t a good idea. We talk about the downs of beekeeping, but still have a laugh.
May 13, 2019
The beekeeping season has well and truly kicked off. Paul has been queen rearing in the rain, Tracey has moved her bees to Poo Farm. We chart about Snelgove boards, grumpy bees and are joined by Tracey’s dog and cats. IF you fancy coming on the podcast check out thebeehivejive.com/chat
April 9, 2019
The new season is here!! Tracey has been roaming the outback of Australia, probably wrestling crocs but she made it back in time to record the first podcast of the year. Spring has sprung, and we’ve been in our hives, all alive and well … the stresses of beekeeping has begun. Paul is worried about swarm control and is planning to try the Snelgrove board method this year. Tracey has had great success in overwintering her colonies in poly hives now has started moving them into wood for the summer honey flows. She is also looking forward to moving bees back to the sewage works … erm … I mean the water treatment plant. We’re looking for a guests, so if you’ve ever fancied being on the podcast drop us a line at thebeehivejive@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a date.
October 21, 2018
In this episode of the worst introduced podcast in beekeeping, we chat with friend of the show John who has been keeping bees for a few years. 00:00 – 08:00: Paul’s oxalic sublimation method 08:00 – 14:00: The Croydon honey show 14:00 – 27:00: John’s honey year 27:00 – 34:00: John and Pauls beekeeping exam day 34:00 – 40:00: John’s top tip 40:00 – 48:00: Grouchy bees 48:00 – 55:00: How to spot a queen 55:00 – 01:05: Asian hornet update 01:05 – 01:22: Overwintering setups
September 2, 2018
In this episode of the beehive jive, Tracey and Paul visit each others hives and chat about what they achieved this season. 00:00 – 08:30: We visited Paul’s bees to see what was up 08:30 – 11:30: We dared to visit Tracey’s bees as well 11:30 – 53:00: Did we achieve our goals for this season? 53:00 – 01:00: Varroa treatment ramble
August 17, 2018
Tracey and Paul discuss poly hives, forget the name of varroa treatments and Tracey has discovered sugar rolling. 00:00 – 04:00: The most random of beekeeping updates 04:00 – 07:00: Superseder problems 07:00 – 16:00: Managing lots of poly nucs 16:00 – 18:00: Tracey’s honey shack 18:00 – 23:00: Over wintering on poly hives 23:00 – 34:00: Poly hive vs. woodern hives 34:00 – 47:00: Sugar rolling 47:00 – 01:05: Tracey’s bee safaris    
May 31, 2018
Tracey and Paul discuss what they are going to get up to in the season. 00:00 – 07:40 : Tracey’s leg and her honey bound hives 07:40 – 11:00  Winter mishaps 11:00 – 20:30 : Would you let weak colonies die 20:30 – 25:00 : Asian Hornets like cauliflower cheese (not really) 25:00 – 32:00 : Tracey’s bee safaris 32:00 – 39:00 : New apiary 39:00 – 41:00 : Queen rearing goals 41:00 – 53:00 : Things we want to do this season Links to things in the poddy: Tracey Bee Safaris: https://www.mayfieldlavender.com/product-category/experiences-vouchers/bee-safari/ Cool beekeeping log book: https://www.baithive.com/shop  
April 4, 2018
In this episode, we sit in front of an open log fire and discuss beekeeping with our friend Liz; the education officer of Epsom beekeepers association. Liz has delivered talks to thousands of beekeeper across the country on a range of topics. The hygienic bees discussed are from the University of Sussex’s Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LSAI) – you can find them here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lasi/index The sound is a little variable in this, mainly because we were lodging around on sofas, it was super comfy. 00:00 – 02:00 : Introducing Liz 02:00 – 07:00 : How our are bees over wintering? 07:00 – 22:00 : University of Sussex’s hygienic bees 22:00 – 28:00 : What type of bees do you select for? 28:00 – 00:41 : Oxalic sublimation research 41:00 – 47:00 : Foundationless & keeping bees on supers 47:00 – 00:00 : Cell sizes 50:00 – 58:00 : Top bar hives 58:00 – 1:04: Tracey versus the vegans
January 1, 2018
In this episode with chat about our experience at the National Honey Show and interview the show’s chairman Bob Maurer. The honey show hosts a series of beekeeping lectures over the weekend, these were two of our favorites. You can find all their videos on the NHS youtube channel. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 00:00 – 0600: Introductions 06:00 – 27:00: Interview with Bob Maurer 27:30 – 33: 00: Other types of beekeeping events in the UK 33:00 – 39:00: Entering the competitions 39:00 – 1:00: Our pick of the lectures 1:00 – 1:26: Winter plans
September 21, 2017
We sat down later in the evening to record the show than we normally do. This late-night jive has a more relaxed (if that is possible) feel to it – and more interruptions: lights going off, doorbells ringing, echoey sound and general tomfoolery. Why not read our #BeekeepingBookClub book – The Honeybee Democracy We’re going to the National Honey Show so let us know if you are too   05:00 – 10:00 : Introducing a new addition to Tracey’s family member. 10:00 – 15:00 : European Foulbrood found in Wimbledon. Visit this link to find out how to spot it here – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/beekeepingFaqs/europeanFoulbroodEfb.cfm 15:00 – 21:00 : What’s Tracey been up to in her apiary. 21:00 – 23:00 : Do we baby our bees? 23:00 – 3200 : Winter treatments 32:00 – 37:00 : Tracey hearts hefting and Paul hates mice 37:00 – 43:00 : Strapping hives 43:00 – 45:00 : Winter cleaning begins 45:00 – 51:00 : The National Honey Show 51:00 – 54:00 : Why you should attend you’re winter beekeeping meetings 54:00 – 59:00 : British Beekeeper Associations exams Spoon playing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POvLaziUsTo 59:00 – 1:06:00 : Stuff to do over winter 1:06:00 – 1:10:00 : #BeekeepingBookClub : The Honey Bee Democracy by Thomas Seeley Visit our beekeeping blog at thebeehivejive.com Follow us on twitter @thebeehivejive  
August 14, 2017
In this episode of the Beehive Jive Tracey and Paul wrap up our queen rearing year by discussing our learnings acquired trying to establish a queen rearing program in our apiaries. We also talk about what is happening in our apiaries and beekeepers’ educational programs. 00:00 – 02:00: What’s up with Paul’s bees 02:00 – 00:00: Using Bee-Quick to clear supers – http://www.bee-quick.com/ 06:00 – 07:00: Getting nucs ready for winter 07:00 – 12:00:  BBKA education program – https://www.bbka.org.uk/learn/ 12:00 – 16:00: What’s happening in Tracey’s honey mines 16:00 – 21:00: Treatments 21:00 – 25:00: The Ivy flow is coming What did we learn about queen rearing this year. 25:00 – 31:00: Queen selection and grafting 33:00 – 40:00: Mating nucs learnings 40:00 – 43:00: Does rearing queens change your approach to colony management 43:00 – 49:00:  Culling queens & queen selection 49:00 – 51:00: Disappearing queens 51:00 – 52:00: Cell building plans for next year. 53:00 – 1:16:00: Queen rearing isn’t a linear process. 1:16:00 – 1:24:00: Rating our beekeeping year. Links: Visit our occasional beekeeping blog – http://www.thebeehivejive.com Excellent queen rearing course – http://www.tigerhallbees.co.uk/ Millar method – http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/millermethod.html
June 26, 2017
  Welcome to episode six of the Beehive Jive podcast. In this show we discuss: 00:01 – 00:08: Tracey’s apiary update 00:08 – 00:17: Paul’s apiary update 00:17 – 00:37: Mite bombs 00:37 – 01:00: Queen rearing update – the trouble with mating nucs   Links to items in the show: Mite bombs: https://thebeehivejive.com/2017/06/25/science-mite-bomb/ http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v423/n6935/abs/423032a.html Tom Jones:
May 16, 2017
Welcome to episode five of the Beehive Jive podcast. A beekeeping podcast from London, England. In this episode we discuss the tricky issue of swarming: why do bees swarm, can you spot the early signs and what to do if they do swarm. Running order: 00:00: What is Paul up to in his bees. 00:08: Tracey’s apiary update 00:14: Stress-free swarm control 00:20 Artifical swarm 00:30 How to spot signs of swarm preparation 00:35 Using swarm control for queen rearing 00:38 How many queen cell to leave in the hive 00:44 Top two tips for swarm control 00:47: Don’t panic and knock down all the cells!! 00:49: Clipping queens 00:55: Collecting swarms 01:00 Wrap up Links: Guide to swarm control http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=1077
April 12, 2017
In this episode, Tracey and Paul talk about things to consider if you want to jump into the exciting World of beekeeping. In summary: • Join a local club • Take a class • Make friends It really is that simple ….. almost 00:00: What’s going on in Tracey’s apiary? 03:00: What’s up with Paul’s bees. 15:00: How to start beekeeping 16:50: Where to start 18:30: Find a local club 25:00: Types of hive 29:00: Where to get bees from 44:00: What can you do in the winter? 46:00: Book recommendations 52:00: Online resources Links to stuff mentioned in this podcast. British Beekeepers Association – https://www.bbka.org.uk/ Beebase – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/ Guide to Bees & Honey: The World’s Best Selling Guide to Beekeeping- http://amzn.eu/1v0QLZ0 Bees at the Bottom of the Garden – http://amzn.eu/gCisynG The Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees – http://amzn.eu/3dZsCDe The Honey Bee Around and About – http://amzn.eu/0qM7itM
March 21, 2017
The Beehive Jive Podcast Episode 003: Spring into Spring In this episode Tracey and Paul discuss what they do to give their bees the best start in the spring. Notes: We recorded this in a garden room, so we had a good view but the audio quality is occasionally a little wonky – lessonlearnt. On the plus side, you can hear the birds singing away in the background. When discussing Asian hornets Paul said they had a red thorax … oops …. they have a red abdomen: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4 http://www.thebeehivejive.com/3 twitter @thebeehivejive email : thebeehivejive@gmail.com Beekeeping blog: http://thebehivejive.com Beekeepers’ Corner youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAWbLe43GXsRx45OYWJhqWw 00:00 – 10:00 : Asian Hornet UK update Asian Hornet update – in the last show we spoke about the Asian Hornet and we were unsure if the nest found in the UK had come from the population in the EU or arrived via another route – it has now been confirmed that it has come from the European population. For more information about this threat check out the FERA page – http://fera.co.uk/news/showNews.cfm?id=795 17 March 2017 update: Scottish Goverment today confirmed that a single Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina had been identified at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. The Asian Hornet is a non-native species and a serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators which has recently become established in Europe. There are no more public health risks associated with Asian hornets than with other bees or wasps. Asian hornets were first identified in the UK during autumn 2016, that outbreak was dealt with and no further reports have been confirmed since. It is not possible to identify the origin of this individual and no further sightings have been made, however for surveillance purposes SG has placed Asian Hornet traps in the area and alerted the pest control industry and beekeepers to be vigilant for this species 10:00 – 21:00 : Tracey’s first inspection of the year. 22:00 – 28:00 : Bait hives. Check out the bucket bait hive featured on Kiwi Mana Buzz – http://kiwimana.co.nz/swarm-trapping-bees-with-a-mobile-swarm-trap-km104/ 28:00 – 30:00 : Varroa control with sugar. 30:00 – 32:00 : Do you change boxes every season? 32:00 – 43:00 : Paul’s apiary inspection 43:00 – 53:00 : Hive records on the roof. 53:00 – 60:00 : Nosema & shook swarms 60:00 – 1:10 : Swarm control 1:10 – 1:14 : Clipping Queens 1:14 – 1:00 : Letter bag
February 26, 2017
Hello, Welcome to episode two of the Beehive Jive beekeeping podcast. We’re two beekeepers based in South London, we don’t claim to be experts so this isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for beekeeping gurus. However; if you enjoy hearing people chatting about bees this is the podcast for you. In this episode, we discuss some of the pests threaten out bees and what precautions we can take to support our hives and other beekeepers. Find us at our beekeeping blog http://www.thebeehivejive.com Or follow us on twitter @thebeehivejive Show notes 00:00 – 16:00: Varroa is Australia 16:00 – 25:00:  shook swarm 25:30 – 28:30: Small hive beetle in Italy 28:30 – 39:00: Asian hornet 39:00 – 43:00: Bees alarm signal 43:00 – 60:00: What we’ll be doing in our apiary in the next few weeks Links to things we talked about: Foudationless frames http://theapiarist.org/blog/ Register your bees – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/ Whoop whoop – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04sxddd Asian hornet traps – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=208 Shook swarms – www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=1075
January 24, 2017
Welcome to our very first podcast, We’re two beekeepers based in South London, we don’t claim to be experts so this isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for beekeeping gurus. However; if you enjoy hearing people chatting about bees this is the podcast for you. Show notes 00:00 – 02:00 – Introduction 02:00 – 04:00 – Paul’s 2016 season in review 04:00 – 14:00 – Experience with foundationless frames 14:00 – 19:00 – First try at Queen raising 19:00 – 22:00 – Tracy’s 2016 season in review 22:00 – 27:00 – Trouble with buying in Nucs 27:00 – 34:00 – Robbing & making robbing screens 36:00 – 38:00 – Adventures with entrance blocks 38:00 – 45:00 – Polynuc the beekeeping Swiss Army Knife 45:00 –56:00 – Feeding hives during the winter 56:00 -60:00 – Plans for next year Links to things we talked about BBKA http://www.bbka.org.uk/ Tiger Hall Bees – http://www.tigerhallbees.co.uk/ National Bee Unit -http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/ Queen right method of rearing – http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=278 Lyson mating nucs – http://tomaszlyson.co.uk/polystyrene-beehives/2777-mini-ul-niemalowany-bez-ramek.html
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