Wax Workshop Success

We all had a fantastic time at the Wax Workshop. Even the snow did not stop the course from going ahead. We all managed to walk away with our own fantastic examples of rolled candles, dipped candles and mold candles as well as beeswax polish, hand cream and soap.

Neo-Nictoinoids - The French Experience

The attached report, written and distributed by Graham White, a Scottish beekeeper, will make you aware of the battle that took place in France from 1994-2000  over neonicotinoids and bee/ bird/ wildlife deaths. It also presages the political struggle that will undoubtedly follow in Australia and New Zealand - as a re-run of what has already taken place in France, Germany, the UK and the USA.

A detailed account of the fight against neonicotinoids

Petition Your MP To Ban Neonicotinoids

British bees are dying. With some species already extinct, our bees are in real danger. Our best hope to protect them could be to persuade the government to ban the pesticides that harm them. [1]

This week, a report from leading scientists confirmed a specific pesticide poses a real danger to our bees. [2] This could be enough evidence to force the government into bringing in this vital ban, but the chemical giants who make these pesticide will be lobbying against a ban.

South East Bee Report 2012

The 2012 South East Report from the Regional Bee Inspector, Alan Byham, is now available on the NBU Beebase website.

Banded Hoverfly

Bee Varroa Film

Members and the general public will be interested in seeing this fascinating film from the BBC.

BBC Varroa Film

Honey Warehouse Emptied


Low yields this year may make honey stocks more attractive to thieves.

Four tons of honey were stolen from a warehouse belonging to a bee farmer near Gloucester before Christmas. The honey was in 30 pound containers and CCTV showed the honey being loaded into a lorry but, as yet, the thieves have not been identified.

Honey Survey 2012

The honey survey for the South East Region has just been published. And it makes hard reading: the honey take is at an all time low 19lbs against 31lbs last year (which was regarded as a bad year!) per hive. Honey Survey 2012

Epigenetic Codes in Bee Development

New research at the University of Sheffield and in Australia has discovered histone codes in honey bees for the first time. These codes are in the proteins that control the way DNA is expressed. They could hold clues to the way that bee larvae with identical genetics can develop differently into queens and workers based on environmental factors such as what they eat.

Order Your 2013 Harrow Beekeepers Calendar!

Roll up, roll up, for your Harrow Beekeepers Calendar. We have a fascinating collection of pictures from our beekeepers on their travels to remind you of the diversity of our organisation. If you are interested please go add your request through the Contact Page.


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