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Honey Honey Honey!

Well what a month of mixed weather it’s been! lots of rain at the start of the month a week of amazing temperatures and sun last week and back to slightly dull this week. The good thing is the rain has really helped to boost a lot of the plants so when it is warm the bees have an abundance of nectar to collect!

Last week when the temperatures were above 25°c (most of the week) clover was yielding really well. One of our hives filled a completely empty super with honey in less than 4 days!! The great news is that box had a special thin wax foundation for the bees to work on, which means we are going to be able to cut it up and sell it as good old fashioned cut comb, something we are regularly asked for! I’m really excited that I have also been able to source ‘veg ware’ these plastic looking pots that will hold our honey comb are actually compostable and made from plant fibres meaning they are much better for the environment than single use plastic.

We have also started selling queens this month, as you will know from my previous blog posts and letters in Bee Craft queen rearing is something that really interests me. As I now have a surplus of queens from my breeding program I am selling them, and I must say how pleased I am that so many people want to try them. It was quite strange going to the post office with bees but the post office staff took it very well though and the bees arrived at their destinations safely 24 hours later.

On the 28th I enjoyed being back at Market Bosworth Farmers Market, which is currently the only regular market that I am attending. There was a really good turn out and everyone was being well behaved (social distancing wise), if you are interested in finding lots of local food producers come along next month on the 26th July.
Also we have our first event of the year on the 4th and 5th July at Planters Garden Centre. We will be attending the Open Air Country Fair which promises to be a great event with over 40 producers attending, the fair will be extra spaced out and on a one way flow to make social distancing possible, it certainly looks like it will be a good event to visit!

Today (30th June, if you’ve read any of my previous blogs you’ll know I have a bad habit of leaving it to the last minute!) I have been for a drive around the Peak District. The beautiful views weren’t all I was there for however, I have been checking on the heather and meeting the land owners where my bees will be from late July for around a month or until the ‘flow’ has stopped. This does mean that we will hopefully have some heather cut comb for sale, heather honey has recently become more popular as it is said to rival Manuka with many of it’s properties.

Thank you for reading our blog, as ever if you have any questions or would like any topics covering please get in touch to

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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May 2020: Hot Hot Hot!

May seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, I can hardly remember when things happened this month as it all seems a blur. The weather has been amazing for everyone sunbathing and of course our bees, it seems strange hoping for rain but we really do need some rain to get the flowers going again as they are starting to slow down now.

Equipment has been one of the biggest issues this month, the bees have done far better than I could have hoped and I have increased the number of hives quite significantly to around 110 although that figure seems to rise everyday at the moment. Building frames is usually a winter job but I’ve needed far more than I had planned so have had to build a lot recently. I built a small jig like one I used in Australia to help me make frames quicker. Unlike the traditional way of making frames with small nails tacked in each side I use glue and a 1 inch staple to hold them firm.

Queen rearing is often a topic I enjoy talking about and this month has been the first month I have produced a signifcant number of queens myself here in the UK. I am producing around 20 queens a week now mainly for my own use but I am looking to eventually sell some. The queens are Carniolan a breed of bees native to south east Europe. They build up in numbers very quickly and are known for large colonies and good honey production. I am trying to move away from a hybrid breed called Buckfasts as selective breeding is hard on a small scale as there is a much greater variation in traits inherited by the daughter queens due to their hybrid nature.

Grafting is the method I use for queen rearing, I move a 1 day old larvae into a cell designed to mimic a queen cell and place it in a hive with no queen, the bees then instinctively produce queen cells which are moved into small hives 10 days later. 3 weeks after that the queens have been on mating flight and are ready to head up their own hives! I apologise that I have no photos of the mating hives or of our finished queen cells but I will post them on our social media and in the blog next month.

I am expecting a tricky next few weeks as the spring flowers end and before the summer flowers begin, this to beekeepers is called the June gap. The colonies are very large and need a lot of food but they are unable to get enough naturally. Last week I made 250kg of sugar syrup ready to feed the hives if needed. To make the syrup I simply fill the barrel with the right amount of sugar and warm water 2:1 ratio roughly and use a gas heater to warm the syrup up so that it dissolves fully. I then tap it off into Jerry cans ready to be used where its needed.

Thank you for reading our blog, as ever if you have any questions or would like any topics covering please get in touch to

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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Spring is here!

Well where have the past four weeks gone? It seems like every month goes quicker than the one before it! This month has been a really busy month for us with the beekeeping season now well underway and lots of jobs to be done. Lockdown has had a relatively small impact as we can still go and check our bees and make deliveries. Unfortunately but understandably both of our regular farmers markets have now been cancelled until restrictions are lifted. If you do want a delivery of our honey then either order online or send me an email to

The month started with moving bees to the Oil Seed Rape (OSR), the honey we get from OSR is very light and sweet but has a tendency to granulate very fast. To make it more pleasant to eat we gently control the crystallisation so only small granules of sugar form which is much smoother and perfectly spreadable! This honey we sell as Soft Set and has become increasing popular with our customers over the past month or two.

Moving bees is always an interesting time, the night before I move bees I go around and strap each hive up so it can be moved without the floor and boxes becoming separated (If you want more info on the design of bee hives click here for a previous blog post on that topic). Early the next morning before the bees have had chance to go out foraging I go around closing the entrances before stacking them on the trailer. After checking the straps holding the bee hives on the trailer about 20 times (I always worry!!) I set off to the new location.

When I arrive I place wooden pallets down first and get them reasonably level with bricks under the corners if needed. Then the hives are set down on the pallet and the straps are taken off. Finally the entrance block is removed and the bees can then get out and fly, if everything has gone well then all of this should be done by about 8am and the bees haven’t been too disturbed.

The next job for the month was siting a container. Due to the expansion of Holt Hall Apiary there was no longer enough ‘bee proof’ storage, something that is very necessary in the autumn when bees are looking for food anywhere and unused frames covered in honey are irresistible but ‘robbing’ as its called isn’t something we want to encourage as it can help spread disease and incite bees to rob other hives which can actually kill weaker colonies.

A tight fit under the power lines but safely offloaded!

One of the most enjoyable parts of the month has without a doubt been getting 60 households and schools from around the local area to decorate a bee hive for us. You will have seen from previous posts our hives are generally brown, well for the first time since I started beekeeping I painted them all white, they were then distributed to people who had volunteered their creative services via a Facebook post to some local pages.
The results have been absolutely fantastic, there are still a few boxes to collect but once they are all in they will be varnished so the designs can live outside year round and then I will be taking photos of every side of every box and will share on our Facebook, Instagram, and of course here next month. In the mean time here is a sample of what I’ve had back so far!

Thank you for reading our blog, and supporting our local business. Any shares on social media or through word of mouth would be massively appreciated as we are looking to increase our local deliveries to offset the closure of farmers markets.

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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Back Home And Back To My Bees!

I’ve been straight back to work, all the hives have been checked and although they are a couple of weeks behind where they were at at this time last year they have wintered well. My next job is to move 20 hives out to a site of Oil Seed Rape which seems to be extremely early this year. As the hives are slightly behind and the Oil Seed Rape is ahead I’m not expecting a bumper crop of honey but it will provide great stimulation for the bees which will mean strong hives for the summer honey flows.

Well I’ve been back at home for about two weeks now, although with everything that’s been going on that feels more like 2 months! I have been especially busy making local deliveries of honey to lots of new customers around Kingsbury, Wood End and Tamworth. The weather has been quite changeable too going from quite warm low teens back down to 5 or 6 degrees, I am however looking forward to this coming week as temperatures are set to increase again.

Last week I also took delivery of 100 deep Langstroth boxes to extract from a bee farmer who hadn’t got around to doing it. After a few days warming them up to make extracting easier I have managed to get about half done. Hopefully I will have finished the extracting by Wednesday which will leave me a few days to get the wax rendered down and everything ready to be collected. It’s been a big job but it’s been a good test of my extractor and my new heated uncapping tank (An uncapping tank allows me to warm the wax cut off to expose the honey before extracting, the wax and honey is separated which means less honey is lost during processing)

Next week in the warmer weather I plan to go through and combine a few of the smaller hives, doing this means they can produce more brood together than they could on their own. Once they have built up well they will be split back into their own hives hopefully in just over a months time. The queens from the hives I am combining will be ‘banked’ that means to put them in a cage and keep several in one hive. It will mean that when the time comes to make the splits again I can reintroduce the queens and they will carry on with very little interruption.

Regarding beekeeping experiences, I have had several emails about if vouchers will be valid for longer if courses are postponed due to Covid-19. As we run courses to September I am hoping that we will be able to run some courses even if we miss the first month or two of courses. Of course this will mean the amount of available spaces during the season is reduced and so we will extend the vouchers expiry date by 12 months to ensure everyone gets a chance to redeem their voucher!

Honey Deliveries, we will be continuing to make honey deliveries to local areas. As the website may not calculate postage correctly please email me at to make your order for local delivery, If you are not in the Tamworth area please go ahead and make your order as per usual via our website. In order to minimise the journeys we are making you may have to wait a couple of days as we will look to combine several deliveries into one trip.

Thank you for reading our blog, next month I hope to be able to share with you lots of bright images of the Oil Seed Rape in flower and our bees busy at work. Until then stay safe.

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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February – The Australian Beekeeping Season Is Coming To An End

Well it’s the end of February and that means this will be my last article from Australia! I can’t believe how fast my time has gone here and how much I’ve learnt about all aspects of commercial beekeeping. It’s given me lot’s to think about this season with my own bees.

This month as last month has been very much about queen rearing and requeening hives. We are coming towards the end of the season here and we are starting to push hives down to two boxes high ready for them to go through winter. This means we have also been busy extracting honey and sorting comb honey for our customers.

We also had an issue with rain, yes rain! After months of worrying about hives being damaged by fire it was actually water that caused the damage. One of our sites with Nucs became flooded and some nucs were as much as half submerged, amazingly despite being so water logged not a single one died!

Thinking back to my bees at home, I’m starting to plan where my bees will be going this season. I will be looking for sites after June around the midlands so if you have room for 20 hives and think you have a suitable location then please get in touch. I will be also looking for sites on heather moors so again if you have any contacts then please email me at –

Hives at home braced for Storm Dennis

One of my first jobs will be going to see what’s left of the Oil Seed Rape crops I was due to be moving bees onto and then moving as may hives as I can to those locations. Many of my overwintered nucs are almost full already so many will be moved into full hives. Queen rearing will also start as soon as I see drones in the hive, Hopefully around early to mid April as it’s been quite mild.

I’m also excited to say I have a few talks coming up, one to a gardening club talking about bees and planting for bees. The other is to a local beekeepers association where I am talking about my time in Australia and honey extracting.

Next month I’m looking forward to being able to update you on my bees and then I hope to pick one topic of focus each month and write a more in depth blog which will be suitable for people interested in bees as well as actual beekeepers.

Thank you for reading
Matthew Ingram

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Beekeeping, Increasing your hive numbers

Well another month has flown by! I can’t believe that I only have one full month left in Australia, but I’m looking forward to coming home and getting my own bees sorted. One of the first jobs when I return will be taking them to the Oil Seed Rape, which on a side note this year is looking very poor due to the wet weather and increased flea beetle damage.

I’ve decided that I’ll talk about increasing hive numbers as this is something we are busy doing here in Australia and something that is very high on my agenda for my own bees at home.

There’s a number of ways to make an increase, the easiest of which is split a hive that’s planning to swarm, usually called the nuc method. This is one of the simplest forms of swarm control and one I would recommend you use when you find a hive with queen cells. When you see more than 1 or 2 queen cells it is likely the hive is preparing to swarm and you need to do something or you might lose the swarm! The nuc method requires you to simply move the old queen a frame of capped brood and a good few shakes of bees onto foundation. The old queen feels like she’s swarmed because she is now in a small colony with only a small amount of brood and flying bees. You then need to go through the old hive and knock down the queen cells so there is only one healthy cell left. When I do this I put a queen excluder on the bottom so the queen cannot leave and remove it a week later once the queen is laying.

If you are not able to move the nuc to a new location over 3 miles away then the best solution is to move the main hive a metre or so to one side and put the nuc in its place, all of the foraging bees will return to the nuc and make it very strong. If you are going to move the hive to one side then you can leave the frame of brood in the main hive, just be sure to remember the queen excluder because bees on just foundation may decide to try and leave.

One of our queens ready to go to make a new hive

The problem with this method is it requires you already have a hive that wants to swarm. There is also no guarantee that the queen in the Nuc won’t still want to swarm.

My personal preference and the method we use here is to make a new hive using brood from either one or a few hives, plus shaking a few frames of bees. We then have a full hive or Nuc to which we add an already mated queen. All of the colonies will have a mated queen rather than leaving queen cells which means they can expand much faster.

We start by going through strong hives that have previously been checked for disease and finding the queen, this is really important when we want to move frames around. Just checking for the queen on the frame you are moving isn’t good enough because they are so easy to miss! Have a practice with the picture below, feel free to comment with the square you think the queen is in. I will post the answer in the comments in a week so you can check if you were right!

We then select a frame of brood, most of which needs to be capped, and put that frame into a nuc box. If it’s a strong hive you can pull more than one frame of brood but remember that this will knock back the original colony. I suggest you make the nucs with 2 full frames of capped brood, 1 or 2 frames of honey and foundation for the remaining frames. The brood should be moved with the bees on it which is why it’s important to know the queen isn’t on that frame. The nuc can be made from one hive or a combination of multiple hives. While the text books say bees from different hives will fight in these circumstances its unlikely to be an issue because there pheromones from more than 2 hives. I would then close the nuc up and move it to a new location.

If you can’t move the nuc to a new location then make it with slightly less bees, for example move one or two frames without any bees on them and place the nuc in the spot of a full hive, they will then get bees from that hive. You can then either add a queen cell that is ready to hatch, or my personal preference is to introduce a mated queen in a cage plugged with candy that they will release after a couple of days.

This method sounds more complicated but it allows you to make an increase without knocking any one hive back, it can also be used to make sure no single hive gets too busy and wanting to swarm.

For both methods I would also recommend adding a feeder of 1:1 sugar syrup to help boost the nuc. The added feed will stimulate the queen to lay and the bees to draw out foundation. Once the bees have filled the nuc box it can then be moved into a full hive. Making sure the bees have good access to pollen is also important to help with their development

Can you spot the pollen the bee is carrying?

Queen rearing is an important part of the method I use and something which I will talk about next month and something I think all beekeepers should have a go at. While there is almost no end to the number of ways to split hives the methods which I have briefly mentioned are in my opinion the best. This has only been very brief and I’d be happy to answer any questions in the comments below!

If you’re a member of a club and would be interested in me coming and doing a talk feel free to get in touch – Here. I am happy to talk about any aspect of beekeeping for groups with any level of beekeeping experience. So long as the group is interested in bees or beekeeping I will be happy to come and talk.

Our beekeeping experience dates have also been released so please book in as soon as possible as we are expecting quite a high demand although we have plenty of dates available at the moment. You can find the dates – Here

Thank you for reading this short blog about how I expand the number of hives I have got and please feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like in the comments below.

Matthew Ingram

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years celebrations! I had a warm Christmas and new year which was a first for me, certainly not the same as being at home but it was nice anyway. New Years Eve I spent in Sydney which was amazing, and it was nice to have a few days holiday!

Firstly I’d like to say a massive thank you to all our customers and readers, I really appreciate the support that you’ve shown to us over the past year. Our beekeeping experiences have gone from strength to strength and we will be running even more courses this year, keep an eye out over the coming weeks for the dates to be published for this summer.

I’d also like to ask everybody reading if there is anything they want explaining, It can be any aspect of beekeeping, I’ll answer any questions and I’m happy to share the way I manage my bees if anyone wants to know about a specific area of beekeeping. Just send me an email to and I will answer your questions in this blog.

My bees at home are going well, a lot now have fondant on, It seems that many people throughout the UK are finding their bees going through food a lot quicker that expected, If you’ve got bees and not checked them recently It may be worth hefting your hive. Hefting is simply lifting one end of the hive off the ground to gauge the weight. If you’re not sure or they feel light then I would add fondant as a precaution. Next year I’m hoping to be able to share with you the weights of our hives as they progress through the winter as I know hefting is something that requires a lot of practice.

Bees Eating through the fondant… and a pesky mouse has messed with the insulation!

Back in Australia it’s been another busy month, this month we have spent a lot of time working with queens. We have started to requeen all of our hives to ensure they are in the best possible shape for next year. We are producing around 100 queens a week at the moment. The queen cells we produce are moved into mating nucs, these are small colonies that allow queens to mate before we collect them and move them into the queen banks.

Mating Nucs all set out in lines

The mated queens once ready to be introduced into a hive are kept in a queen bank until needed. The queen bank can hold 100s of queens, queens can be ‘banked’ for up to a month so we can decide when we use them.

Queen Cages, each one contains one queen

The drought continues and we have had to move a few loads to more suitable locations. The lack of water is really starting to cause an issue with the trees flowering, they are no longer producing much nectar and so honey production is very limited. On some of our sites we’ve even had to start providing water, It’s really amazing just how much water 120 hives can consume in a day.

Bees land on floating mats to stop them from drowning

The good thing this week is that the smoke haze has moved from a lot of our area. Unfortunately for the people of New South Wales the fires are still just as bad, just luckily for us they are no longer as close. The haze lifting has revealed some amazing views from Dorrigo, one of the areas we have a few loads of bees.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog,

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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Sun, Bees and Bush Fires!

Well after what feels like 5 minutes since I was last writing a blog post here I am again, the 1st December, two months in and time is showing no sign of slowing down, I’m expecting the next few months to go just as quick and I must admit to looking forward to the start of the UK beekeeping season!

It’s been incredibly hot over the past month which I know many of you in the UK would love at the moment however wearing a full bee suit it certainly isn’t ideal and some days I find myself missing British weather (Although maybe not the rain)

One of the things that has come from the unprecedented heat early in the season here is bush fires, I’m sure many of you will have seen the bush fires on the news. Luckily we haven’t lost any hives and have lost very few sites, so compared to a lot of beekeepers in our area we have gotten off very lightly. We did have a few close calls which required us moving around 50 tons of honey to another location and moving over 400 hives in one evening! A few very busy days but all seems to be calming down now and under control.

Due to the lack of water there has been a lack of forage for bees and so we have been travelling a lot more over the past month, we currently have sites up to about 3 hours away with most at least 2 hours away. On one of our busier weeks we travelled over 1,200 miles checking hives and harvesting honey! In a usual day extracting honey we will be able to extract around 3 tons, some days as much as 5 tons!

Over the next few weeks we are starting to rear queens for our own use through the season, some will also be sold. We expect to need around 2000 queens and the first 200 cells have now been grafted. Hopefully next time I will be able to share many more pictures about queen rearing here.

Back At Home

Things have been busy back at home, a big thank you to my Mum who many of you will have seen braving the weather at our usual markets and a few extra ones for Christmas. Remember we will be at Buzzards Valley Artisan Market on the 8th December and Market Bosworth Farmers Market on the 22nd December. Please come along and support not only us but also the other fantastic traders at both markets, a great place to find special gifts and food for Christmas!

I’m very excited to announce that we are trialing a subscription service for our honey as so many of our customers are reordering regularly. You simply select the type of honey that you would like and how often you’d like to receive it and its that simple, you’ll be automatically billed and your honey will arrive by whatever postage option you select! Find out more – HERE

On to our bees, they are all doing well and winter feeding is finished, there is a small amount of insulation over some of our weaker wooden hives to give them a bit more warmth although the weather is looking quite mild over the next few weeks.

Thank you for reading!

Matthew Ingram

Holt Hall Apiary

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My First Australian Blog!

Well what a first month! I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone since I arrived here to start work on a bee farm with around 1,800 hives! For the past three weeks there has been just 4 of us working here so it’s been very busy and a massive learning curve to a different style of beekeeping to the UK.

The first major difference to the UK is obviously the weather, it’s around 30 degrees here most days although this is very much only spring time here. The bees do not face the same cold wet winter as they would do in the UK but that poses challenges in itself, the queen continues to lay all year so the hives go through far more food even when there is little or no nectar around.

Around 80% of the honey produced in Australia comes from tree nectar, the problem here is that unlike the UK when everything flowers yearly the trees here which are mainly different varieties of Eucalyptus some which can take up to 5 years to come into flower again. This means the flow of honey is quite unpredictable and when a good spot is found lots of commercial beekeepers move into that area.

I’m just writing this after a busy 3 days around 300km south of where we are based, we have around 900 hives there at the moment because the Iron Bark Tree is just coming into flower, having tried that honey for the first time yesterday it’s already one of my favourites! Almost every few miles you see commercial beekeepers sites (you can tell they are commercial because they are generally in large groups of up to 120 hives) Yesterday alone between 5 people we managed to put supers on 740 hives, and removed around 300 supers this morning.

The scale here is truly enormous, I’m very happy with my extracting setup at home but this really shows me what is possible, we are able to extract around 3 – 4 tonnes of honey in 1 day here using a full extracting line which uncaps the frames and they slide into a 60 frame extractor! Last year on this bee farm they harvested around 200 tonnes which is just a mind blowing amount of honey.

One of the things I was most interested to learn about while in Australia was bee pests and diseases. One of the first and most common pests here is the Small Hive Beetle (SHB) It’s a small beetle who’s larvae will eat through almost every part of a beehive, to smaller weaker hives they are deadly and will kill a hive however stronger colonies can defend themselves. This is particularly interesting as it’s expected that the SHB will eventually make its way to the UK through the importation of bees from abroad.

One of the other interesting things for me as a beekeeper is getting hands on experience with European Foul Brood (EFB) and American Foul Brood (AFB) both are notifiable in the UK, meaning that if we find either in our hives we have to let DEFRA know and the hives are destroyed. Here both types can be treated with antibiotics although they often aren’t as you can’t extract the honey from those hives for at least 3 months. EFB is seen here as being a minor issue, one that to my amazement the bees can and do actually recover from naturally in some cases. AFB is certainly seen as more serious with infected hives moved into isolated apiaries and amazingly they also remain strong for a long time and I was surprised at how slow the infection takes to spread between hives. This obviously doesn’t change my reaction to either disease at home and I urge all beekeepers to report any suspected cases to the National Bee Unit, however it’s very interesting to see how differently it’s dealt with here.

A quick word on my bees back home. The bees are finally coming up to winter weight now, slightly behind last year but that was to be expected with me leaving part way through winter feeding. A massive thank you for my family who have been doing a great job of feeding the bees with very little beekeeping experience and with only a little guidance from myself and fellow bee farmer Nigel Collier who has very kindly agreed to stop in every couple of weeks to check on the bees.

Thank you for reading this quite wordy post, there is so much to talk about here and I will be sure to keep you all updated in a month!

Matthew Ingram

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September: The end of the beekeeping season!

Well it doesn’t seem five minutes since I was last sat down to write last months blog. We’ve been busy at lots of shows and markets again this month as well as getting all our bees ready for winter! I’ve also learned this month that there are quite a lot of readers that are either already beekeepers or looking at becoming beekeepers so I will try and make sure my blog goes into enough depth for the beekeepers but explain everything the best I can for new or non-beekeepers.

The Bees

So all of the surplus honey is now off our bees, I’m really quite happy with the amount of honey we have harvested even though we split our hives so much. Splitting a hive is basically taking some of the bees from one hive and putting it in a new one with a new queen, the idea being that you can get more hives this way, the downside is that each time you split a hive you reduce the amount of honey they will be able to produce.

Mite treatments have finished now as well, We use Mite Away Quick Strips as it means we can very quickly kill off the Varroa Mite and if managed correctly does very little damage to the bees.

One of the biggest jobs of this month has been moving all of our bees to one overwintering site. There are lots of advantages to moving to large wintering sites for bees. The main benefit is that they are easier to look after as a group and easier to compare, we also don’t need to be driving around so much and the bees don’t need a certain area of forage as there is limited food around. The only problem is that in March we will be busy again moving the bees back out onto the Oil Seed Rape to start the season off again!

We are nearly finished with feeding our bees for winter. For convenience I have decided to go from a sugar syrup I mix from granulated sugar, water and a small amount of thymol to stop it going moldy to Invertbee. Invertbee is a ready made syrup that the bees take down and store as honey without needing to process it. The main advantage to this is that as the bees can use this syrup without processing it we can leave it on the hives even when it’s cold without worrying about condensation. As we have purchased in bulk and will have more than we need this winter if there are any beekeepers that would like any please get in touch for a price.

Invertbee winter feed for bees

Other News From Us

I have in the past been asked to do various talks to local clubs, associations and schools and so I have launched a new page on this website about what services we can offer. If you are a member of any groups that would be interested in talks about bees please do get in touch, It can be very basic ideal for people with just a general interest in bees up to quite specific and advanced talks for beekeeping groups. You can see that page – HERE

We’ve had a great uptake on our honey room for hire scheme with lots of honey harvested from people all around the midlands, We have now stopped for the winter but it will restart in May and I’m expecting great demand so make sure you book in early!


So as of course you all read this as soon as you got the notification email (as you’ve all already subscribed.. and those that haven’t will do!) I will be just coming into land at Hong Kong airport before my second flight to Sydney. From Sydney I will be flying north to a place called Coffs Harbor nearly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. I then have a 1 hour car journey to a town called Kempsey where I will be meeting the rest of the beekeeping team I’m working with.

I will be away working on a bee farm with 1,600 hives from the start of October until mid March when I will fly home to start the beekeeping season off in the UK. So this means that until my April blog the next 6 months of blogs will be about beekeeping in Australia and my experiences (although don’t worry this isn’t turning into a travel blog) I hope to be able to show you all some of the differences between beekeeping in the UK and elsewhere.

If any of you have any questions about my experiences in Australia or in the UK feel free to email me at and I will reply to you as fast as I can.

Thank you for reading our blog and the next one will be published at the start of November!

Matthew Ingram

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