BubbaCast # 3


The third and very late BubbaCast. My apologies, folks.

I’ve got a horse for sale, give a shoutout to Darcy at nkybeeker.com and talk about making splits.

Music: James Larson

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3 thoughts on “BubbaCast # 3

  • by Deanna

    I have to say I am really enjoying your podcasts. I am a new listener and know more about bees than ever before. Keep em coming!

    My friends in OK raise chickens so if you are so inclined to talk about them one day, maybe I can learn enough to know what they are talking about.

  • by Brian This is post author

    Thank you very much, Deanna. I’m really glad you enjoy it!

    I was actually planning to talk about the chickens on the next one. I’m trying not to focus too much on the bees, but that’s what my time is being spent on these days, so it’s exceedingly convenient.

    Thank you again!

  • by Therealjeff

    I find this quite worrying. I am the Secretary of the London Beekeeping Association (LBKA) and Boston would perhpas to be wise to see how urban beekeeping can get out of control. This is a wonderful hobby, don’t get me wrong, but it is not an easy one and people massively underestimate the time, cost and skill involved. A study by the National Bee Unit (NBU) here showeed that a whopping 34% of people go into it without ANY training at all and that close to 20% lose thier bees in the first season. Because people lack the husbandry skills we have seen a huge spike in swarms some of which cannot be collected. Poor training and swarming equals a lot of dead bees. The NBU has 3200 registered colonies in Greater London but only 75% of people rehister so that figure is closer to 5000. The benefits of keeping bees cannot be denied but do not be lulled into thining that saving the bees means keeping them. Plant pollinator rich flowers in your garden and the bees will come to you. The data Noah uses of honey yields shows 26lbs of honey but a colony needs 35lbs to get through the winter so modify dreams of getting piles of honey becasue this is not always the case. In Noah’s blog he talks about feeding bees syrup through the winter . why not leave the honey for them or is the yield of 26lbs what is left for the keeper after enough has been left for the bees? Somthing is wrong if you have to feed your bees for the whole winter and syrup does not contain the wide variety of nutrients they need and would be a bit like you or I eating Big Macs for four months. And then Best Bees is formulating supplements to give back to the bees which does not make sense. London has become totally dominated by a few glitzy’ fast talking commercial beekeepers who have convinced big business that keeping bees is cool we call it bee bling’ and many of these are vanity projects. Business is quickly backing away from keeping bees in London especially as we worry about the amount of available forage for them since each colony needs 120kg of nectar and 26-30 kgs of pollen to make it through the year. Here we are diverting cash being spent on keeping bees to bee related projects such as forage planting or social enterprise. We also fear that other pollinating insects such as bumblebees suffer in the competition for food as hundreds of thousands of bees are simply poured into the city.Ill trained keepers is a big probelm too. Lots of frilly’ courses have sprouted up (usually run by the same people who are installing bee hives) but a keeper cannnot hope to be competent until he/she has had at least a whole years worth of mentoring at the side of a more expereinced keeper. The LBKA (all volunteers)are picking up the mess with new keepers finding thier new hobby stressful becasue they simply do not know what they are doing. The same people lack the skill to recognise disease and with hives so densely packed in it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that disease (some air borne) could race across the city.To give you an idea the data we have suggests that 5 colonies can survive on 1sqkm of forage (and this is based on rural areas so decrease that number given that only 25% of London is green space) and in London we have nearly four times that number of hives. Please think before you take up this fantastic hobby but consider the bigger picture and at the very least, get proper training before you do it. And question the hype. People saying keep bees’ are often the ones selling bees’.Angela WoodsSec. LBKA

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