John Hauxwell’s Discussion Groups are back for 2019

John is one of NLBs most experienced and knowledgeable beekeepers. A great opportunity for members to learn and discuss aspects of beekeeping in an informal setting.

To book your place for these talks please email John Hauxwell

Wednesday 27th February: Laying Workers/Drone Laying Queens
7.30 - 9.30pm 

Workers can start laying if the colony swarms and the new queen fails to be mated or is lost. As a result, no emergency queen can be created.   We will discuss the circumstances and what can be done. Queens may run out of sperm and therefore lay unfertilised eggs, hence drones. Why and what to do?

Wednesday 6th March: Basics of Queen Rearing
7.30 - 9.30pm

There are many ways to produce your own new queens, either in small or large quantities. These should be selected for their good traits such as quiet nature, not swarmy and hard-working offspring. We will discuss some of the easier rearing methods.  

Wednesday 20th March: Pheromones
7.30 -9.30pm  

Virtually every aspect of the colony is dictated by pheromones (smells). Queens, workers, drones and brood are all smelly in their own way. If the smell disappears, we will discuss what happens in the colony, what to look out for and what to do.

Please note these discussion groups are for NLB Members who have some experience of keeping bees.