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‘The Good’. Some features of healthy bee brood.

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Images labelled * Courtesy The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Crown Copyright.


‘The Bad’. Some features of not-so-healthy bee brood.


‘The Ugly’. The notifiable pests and diseases.



Some of the activities East Devon Beekeepers participate in during the course of the beekeeping year


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Abandoned hive

We sometimes get asked to deal with abandoned hives. Not a pretty sight!

Old entrance

Ivy growing into the hive and old honey oozing out of the entrance.

Crown board

The colony has obviously been short of space at some point in the past.

Queen excluder

Rotten woodwork shows it has been abandoned for a few years.

Rotton floor

The floor was too rotten to move but bees still happily going in and out.

New brood box

National super with new foundation placed on top of old Commercial box.

Rearranged boxes

Tape up the gaps. Add a feeder. Wait for bees to move up into new home.

Stage two

Stage two. New stand & floor. Queen in National brood box. Old Commercial box will go on top.

Old Commercial box

The old Commercial box will be removed when all the brood has hatched.

End of stage two

End of stage two. The colony is still a bit tetchy despite the new accommodation.