North Staffordshire Beekeepers For everyone interested in honeybees in and around North Staffordshire

Joint Meeting with Cheshire Beekeepers – Roger Patterson

Thu 11 Apr 2024

From 19:30 until 21:00

At Smallwood Village Hall

School Lane Smallwood CW11 2UR

Roger started beekeeping in his native county of West Sussex in 1963. He had 130 colonies for about 15 years, but is now down to about 35. He has been the Apiary Manager for his local BKA for about 20 years and is one of the most prolific speakers and demonstrators in the UK, where his down-to-earth practical approach is appreciated. He is BIBBA President, past BBKA Trustee, BDI vice-chair, author of five beekeeping books and owner of Dave Cushman’s website


Beekeepers often decide what type of queen cells they have in their colonies by where they are placed on the comb, because that is what they are taught or read in books. This can be very unreliable, possibly resulting in the wrong action being taken, often leaving the colony hopelessly queenless. There will be some clear guidance on what to look for, so they can manage colonies accordingly. There will be tips on how to use queen cells

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