2014 Honey Show

2014 Honey Show -11th October

Doors open at 10:00am until 4:00pm with FREE admission to the venue, the Gym hall at Reigate Priory Middle School, Reigate. This year our show's theme will be War Time Beekeeping, with plenty to interest all the family … More…

I want to be a beekeeper

Want to be a beekeeper?

Book a place on our next ‘Introduction to Beekeeping Course’ that commences 12th January 2015. Ten Monday evening theory sessions will be followed by Wednesday evening practical sessions at our training apiary during April. More…

Reigate Market

Reigate Market

Every 4th Friday of the month, between 9am and 2pm; Reigate Beekeepers can be found at our market stall at the Reigate Farmers Market in the centre of Reigate town at the junction of High Street, Church Street and Bell Street More…

This is Us

Interested in Bees?

Thinking you might like to take up beekeeping?
Wondering what Reigate Beekeepers is doing to save the bees?
Trying to decide which beekeeping club to join?
Well why not start with … More…

Tree Bumblebees

Bird Boxes & Bumble Bees

Bird boxes and now Tree Bumblebees are widespread throughout the UK. The problem is that the latter regards the former as its favourite nest site, and will aggressively defend its nest. While the boxes are empty, is a good time to take precautions. More…

Beginners Practical Training

Practical Training

Teaching Apiary meetings take place every week (weather permitting), from the first week in April to the end of August on Wednesday evenings starting at 6.30pm. The apiary itself will typical house approximately 12 hives, which … More…

Find the Queen!

No, not a dodgy street side Card Trick, but often a very necessary requirement for any beekeeper, and a statement, frequently heard from a Beginner is “I’ve never seen my queen”.

The queens are in the colonies, it’s just that they are not easy to spot, taking experience and a method to reliably find a queen.

But how good could you be?

Marking queens makes a big difference, they are easier to distinguish and it’s near impossible to learn from websites, but the more queens you have seen, the more likely you are to find her.

So … to help you along, here are a few pictures of queen bees. Most of them are marked, but do spend some time studying how different she looks compared with other bees around her. It’s that difference that you are looking to spot.

Once you reckon you can do it with your eyes closed so to speak, come along to our Honey Show or one of the shows or fetes where Reigate Beekeepers have an observation hive on the stand, and give it a try for real.

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