Victoria's Honey Bee site hosted by
Barry's Bees
Victoria BC, Canada

or by EMail

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Barry the BeeMaster Barry
is an accredited Bee Master and BCHPA certified instructor of Beginner's Beekeeping. He is a local beekeeper serving the Greater Victoria area on the southern end of Vancouver Island, BC Canada as well as the Pender Islands and has been keeping bees for more than 20 years.

July 2022
Summer is here.

The blackberry bloom has finally started. Forage is plentiful. It is prudent to trap wasps as honey bees will be their main food supply when the blackberry bloom ends.
SWARM SEASON is near the End
My first swarm call of 2022 was on May 18. A swarm of honey bees start as a cloud of several thousand bees slowly moving through the air at tree top level. They eventually come down and cluster as a ball, usually on a tree branch. If you see a swarm of honey bees, please stay clear and call me directly on my swarm hotline at 250.900.5133 or by EMail. I will be happy to relocate these easily accessable clustered bees to a new home for FREE. For more information on why honey bees swarm and how to be safe around them, please visit my Swarms web page.
Bumble Bees
I can also relocate a colony of Bumble Bees. Bumble Bees are a ground nesting bee and can be found in compost bins. For assistance, please call me ditectly on my bee hotline at 250.213.2894 or by EMail. I will be happy to relocate these bumble bees to a new home for a small fee to cover travel costs.
I am available for presentations to special interest groups within the Greater Victoria area of British Columbia, Canada. My presentation highlights the development of the honey bee, their life cycle, integration with the world today and many other interesting aspects. I also supply a variety of honeys for taste testing. Please EMail me to inquire for availability to present at your group's gathering.
Equipment and Supplemental Feeding

After 7 years of development and 6 years of field testing the Rain Coast Bee Hive is now available for limited sales.  A supportive supplemental feeding  program  is proving beneficial.