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Help needed urgently!!! North Somerset Agricultural Show

A message from Wendy Welham:-

5th May 2014 at Wraxall

H E L P!

I’ve left it a bit late, I know, but I need some very kind volunteers to help man the BCD stand at this year’s NSAS. If you are willing to help you need only commit […]

First swarm of the season?

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I was sat at my desk yesterday and saw what looked like scout bees flying in a characteristic flight pattern in the car park, and hawking up and down the road. I wondered around but saw nothing. Shame.

This afternoon Me Julie texted me. Swarm at Worle! I arrived directly from work. […]

Want bees? Waiting list for nucs now open

Two of our members are offering nucleus for club members again.

Priced at £160, waiting list now open – hopefully ready June-ish.

Available on National/14×12 frames from Stephen Brain ( ) or on Commercial frames from Phil Clemente ( ).

The supplied nucleus will comply with BBKA guidelines, if you’re not sure what […]

April Newsletter

Is now available here

Adrian Wells tells us of his three stings, and a cautionary tale from Paddy Brading, along with lots of other good stuff.

Update from the Queen Rearing Group

Lots happening, full details here

The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney – 8pm tonight BBC4

Series which follows Martha Kearney’s bee-keeping year and explores the science, art and culture of the honeybee, the most ingenious insect known to humankind.

Martha Kearney’s year gets off to a bad start when unseasonal snow in spring threatens to kill the bee colonies she keeps in her garden in Suffolk. With help from a […]

Branch books available to borrow

The branch has an extensive library of book stat are free for members of the association to borrow.

A full list is here

They cover all topics, and can be used to study for module exams, help you plan your garden, or just for fun!

If your not sure which book to borrow, or would […]

Apiary Session – Sun at last!

Here are some photos from todays session, where there was lots of learning, and not too many stings!

There is a session as normal next Sunday (Easter Sunday), 2.30pm start. If the weather is bad, watch the website for details.

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Reporting suspect sightings of the Asian hornet

Message from the National Bee Unit (NBU):-

As many of you know, the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects. It has recently extended its geographical range from Asia to mainland Europe following an accidental introduction to France, and is now also present in Spain, Belgium, Portugal and […]

They are getting going early! Go check your hives!

It was a nice warm afternoon yesterday, Friday April 4th and I wanted to give my hives a check through. I had given them a very quick check on March 16th and they were building up nicely then.

The first hive was still doing well, although I didn’t see the queen, there were lots of […]