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Bee Gym – a green way to deal with varroa mite?

Could a new invention be a green way to deal with the varroa bee mite?

The varroa mite is the scourge of beekeepers, a parasite that attacks and weakens honey bees, sometimes destroying whole colonies.

Getting rid of it typically involves chemically treating the hive.

But could a new, non-chemical device called a Bee […]

Discovery of Small Hive Beetle in Italy

BBKA representatives attended the meeting of the Bee Health Advisory Forum held at Defra’s offices on Millbank, on 23 September 2014. At our request, the discovery of Small Hive Beetle (SHB) in South West Italy was a priority item on the agenda. We learned that the Italian authorities have established a 100km exclusion zone around […]

Things to do this autumn and winter once your bees have been tucked up.

Queen Rearing Group

So what Happened?

The Star Inn Tickenham at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th October. All welcome.

At the start of the year some of us from the branch informally got together to try out our skills at queen rearing. We had successes, partial successes and some failures.

We are running an […]

Jamie Llewelyn takes a swarm with a twist…

I had an unexpected call from a farmer friend this morning and went down to look at a tree that was recently cut down in one of his fields in Congresbury. There was a complete colony open to the elements looking very sorry for themselves.

I managed to transfer them into new lodgings and they […]

Winscombe Michaelmas Fair

The Winscombe Fair was another success thanks to all of those that helped. The fine weather brought out the crowds who stopped to chat, look at the bees, roll candles and buy honey.

After his success at the Bristol Honey Festival, we had to stop Blagdon and Clevedon member David Capon from scooping all the […]

Bee Improvement for All – Stroud

Dear Beekeeping Colleague,

In conjunction with the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) the Stroud BKA will be holding a “Bee Improvement for All” day. This is one of a number that BIBBA will be staging throughout the country on a regional basis. We have tried to select a date as far […]

Bee Improvement for All – Yeovil

Dear Beekeeping Colleague,

In conjunction with the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) Yeovil Division of Somerset BKA will be holding a ‘Bee Improvement for All’ day. This is one of a number that BIBBA will be staging throughout the country on a regional basis. We have tried to select a date […]

National Honey Show – Thursday 30th October to Saturday 1st November

To be held at St Georges College, Weybridge

Booking for workshops is now open Our on line booking system can be accessed at http://www.honeyshow.co.uk/bookingIf you don’t have access to the internet, ask at your local library, most libraries now have internet facilities. The National Honey Show Schedule is also now available. Members should have […]

Bee Advised – September 2014

The latest edition of the newsletter of Avon Beekeepers Association is here

Class Action

Our Swarm Liaison Manager, Adrian Wells found this, and wanted to share it with you:-

Canadian beekeepers are taking a Class Action against Bayer and Syngenta for negligence regarding their manufacture, sale and distribution of neonicotinoids which they insist has caused beekeepers to suffer significant losses and damage. These losses include killed or weakened bees; […]