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Ivy Bee

Message from Adrian Wells, Swarm Liasion Officer:-

Further to Autumn Watch, please find a fact sheet her about the Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) produced by BWARS. The sheet is aimed at bee keepers and those that may mediate between the public and Ivy Bees; they are also conducting a survey, mapping the spread of this […]

October Newsletter now released

Please find the latest edition of our branch newsletter here

You will find a reports on honey judging, swarms, and the upcoming AGM among the other interesting pieces.

Membership renewal 2014-2015

It’s that time of the year again.

Please find the membership forms and costs for this year here

Essential Items Purchase Scheme – Oxalic Acid

The aim is to provide a self funding/non profit making scheme to enable Branch members to purchase commonly used essential Bee Keeping supplies at reduced costs using the power of bulk purchasing to further the craft of beekeeping whilst reducing our environmental footprint.

The scheme is offering to provide API-Bioxal in time for its […]

Christmas meal – Friday 2 December 2016 at 7.30pm for 8.00pm

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The Winter Cluster

The first winter cluster takes place on Tuesday 21st October at The Star in Congresbury (BS49 5AJ). Come and join us at midday for a drink , a bite to eat and a gossip about bees, amongst other things. . Everyone welcome.

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 informal open evening to review the project. We’ll […]

Small Hive Beetle update

Please see attached update from BBKA


Small hive beetle UPDATE Oct 5, 2014

Swarm Alert

When checking your colonies be vigilant about looking for queen cells. You really don’t want to loose a swarm at this stage of the game.

I have pulled queen cells from three hives, two of which had very active queens (seen) the other was a merged hive with a queen […]

Beekeeping Year – October

Here’s what you should be doing this month:-

Check stability of the hives Reduce inspections Add mouse guards and protect from wood peckers etc. Heft hives and give last feed for winter

* Monitor mite drop <10/day OK

* >10/day (Apiguard not effective) consider Kramer plates or dusting with icing sugar

(Reproduced from “The Beekeeping […]