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Swarms and swarm collectors

Hi All,

Those that would like to be included in the swarm collectors list or require a swarm this year please send me a WhatsApp request to “Swarm Collectors”, or text me on 07 847 015 155 (you will need a smartphone).

Those requiring swarms should note that they are usually collected from the site […]

New Scientist article on Clever Little Bees

Please use the following link to view the New Scientist article on bee intelligence: Clever Little Bees

 

Honey on Burns’ Night

On 25th January twenty three beekeepers gathered together on a very cold evening at Kenn Village Hall. Stephen Brain was running a course on honey and how to calibrate and use a refractometer.

The first part of the talk was about what the properties of honey are and what substances it contains. Stephen then explained […]

AGM – 19 November 2016 – Churchill Memorial Hall – 2pm

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Members

You are invited to attend the branch Annual General Meeting which will be held at Churchill Memorial Hall, Churchill at 2pm on 19th November 2016. AGM papers can be obtained on this link: AGMPapers. The North Somerset Beekeepers’ accounts for the year ending 31 […]

Newsletter – Issue 75 October 2016

Sadly Jan Davis has decided to give up editing the branch newsletter after 16 years. That is some achievement and she has performed wonders with our little snippets of news in producing regular attractive and informative publications. For her swansong she has produced not one but two newsletters! The second is full of photos and […]

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STUDY FOR MODULE 1 HONEY BEE MANAGEMENT?

I’ve been approached by a couple of branch members who expressed an interest in taking one of the modules. I have suggested that Module 1 (Honey bee Management) is a good one to start with. Details can be found at:

http://www.bbka.org.uk/files/library/module_1_syllabus_1377545533.pdf

The self study groups make their own arrangements, follow the syllabus, study as a […]

ASIAN HORNET

Vespa velutina or the Asian hornet, also known as the yellow legged hornet, is native to Asia and was confirmed for the first time in Lot-et-Garonne in the South West of France in 2004. It was thought to have been imported in a consignment of pottery from China and it quickly established and spread to […]

BeeConnected – Spray Liaison

A new web-based crop spray alerting system, BeeConnected, linking farmers and beekeepers, has gone live across the UK.

A new web­based crop spray alerting system, BeeConnected, linking farmers and beekeepers, has gone live across the UK.

The BBKA’s Tim Lovett told Radio 4s Farming Today “ It’s ironic that the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides has […]

Winscombe Michaelmas Fair 10 September 2016 – Report by Adrian Wells

Another successful show at Winscombe, and as ever a good turn out by the village, despite the weather, although maybe not as many braved the grey as in previous years.

It is always good to see the smiling faces, some amazed at seeing the observation hive for the first time, or learning something astonishing about […]

PRACTICAL BEEKEEPING –Improvers course leading to Basic Certificate (2017)

We are running this basic course again in the new year. It is designed for those who have been keeping bees for a year or two and leads to a Basic Certificate. Details about what we cover can be found at: http://www.bbka.org.uk/learn/examinations__assessments/basic_assessment

The course will be run over 7 sessions on Mondays fitted in between […]