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How about studying a BBKA module?

Now that the bees are bedded down for the winter it might be a good time to think about studying for one of the modules offered by the BBKA. These modules are a great way to gain insight into all aspects of beekeeping and increase your knowledge and understanding of the ways of these fascinating insects.  There are 7 modules which can be taken in any order except module 8 which must be studied last.

Some members form a small group and meet regularly to study the syllabus but you can  study each module independently if you wish. Exams are available in March and November but are not obligatory.

Until recently, the BBKA had stipulated that you should have passed the Basic exam in beekeeping before you could enter for a module exam. That  restriction will be lifted  ‘ in late 2019 ‘

If you would like to join or form your own group and get started please contact me for more information.

Paddy Brading  Email: p_brading@hotmail.com

Stop Press!

Margaret Myers would like to put together a group to study: Module 1   Honey Bee Management

For more information please contact Margaret  Email: myers@pandmmyers.plus.com

Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2019

Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2019: Use this link for details of the course and an application form: Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2019 leaflet

Beekeeping Year – November

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

  • Go on holiday
  • Study for BBKA exams
  • Go to Branch AGM
  • Clean up apiary
  • Clean tools and equipment
  • Sell surplus honey
  • Leave bees alone

 

(Reproduced from “The Beekeeping Year” by Ivor Davis on the ABKA website)

Beekeeping Year – October

Things to do 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

Second Asian Hornet nest destroyed in Fowey, Cornwall

A second Asian Hornet nest has been found and destroyed in Fowey, close to the first nest.

Information about this discovery, along with surveillance activities in Hull and Liskeard can be found in the following DEFRA press release using the link that follows: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-second-fowey-nest-destroyed

OUT APIARY – CHURCHILL

An opportunity exists for an out apiary in Churchill.  Please use details below to make contact and discuss with owners:

Ros & Graham Mizen

Pye Cottage

Dinghurst Road

Churchill

Tel 01934 852257

Beekeeping Year – September

Things to do this month:

  • Feed colonies that need it
  • Reduce to planned number of colonies
  • Prepare for Honey shows
  • Expect more nectar flows
  • Reduce inspections to fortnightly
  • Expect reduction in colony size and brood area
  • Remove Apiguard trays

Beekeeping Year – August

Things to do this month:-

  • Remove the supers for extraction
  • Ensure the colony is left with space to hold ~35 lbs honey
  • Extract and store honey
  • Check water content and labelling requirements
  • Clean supers (on colony and then using Certan etc.)
  • Render wax cappings etc.
  • Clean or replace dirty super frames
  • Move old brood frames to the edge of hive ready for replacement
  • Insert tray of Apiguard as soon as supers are removed add second tray after 2 weeks
  • Estimate mites removed after 4 week treatment (many 100s)

Beekeeping Year – July

Things to do this month:-

  • Continue weekly inspections
  • Watch for swarms
  • Add supers (up to 1 a week)
  • Prepare extraction equipment and storage
  • Place nucs into full hives or combine with current colonies
  • Render wax scrapings, burr comb and brace comb
  • Monitor mite drop >10/day consider treatment
  • If colony is going to produce honey only dust with icing sugar

Apiary site at Dundry

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