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Beekeeping Year – January

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

  • Clean and prepare spare equipment (Supers, Nuc boxes, Replacement brood frames, Spare brood boxes, Queen excluders)
  • Plan your activities for the year (Increase, maximise honey crop, queen replacement, queen rearing, new techniques)
  • Attend all branch meetings
  • Read some beekeeping books
  • Consider taking some assessments (Basic, Husbandry, Modules esp. Mod 3)
  • Heft your hives
  • Watch for staining at entrance
  • Expect some dead bees by hive
  • Emergency feeding (candy, syrup, frame feeders)
  • Must have Open Mesh Floors; screens can be removed
  • No work on varroa control

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

Beekeeping Year – December

Things to do this month:-

  • Relax
  • Enjoy beekeeping from outside the hive
  • Drink some mead if you have it.
    • Treat colonies with Oxalic acid, once and when minimal brood present

    • Monitor total mite fall (~2-300)

APIARY SITE AVAILABLE between CONGRESBURY and WRINGTON

Ivor Davis has an apiary site that he no longer uses. It belongs to Stuart Peachy who lives in Backwell but the site is off the Congresbury /Wrington road at the end of an ancient orchard. Stuart is a guy that likes to manage land as it was in medieval times so the site is good for keeping bees.

Ivor used to keep 6 hives there but has had to cut back and has not used the site for a couple of years. There is a fence to protect the site from animals and a shed there. Access is across the side of a field and most times is easily accessed in a car. When the weather is very wet you need a 4 x 4 but access is possible on foot through the field from the access track.

Rent is 12 jars of honey to Stuart each year. The map reference is 51.367627, -2.778921. Place these co-ordinates directly into Google Maps or Streetmaps (if you prefer looking at a 1/25,000
Ordnance Survey plan).

If you are interested, please email Ivor Davis on ivor.davis@btinternet.com

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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

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

Apiary site at Dundry

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Beekeeping Year – March

Things to do this month:-

  • Ensure beekeeping clothing is clean and ready for use
  • Go to Branch apiary practice meetings
  • Take Modules
  • Go to Avon AGM
  • Plan shopping list for the year and consider visiting BBKA Spring Convention near Telford
  • First quick inspection
    • Prepare to wash/replace gloves if diseased/ dead hive found
    • Have a bucket of dilute washing soda handy to clean tools and gloves etc. between colonies
    • Look for 3+ frames of brood & 5+ frames of bees
    • Ensure eggs and or open brood
    • Talk to Mentor if not happy
    • Ensure enough food for 2+ Weeks (~10 lbs)
    • Remove mouse guards
    • Records
  • Count mite fall each 2 weeks ( less than 4/day and you are OK)

Reg Stevens – 70 years a beekeeper

Our oldest member, Reg Stevens, has sadly passed away.  He recently celebrated 70 years as a beekeeper.

In 2016, Reg was awarded the Legion d’honneur for his role in the D Day landings.  The Légion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte. It is France’s highest distinction and is awarded in recognition of both military and civilian merit. On average, just 10 British nationals per year receive the Légion d’honneur

Reg’s funeral will take place on Friday 26th January at 12:00 at South Bristol Cemetery and Crematorium, followed by refreshments at Nailsea Masonic Hall, Nailsea Park, Nailsea, BS48 1BA from 13:00.

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