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Monitored Asian Hornet Trap Sites in North Somerset

Monitoring again for 2019 – WE NEED MORE MONITORING SITES190711
8 current locations for 
daily monitored Asian Hornet Traps by North Somerset Beekeepers

Please forward an email with post code of the trap(s) to when you get your trap set up so your location can be added to the map.

It is vitally important that Beekeepers monitor for the presence of the Asian hornet in their area.

A link has been provided to assist with identification of an Asian Hornet: Identify the Asian Hornet Vespa_velutina_(Asian_Hornet)_4.0.

The following link provides details to make a simple and effective Asian Hornet trap: Asia Hornet Trap Mk2

Beekeeping Year – March 2016

For advice about what you should be doing with your bees in March, use this link: Advice for March 2016

Bees for Development Newsletter Feb 19



The Association runs a stall at this show each year to showcase bees and beekeeping. Members of the association are available to share their knowledge with the public. There is an observation hive, virtual hive, a beekeeping display, and candle and badge making for the children. We sell honey from members and this is a very popular part of the attraction.

In addition, we run a honey show on behalf of the NSAS which is judged by our very own David Capon. Here is a link to the rules and schedule of the honey show:

At the moment the dates on this site are still the 2018 dates but the schedule is not changing this year so you can still rely on it.

It would be great if as many of you as possible could enter something, even if it is just a honey cake or biscuits, as this is our showcase to the world. The person scoring the most points in the show will not only be presented with the Hans Wilson Perpetual Honey Cup but also a prize of £25 kindly donated again this year by Hans.

Our display is hugely popular and it is great fun to man the stalls and chat to the general public.


We are looking for helpers to man the stall during the day. You would only need to help out for a 2 hour slot and as a reward you receive a free ticket for the Agricultural show.

The slots which we have available run from 1pm to 3pm and 3pm to 5pm.

Some of you have already volunteered, for which I am grateful, but we still need more names. So if you have done it before, and know how much fun it is, or if you have never helped out before, we need you. Even if you have only just entered the world of beekeeping you still have a lot to offer. Come along and help. If you don’t think that you know a lot, you will soon find out how much more you know than the general public!

We also need some help on the previous day, Sunday, 6 May at 4.00pm to assist in setting up the exhibit and to help clear up after the show has finished on the Monday.

Selling honey

Finally if you have wish to sell honey at the show please let me know. The branch takes a commission on honey sold, which is smaller if you help out on the day, and sellers are required to provide a spare jar for the public to taste.

Any queries or offers to help, ring Sandra Slater: 07792 702513

Make an Asian Hornet Trap, 25 Feb, Churchill 7.30pm – 9pm

An Asian Hornet Trap Workshop will take place at Churchill War Memorial Hall on Monday 25 February 2019 between 7.30pm – 9pm.

As a Club, we cannot over emphasise the importance of using a daily monitoring trap (at your home/apiary) to trap Asian Hornets within our area. Unless we know that Asian Hornets are about, we cannot combat them. Fingers crossed, we might find nothing but…...

Details of the monitoring trap can be downloaded HERE.

Please come to the Workshop. We can supply all materials but would ask you bring what you can from the list at the top of monitoring trap document linked to above, particularly a 2 litre plastic bottle – look for pop or fizzy water bottles which have ridged sides with the bottom section marginally wider than the middle.

Any questions, call John Banks 07778 519983


Beekeeping Year – February

Things to do this month:-

  • Read and study
  • Watch the bees for pollen intake
  • Plants (Crocus, Salix, Viburnum, Blackthorn….)
  • Consider stimulating by feeding
  • Watch for dead hives (varroosis)
  • Tidy up the apiary whilst the bees are not flying much
  • Clean (& repaint) varroa monitoring boards

Honey Bee Behaviour – Module 6

The BBKA modules really are an excellent way to learn more about bees. All of them are informative and interesting but I think that module 6 will be exceptionally useful. Some people sit the exam after covering the course but it is not compulsory at all. We meet in small groups to study the syllabus perhaps once a month to begin with.

Ginny Gibbs and I are aiming to study this module starting in February this year. We would aim to sit the exam ( or not! ) in November. We were wondering if anyone else would be interested in joining us.

Paddy Brading

Please note that there are several other Modules that may suit you – see this post below

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)


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


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:

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: