Training Courses Registration still open
Go to the training page to register for the Beginners’ Course – still some spaces left but rapidly running out…
Improvers’ Course open
£60 for all three weekend days, open to all beekeepers. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Spring is in the air
Check out this video from member Sally Soady. She assures us this is not a swarm! (Video taken in the Lakes, 15 Feb)
Master Beekeeper Jim Pearson did not disappoint his audience at the February meeting. Armed only with a few notes on filing cards he kept us rapt with his critical look at the myths and legends surrounding practical beekeeping. “He was reet good” as more than one person put it. We’ll be having him back at some point.
March Meeting Wed 8 March – “John Chandler, Pollen grains in honey”, doors open 7pm, meeting starts 7.30pm.
John is one of the foremost honeybee microscopists in the country and an authority on pollen in honey. He has been teaching the Harrogate & Ripon BKA microscopy certificate course for many years and has not only helped us to get the Sheffield microscopy course off the ground but is also a guest tutor on our course.
Asian Hornet warning
We hope that most people will know by now that an Asian Hornet was found during the summer of 2016 in the Stroud area. A nest was also found and destroyed. But no-one knows if there are any hibernating queens which will emerge in the Spring and cause devastation. We advise all our members to make a trap for every apiary and set it up in the early Spring to catch queens before they have offspring.
Details on Bee Base:
See also this design by Ryedale BKA: Ryedale Trap
Competition: Can you design a better trap that doesn’t entail first drinking a litre of fizzy pop? Let us know. Best designs to be published. Closing date 15 March.