News in Brief

Training Courses Registration still open

Go to the training page to register for the Beginners’ Course – still some spaces left but rapidly running out…

The Microscopy Certificate Course is now full but you can register your interest and we’ll keep you informed of further courses.

We’re looking at running some advanced courses especially aimed at those who have been keeping bees for three years or more. Please write to trainers@sheffieldbeekeepers.org.uk if interested.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

A well-attended January meeting to listen to a presentation by Rhodri Green on the “Pollinating the Peak” programme by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We all know a bit more about  these furry cousins to our honeybees.

 Why not join them and do a little more to help our insect pollinators? http://bumblebeeconservation.org

High Winds & Hurricanes

Bad weather hit our “upland apiary” last week and toppled over two of our hives. Many thanks to host Gill for righting them so quickly. Unfortunately the smaller colony didn’t make it.

Sheffield now directly affiliated to BBKA

Our application to be affiliated directly to the British Beekeepers’ Association was accepted at the Annual Delegates’ Meeting held at BBKA HQ at Stoneleigh Park Sat 14 January. This means that we now have direct representation at BBKA and more direct lines of communication. Now looking forward to forming even closer ties with Yorkshire beekeepers and forging new links with our other neighbours…..

Upcoming events

February Meeting Wed 8 February – Master Beekeeper Jim Pearson talks about either the Bailey comb change and Nosema,  or “myths, legends and lies”. Either way expect to be entertained.

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:

http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=208

http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=869

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. Winner gets a jar of honey? Closing date 17 February.

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Beginners’ Course 2017

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Membership renewal for 2016-2017

Membership application/renewal for 2016/17 is now open.

Please go here to renew or apply.

NB Membership payments will be taken automatically for existing members who have previously set up a direct debit using GoCardless, without further action.

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