News in Brief

Training Courses Registration still open

Too late to join the Tuesday evenings Beginners’ Course but the 3-day weekend one can still take on one to two students. Running on Sat 27 May, Sat 10 June & Sat 17 June. 9.30am – 4pm. £70 for all three days. Please write to if interested and register on this form

Rotherham Beekeepers’ Association is also running a 2-day course 17 & 18 June that might suit people more: more details here: RBKA beginners’ Course

Improvers’ Course open 

£60 for all three weekend days, open to all beekeepers. 22 & 23 April, 20 May. Please write to if interested.

Dr Sophie Evison

A hugely interesting talk from immunologist Sophie Evison who has been looking into the effect of sub-lethal doses of disease on the development of honeybee brood. They might catch up in terms of size but do they perform as well in adulthood?

Upcoming events

Next Meeting Wed 10 May – no formal speaker (no more until the Autumn) but plenty of opportunity to compare notes with other beekeepers, ask questions (or provide answers) and catch up on bee breeding plans.

Asian Hornet warning

The possibility that we will have a serious battle with Asian Hornet is increasing almost by the day. Another live Asian Hornet was recently found in a distribution warehouse in Scotland. It is believed it hitched a lift on a lorry from the continent.

The advice on making a trap has been revised. See the links below for more information. Please help the effort to identify Vespa velutina nigrithorax as early as possible by placing a trap in every apiary and set it up in the early Spring to catch queens before they have offspring.

Details on Bee Base:


Hornets are attracted to yellow so one piece of advice is to use a yellow Correx rainguard rather than the black one shown

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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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