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’ve looking for some time at running a general husbandry/improvers course especially aimed at those who have been keeping bees for three years or more.  We now have sufficient interest to make the course viable and we only have to put a few final touches to the 3-day programme. £60 for all three weekend days, open to all beekeepers. Please write to trainers@sheffieldbeekeepers.org.uk if interested.

Jim Pearson

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.

Upcoming events

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:

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

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

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.

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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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