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January Zoom Meeting: 7.30pm Wednesday 13 January. Our guest speaker is Master Beekeeper Keith Bartlem, a Seasonal Bee Inspector with the National Bee Unit in Yorkshire who will give a presentation on the THERMOREGULATION OF THE HONEY BEE

Keith studied Ecology at Stirling University before embarking on an aviation career firstly in the RAF. Honeybees are a long-standing hobby and he eventually gained master beekeeper in 2010. He is also a basic and advanced husbandry examiner for the BBKA.

COVID: What we can and can’t do in these trying times is of course largely out of our hands. We are committed to protecting our members’ and the public’s health by observing basic health and hygiene standards and we do need to comply with Government directives. As beekeepers we are allowed to tend to our livestock and this includes bees in our teaching apiaries. Members can therefore attend to beekeeping duties and this allows for a degree of training as part of those sessions – we are always grateful for help from experienced and inexperienced beekeepers at the apiaries.

Meetings: We have continued with our regular monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month in a virtual meeting room and this has proved popular with many of our members. Links for these meetings are publicised in our monthly e-News and all are welcome to sign up for the free e-News – See link above, on this page.

Beginners’ Course: We will hold our beginners’ course via Zoom starting 9 March 2021. if circumstances allow later in the year, we will revert to real classroom sessions – probably at the Sawmill Apiary (JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods on Abbey Lane)