just a reminder:
SWARM MANAGEMENT - A ONE DAY COURSE FOR BEEKEEPERS
Event to be held at the following time, date and location:
Saturday, 7 April 2018 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)
DE13 0HF Burton-on-Trent
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One Day Course on Swarm Management led by Tony Harris NDB.The course will cover:
- Understanding honeybee swarming behaviour.
- Prevention & control techniques
- Bait hives and collecting swarms
People who Should AttendAnyone who keeps bees and wants to know more about how they can prevent or control swarming in the coming season. This course is aimed at more experienced beekeepers who still have trouble with swarming bees. It is also suitable for new beekeepers who are keen to get to grips with this very challenging aspect of the art of Beekeeping.
Tony HarrisTony Harris NDB is the short course Director of the NDB, he is a bee farmer and an active member of Moray Beekeepers Association in Scotland where he manages 150 hives. He is an assessor for the Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA), a Honey Judge, a BBKA Correspondence Course tutor and a regular contributor to beekeeping publications in England and Scotland. Tony is a former general secretary of the SBA and in 2015 attained the National Diploma in Beekeeping qualification. He gives talks and lectures to community and beekeeping groups on all matters relating to bees, the environment and conservation.
RefreshmentsCold drinks, Tea and coffee, will be available on the day.
Share this event on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you can make it.Best,Burton and District Beekeeping AssociationTHIS EVENT IS FILLING FAST MAKE SURE OF YOUR PLACE SOON. IT WILL BE A GREAT INFORMATIVE DAY
December 5th 2017
Project to Develop a Training Apiary for Burton BKA
In September your Committee began looking at what we need to do to develop a Training Apiary for the Association. A small project team was formed and we spent a whole day visiting four training apiaries in Leek, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Solihull. We came away extremely impressed and much clearer in our views as to what we need, and aware of some of the pitfalls which are best avoided.
As a next step in the process I prepared a project plan. This has now been approved by the whole committee and we would now like to share it with the membership to keep everyone up to date with our intentions. Cilck here
Costs and funding
The project has been costed and a set of proposals will be put to the members at the forthcoming AGM. The association is not in a position to fund the whole project from existing resources, so a substantial amount will need to be raised from fundraising events, and grants. Much more will be communicated about fund raising in the coming months.
Sam Hampton (Treasurer)
Sept 28th 2016
Latest news from the national bee unit on Asian Hornet
Following the finding of Asian hornets in Gloucestershire last week we have received a large number of suspect Asian hornet reports from members of the public and beekeepers which we are following up. Bee inspectors have now visited over 100 sites. Asian hornets have been seen at just six locations within 500 meters of the original site.
Efforts to track down the nest and destroy it are ongoing. There have been no other substantiated reports of hornets anywhere else in the UK so please be patient while we continue our field work and be assured that when appropriate, national alerts will be sent out via our email alert system. In the meantime, our news feed on BeeBase will be used to keep everyone updated.
Please also see the updated ID sheet to help you Identify Vespa velutina in your apiaries: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=208. At this time of the year, the best bait to use in traps is fish bait diluted to 25%
Please continue to monitor your own apiaries using hornet traps and encourage those whom you know are not registered on our database to sign up.
Click here for Identification
Sept 10/11 2016
Our annual honey show is being held at Coopers Square shopping centre please pop along and see us there.
Also we know have a new Facebook group so pop along and take a look , you can post articles of interest or ask questions you are looking for answers to (Bee related that is) click here
July 13 2016
Asian Hornet spotted in channel Islands its getting closer keep your eyes peeled folks.
December 3rd 2015
National Bee Unit North East Region Annual Report
Details and Schedule for the 2015 Honey Show have just been posted, lets see if we can beat last years entry.
As part of the Advanced Husbandry certificate, candidates are required to give a lecture lasting about 15mins and they will need an audience to deliver their lectures to . If you wish to be part of this audience, you can and you can also put questions to each candidate. Generally these lectures are interesting especially for beginner beekeepers and possible future candidates who may be interested in taking the Advanced Husbandry Certificate. See Val Francis's list of dates and times. Click Here
March 9th 2015
BEE DISEASE DAY
“This is an event not to be missed”
A lot of beekeepers, both new and old hands, tend to look at disease as something that always happens to somebody else and take the attitude that “I don’t need to know about it or I will look at it another time”. This is to some extent understandable as disease is not the nice side of beekeeping and there is a good chance you will never come across it, however, burying your head in the sand and ignoring disease is not a recommended course of action.
Ivor Flatman (Regional Bee Inspector for the North East) and his team are coming to talk to us on Sunday 31st May. All aspects of disease will be covered from cause to effect and treatment across the board. We will divide into two or three groups and move through each element as the day progresses; you will also have the chance to handle diseased frames and do the tests yourselves.
There are a maximum of 70 places available and it will be open to other associations in the region, so don’t miss out, book early.
I will send out further information closer to the date. If you wish to book a place now please let me know on email@example.com or let me know at the next monthly meeting on Monday 16th February.
Bee Disease day Flyer, Bee Disease day Program
October 6th 2014
Latest News on Small Hive Beetle Click here for more information. Excellent pictures to help recognise SHB can be found here
September 16th 2014
Small Hive beetle discovered in southern Italy click here for more information
July 12th 2014
A new series on honeybees begins on BBC2 at 8pm next Tuesday 15th July should be very interesting.
Chris Packham and Martha Kearney explore the secret life of honeybees with the help of expert Professor Adam Hart. Based in an organic garden in Somerset, the team reveal the remarkable world of the honeybee using cutting edge technology, exciting new experiments and an army of bee experts. The bees’ hives are bugged with a whole array of high-tech gadgets – miniature cameras, microphones, thermometers, thermal sensors and scales. These allow us to hear, see, weigh, measure and monitor absolutely everything that’s going on in our bees’ lives. Yet, there is still so much to learn about these incredible insects.
If you’d like to know more please take a look at our press information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/hive-alive
If you’d like to tweet about the series please use #hivealive.
June 30th 2014
A parasitic mite has helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a virus to countless honeybees, helping to wipe out hundreds of colonies, according to the latest study. http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1713
June 4th 2014
Added a video to the gallery, A Honey Bee Story. the capture and re-settlement of a swarm of bees, with footage of another swarm which was captured and now thriving.Filmed by Barry Turner Photography. with the help of our own Brian Burton.
April 30th 2014
The Chesterfield Beekeepers Association are hosting a Bee Health Training Day on May 18th, talks and practical demonstrations will be provided by by staff from the National Bee Unit,they will be aimed at helping beekeepers maintain healthy and productive colonies of bees.There is a limited number of spaces left so it will be first come first served, so don't hang about . Contact the Chesterfield Secretary Robin Bagnall via Email .
Here is a link to their flyer for more information.
April 11th 2014
As many of you know, the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects. It has recently extended its geographical range from Asia to mainland Europe following an accidental introduction to France, and is now also present in Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Italy. Adult hornets are highly mobile; the rate of spread across France is approximately 100 km/year. There is concern that this exotic insect could reach the UK, either by hitching a ride on imported goods or simply by flying across the Channel.
The message to Beekeepers from the NBU is as follows:
• Now is the ideal time of year to look out for emerging queens, who can build new nests;
• Make sure you know how to recognise Asian hornets – a very helpful ID sheet can be downloaded from the NNSS website at http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4
• Know where to report sightings: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Our best defence against the Asian hornet is to quickly detect any arrivals and prevent them from establishing;
• Trapping is expected to aid this;
• Please visit the Asian hornet pages on BeeBase click here to read updated guidance for beekeepers, including information on early monitoring and trap design. You can also access the full Response Plan through these pages.
April 2nd 2014
As reported at the AGM, we will be starting study groups for the basic and modular examinations. I would like to know how many of you would be interested. The BBKA would like all their members to take the basic examination which is purely practical, not written work. The modular examinations are written but you do not have to sit the examinations if you don’t want to. You can do the course as a means of increasing your knowledge of beekeeping. Please let me know if you would like to join either of these groups.
Our first monthly meeting is on Monday 14th April. Topic is ‘What to look for in spring.’ Our second meeting will be on Monday 12th May. Topic will be ‘Swarms & swarm collection.’ Speaker is David Teasdale who is trustee and organiser of the BBKA swarm collection service. Our third meeting is on Monday 16th June. Topic is ‘Plants for Bees.’ Speaker is Kevin Jenkinson from Chapmans Nurseries, Rosliston. Keep an eye on our program page for further events
The meetings will be held at the Henhurst and District Recreational Club, Henhurst Hill, Burton on Trent, DE13 9TB. As you come up the hill from Burton the turning is directly opposite the turning for Aviation Lane. I will put a sign up at the entrance.
Compak, a honey jar manufacturer, have told us they will hold their show price until 25th April if anybody would like to order. Contact Compak honey jars