I hope you all had as good a Christmas as possible - given the current circumstances, and that 2021 proves a much better year for you - and a good one for your bees too. To get us off to a good start, Dave Coates and Sam Hampton have arranged three talks for us on Zoom, which look fascinating - see below for details. If you want to take part you'll need to install zoom on your PC / mobile / ipad. The link to each will be distributed to Members, but I'll include it here once available. All talks will begin at 8pm .
Mon 11th Jan Bob Smith NDB Fun with Pollen Traps
Bob will explain the nutritional importance of pollen, how it is collected, finding out what your bees have been foraging on. Before retiring Bob worked as an analytical Chemist and is now Chair of the Central Association of Beekeepers. Bob is an excellent and knowledgeable speaker who, because he lives in Kent, is only able to speak to us now because of the "Wonders of Zoom". we haven't had any talks on this subject, which is quite critical to bees, in recent times.
You don't need to register, just make sure you have Zoom loaded on your PC/Laptop/iPad beforehand - you don't need to have a zoom account - just have it loaded - its free! and click on the link which follows: Join Our First Zoom Meeting
Even if you're not enthusiastic about the subject - I'm sure it'll be an awful lot better than what's on the Telly
Mon 8th Feb Norman Carreck NDB Planting for Bee Forage
Norman was going to talk to us last year but got stuck in traffic and never made it to the meeting. Norman has worked at Rothamstead Research and more recently LASI Sussex University,
Mon 8th March Graham Royle NDB The Mating Process - what happens and why
Graham Royle has been to Burton before. He was for a long while the seasonal bee inspector for Cheshire. He started beekeeping in 1968 and currently manages 20 colonies in three apiaries.
In March we also hope to hold our Annual General Meeting - details will be published once they've been finalised.
December's newsletter is now available below - and you've missed earlier months you can find them archived to the right
RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL BEE UNIT – 27 November 2020
Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food. Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page:
It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allowed an increase in mite reproduction. Please monitor mite levels and treat accordingly. For further information, please see the Advisory leaflet’ Managing Varroa’ on the following BeeBase Page:
Beekeeping’s never dull, is it!
Afterthought - the corrected version of October's newsletter is now available - see October 2020