This is a reminder and also to give more detail of our meeting at 7.30pm.Tuesday 17 February 2015 St. Edith’s Hall, Kemsing, TN15 6NA Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health & Well Beingby Professor Francis Ratnieks, Professor of Apiculture at the University of Sussex.
The Sussex Plan consists of research projects at the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, University of Sussex, on breeding hygienic honey bees, decoding waggle dances, helping the honey bee and insect pollinators in urban & farm land and integrated control Varroa mites. We would also like to extend an invitation to other KBKA & Beekeepers from adjacent associations to attend this interesting and informative talk. If you use the Hall postcode TN15 6NA in 'Google Maps'you can download a suitably scaled map of the Hall's location.
The 2015 indoor meetings start again on January 20th at St. Edith's Hall, High St. Kemsing TN15 6NA. For details of the hall, click here to link to their web page. All Indoor Meetings plus the Summer Apiary Meetings are detailed in the 2015 programme.
Creamed Honey If you have Oil Seed Rape nearby you will need to take off your honey crop as soon as it stops flowering and to make your honey more saleable you might like to try creaming your honey. Click on this pdf document for details:
Autumn & Winter Feeding A colony will need 16/18 kg of stores to keep them going through the winter. If you take the honey off late August a strong colony should collect this over the next couple of months. If they do not then read the pdf document below on autumn & winter feeds.
Thymol Treatment Recipe If you have several hives, using Apiguard can be quite expensive. Have a look at this Thymol Treatment Recipe which if you buy a 500g Tub from Thornes can cost about 1/5 of the cost to treat the same number of colonies.