These 2013 indoor meetings start again in the Autumn on Tuesday 17th September 2013 at Weald Memorial Hall TN14 6PS. Use Google maps for directions and for their web page click on: 'Weald Hall'.
2nd Hand Equipment for Sale.
A member donated to the branch 7 Supers and 5 Brood Boxes to the club for sale to help the branch funds.The Brood Boxes, in their present condition, would make ideal bait hives or spares for decanting frames during inspections
Offers are negotiable, but as a guide we are suggesting that you make an offer of around £8 for the brood boxes and £5 for the supers.If you are interested contact Sarah Rapley on: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the details for viewing.
Vita Web Page
Two recent entries on this web page are the blog on an observation hive set up in an office + a video on how Japanese Honeybees deal with the Asian Hornet.
Treat colonies with Oxalic acid, once and when minimal brood present
Monitor total mite fall (~2-300)
'Theory course for Beginners'.
John Hendrie ran an eight-week theory course from17th January - 14th March 2013 at Tonbridge School, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. If you missed this course but would be interested if there was another, contact John Hendrie for more information. To see the full details of the 8 sessions click on: 'Beginners Course'.
New Library Books
We have recently added the following 7 books to our library:
Queen Bee, Biology, Rearing & Breeding by David Woodward.
Beekeeping - A Seasonal Guide by Ron Brown.
Beekeeping - A Novice's Guide by David Wooton.
Haynes - Bee Manual by Claire & Adrian Waring.
The Barefoot Beekeeper by P.J.Chandler.
Practical Beekeeping by Clive de Bruyn.
The Honey Bee Around & About by Celia Davis.
The Library is looked after by Sarah Rapley. Click on the underlined linkfor more details and what to do if you wish to borrow one.
Click on this pdf document for these survey results
Beehive in Beautiful Garden in Fordcombe?
I work as a gardener in a large and beautiful garden in Fordcombe. Part of the garden is a wildflower meadow which is thronging with pollinating insects. We realise that it is the end of the season now, but wonder if, next year, anyone would like to keep some beehives in the garden in exchange for some of the honey produced? Ultimately I would like to learn how to look after a hive myself, but until I do, it seems a shame to waste such a nectar rich resource
Please contact: Fiona Abrahams at email@example.com.
Download to see details of Kent Science Resource Centre, Sittingbourne
Planned Courses for 2013:
Our aim this year will be to provide 2nd level and more advanced courses for beekeepers who have had bees for a few years. The programme includes courses aimed at supporting those putting themselves up for the important BBKA Basic Assessment and BBKA General Husbandry practicals. Additionally, rather than the rather random collection of courses on aspects of microscopy in beekeeping this year, in 2013 the plan is to offer a staged series of possibly 5 different courses from an introduction through to anatomy and dissection and pollen analysis.Some of the popular courses are to be repeated and some frequently requested courses are to be added in 2013.
All in all, we hope that there will be something for all of your second-level beekeepers as they strive to improve their knowledge and skills.
These courses will be found on the website: http://ksrcbees.org.uk/ Click on Improvers.
Tales from the Beehive.
Daniel Marsh has been keeping bees since 2009 and started a Beekeeping Blog in June 2010. Download his 'Tales from the Beehive' to see how his beekeeping has progressed over the last 3 years, by clicking on: 'Daniel'
The above Beekeeping Course is suitable for Beginners, Improvers, and Non - Beekeepers. It will be held at The Village Hall, Lower Street, Pulborough, West Sussex. RH20 2BF. on Sat 8th March 2014. If you are interested in booking a place contact:Gordon Allan, Stone House, High Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AU. 01798 343470, firstname.lastname@example.org , but preferably using the form on the website: www.wgbka.org.uk
If the bees are furry like this picture beekeepers do not collect these. If you are allergic to bee stings or have young children we are able to re-locate them for £20 to cover petrol expenses, and up to £40 depending on the difficulty removing them. To help you decide clickon the link below.
Or for more detailed information click on: Bumblebees
Swarm Request List 2014: Members only.
If you are a new beekeeper and will be looking for bees to get started or have lost bees over the winter, we will be preparing a list of all the people who would take a swarm collected in 2014. As we are providing a swarm of unknown origin, we cannot guarantee the temperament of the bees collected. If you do find they are aggressive at every inspection, click on this link:aggressive beesto see how to deal with them. Also as the swarm is of unknown origin there could be disease present, so they should be treated for varroa and quarantined until they are confirmed disease free.
If you wish to go on this list for 2014, please send your details by email to me: John Farrow [swarm co-ordinator] at: email@example.com with the following information:
There are six of us who collect swarms in the Sevenoaks and T.Wells area; so I will circulate this list to them and the collector who is nearest you will contact you when they have a swarm available.
The cost of the swarm is subject to agreement with the person offering the swarm and the cost will depend on the difficulty of collection, distance & time involved especially if a 2nd visit to collect the flying bees is involved.
Swarms need to be housed as soon as possible, so if you are unavailable when we call we will move onto the next one on our list.