Social evening with Buffet 10 April 7pm

The last event of the winter program is a buffet at Swarland Social Club at 7pm Wednesday 10 April
This is a good opportunity to meet new and older beekeepers and perhaps get some ideas as to how to manage your bees this year
The cost is £7.50 for the buffet consisting of various pies quiches pastries and tartlets together with sandwiches, dips and some platters of Nelsons sweet treats. The buffet is provided by Nelsons at the Park based in Swarland
Money will be collected at the door.
We need an idea of numbers so please let me know if want to come.
There is also a gluten free option but we need to know  in advance.
 So please email John Wilsdon if you wish to attend

Northern Bee Convention 23 March

Northern Beekeepers’ Conventions have been running for over 60 years, they are the main annual gathering for beekeepers across the North. The purpose of the event is to share knowledge, news and comaradery amongst the beekeeping community.  Our events are sociable and friendly and you can be assured of a warm welcome, whether a brand new beekeeper or seasoned apiary.

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Asian Hornet information and call for volunteers

You will know that the Asian Hornet has spread across Europe following introduction into France in 2004. Progression by the new Hornet queens (Foundresses) is thought to be up to 80km a year based on experience in France. The Hornet extended through France to Spain and Belgium in 6 years and Portugal in 7 years. We now have had sightings in the south of England in 2016 with nine sightings in 2018, the nearest in Hull
Predictive maps suggest that in 10 years it would be well established across South of England and Wales and 20 years in the North. The milder weather of late will encourage the Asian Hornet to spread faster.
Brian Ripley is our Asian Hornet Area Coordinator and has prepared a description of it and action to be taken and the experience of a French beekeeper. See this document.
The ADBKA Committee discussed the threat and proposes that beekeepers should hang out traps, maintain the lure to attract the Hornets, and take part in regular monitoring.
For the latter it would mean that the hives should be nearby or that you make regular visits to your apiary.
Ideally, we need to detect the Hornet as soon as possible, hence regular monitoring. Similarly, the nests need to be destroyed by trained experts as soon as possible, but particularly in late summer before the new queens escape.
The Association is considering buying traps to start the surveillance program.
If you are interested in being part of the monitoring program please let me know.
John Wilsdon

Apiary Clean Up Day 9.30am Sat 30th March

Glyn has provided a work sheet, see below, to prepare the apiary for this year.

You will see there is quite a lot to do so it would really be appreciated if you could come and help.

If you could also bring your own tools, eg spade secateurs branch loppers  rake gardening gloves bee suit  clean hive tool small hammer for making frames, and even cake, then we could get a good start. It will also be a chance to meet new and old members

 Apiary Preparation Day 9:30am Saturday 30th March


Main Wooden Shed

  1. Remove most of contents and sweep out
  2. Scrape clean supers, crown boards, queen excluders, brood boxes etc.  (Clean hive tools required)
  3. Lightly blow-torch all cleaned hive parts to disinfect, do not heat plastic runners on hives.
  4. If possible, repair any damaged hive parts or set aside to be done later.
  5. Anything that can be taken away for cleaning – varroa boards, feeders (Volunteers required)
  6. Place all old fondant (from hives) in the plastic bags provided.  (Do not burn)
  7. Restack shed

 Under Shelter at the bench

  1. Insert foundation into assembled frames.  (Small hammers required)
  2. Assemble more frames if required
  3. Repair damaged hive parts where necessary.

Plastic Shed – store of drawn comb/old honey frames

  1. Empty shed completely remove debris & sweep out. Clean super bases and lids
  2. Assess state of super/brood frames. Keep or burn as necessary.
  3. Restack shed making sure any honey supers are sealed with base and lid.

Other work around sheds

  1. Remove Nuc boxes from ‘toilet cubicle’ clean, reassemble nuc boxes and restack (+fix floors to sides)
  2. Remove any general litter from whole site.  buckets/lids etc
  3. Move abandoned old mower to rear of shelter area
  4. Restore garden areas around shed plinth.
  5. Clean gutters of shed and shop

Apiary grounds (Bee suits may be needed to be worn)

  1. Remove any remaining soil heaps – barrow the material to bank up hedgerow lines. (Spades required)
  2. Clean out/scrape/blowtorch any dead hives. Burn bees & damaged/affected frames
  3. Remove any stones/brick rubble from proposed mowing areas of grounds (Spades required)
  4. Scrape any vegetation that remains over concrete paths down the site (Spades required)
  5. Repair/ hammer in any loose shelter posts around hives, re-attach any loose windbreak material.

Container store room (front section only, second-hand equipment for sale)

  1. Remove hive parts and clean
  2. Assess for selling as complete hives and or separate items and price up (can be sold if agreed)
  3. Restack in Container

Finally Relax Tea/Coffee Cakes!

Glyn Scot