8 April –   “ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

The winter program finishes on 8th April with this final talk at 7pm at Swarland.

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin and a fine job he has done.

So if you could take note of the date and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

11 March.  Buffet and Social Evening

The winter program starts on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm at Swarland and continues on the second Wednesday of each month, the last being in April

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin.

So if you could take note of the dates and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

And still to come…

      8 April   ” ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

12 February. ” Updates, Development and Plans for our Association Apiary “. Peter Rose & Alan Culpitt

The winter program starts on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm at Swarland and continues on the second Wednesday of each month, the last being in April

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin.

So if you could take note of the dates and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

And still to come…

    11 March.  Buffet and Social Evening

     8 April   ” ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

8 January – ” Bee safari to exotic places abroad with Bees for Development “. Ben Hopkinson

The winter program starts on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm at Swarland and continues on the second Wednesday of each month, the last being in April

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin.

So if you could take note of the dates and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

And still to come…

   12 February. ” Updates, Development and Plans for our Association Apiary “. Peter Rose & Alan Culpitt

   11 March.  Buffet and Social Evening

     8 April   ” ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

11 December – AGM

The winter program starts on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm at Swarland and continues on the second Wednesday of each month, the last being in April

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin.

So if you could take note of the dates and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

And still to come…

     8 January. ” Bee safari to exotic places abroad with Bees for Development “. Ben Hopkinson

   12 February. ” Updates, Development and Plans for our Association Apiary “. Peter Rose & Alan Culpitt

   11 March.  Buffet and Social Evening

     8 April   ” ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

13 November – ” Honey bee forage in Northumberland – what’s in your honey?”. Ian Jobson

The winter program starts on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm at Swarland and continues on the second Wednesday of each month, the last being in April

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin.

So if you could take note of the dates and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

And still to come…

  11 December.  AGM

    8 January. ” Bee safari to exotic places abroad with Bees for Development “. Ben Hopkinson

   12 February. ” Updates, Development and Plans for our Association Apiary “. Peter Rose & Alan Culpitt

   11 March.  Buffet and Social Evening

     8 April   ” ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

Winter Program

The winter program starts on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm at Swarland and continues on the second Wednesday of each month, the last being in April

This has been devised by Christopher Benjamin and the first is to be  given by David Pearce and the subject will be Winter Preparation

So if you could take note of the dates and we hope to see you there. Good opportunity to reflect on the past year.

 11 September “Winter Preparation”     David Pearce

   9 October. ” Meet our seasonal bee inspector “.  Brian Murphy. (TBC)

  13 November. ” Honey bee forage in Northumberland – what’s in your honey?”. Ian Jobson

  11 December.  AGM

    8 January. ” Bee safari to exotic places abroad with Bees for Development “. Ben Hopkinson

   12 February. ” Updates, Development and Plans for our Association Apiary “. Peter Rose & Alan Culpitt

   11 March.  Buffet and Social Evening

     8 April   ” ReViVe project – DWV and Varroa”  Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford)

ADBKA Report from Apiary Spring inspection April 2019

Peter Rose, Apiary Manager, has sent this for circulation

‘The first complete inspection of 2019 has been completed over the last 48 hours for the ADBKA hives and findings may be of interest to both new and old members as a snapshot of what is happening locally, but mindful that locations/beekeeper interventions will be different.
Main point of note is that very few eggs or larvae were noted in any hive. However, sealed brood was present, all suggesting that queen laying has been dramatically reduced over the last two weeks in the recent poor weather–up to this weekend. It is clear that bees have been consuming stores at an alarming rate during this time to keep themselves alive, feed brood and maintain brood nest temperature. The weight probe in the electronic Arnia hive shows a weight loss of 9lbs (4kg) between 3-18th April. This break in brood laying may have a delaying effect on swarming as two weeks in the future all sealed brood will have hatched and no more new bees will be emerging for a further 7-10 days, so if hives look a little empty of brood later this will be the reason—-don’t panic.
Little fondant remained from February feeding, and what was left was removed and a queen excluder and a super of drawn frames placed on each hive.  
One hive was full of emerged drones with only more sealed drone cells present. No queen could be found (originally marked), so a frame with a few eggs/larvae was given hoping queen cells will be raised and that the queen has been killed/died. Time will tell’