It’s late arriving I know (see front page for reason) but hopefully still in time to remind you about Bob’s Bee Day, not to mention the other forthcoming events listed on the cover and inside. You’ll also find LAN reports plus a great article on plants for honey bees by Roger Gill.
The Committee has booked a tour of Highgrove Garden for 12.55 pm on Tuesday May 30th 2017
Full Details and Book Here….
A report on the BBKA’s Annual Delegates’ Meeting, articles on the Imirie Shim (sounds like something out of Harry Potter!) and early forage plants for bees – plus LAN reports, Bob’s Beelines and a few other odds and ends – not to mention more appeals for new Committee members and officers….
Many Beekeepers offer a voluntary collection service for swarms of bees. For details of these Beekeepers please click here…
Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings. See below for more information about bumble bees.
Swarming is a natural process by which bees colonies reproduce. Normally when bees swarm they do not sting, so if undisturbed they are not an immediate threat. Don’t panic! Usually they will find themselves a suitable home and disappear after a few hours.
However, their idea of a ‘suitable home’ might not be yours. They have been known to occupy chimneys, wall cavities, bird boxes and house roofs. It is better to ask a beekeeper to collect them. This ensures that they will be given a good home and not destroyed. This service is normally provided free, but a contribution towards travelling expenses, or perhaps a donation to charity might be requested.
Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.
If you are worried about bees in the roof or in a bird-box please watch this video before phoning. These are tree bumble bee drones. THEY DO NOT STING. The nest will die out at the end of the summer when you can block up the hole or move the bird box. We cannot help with these bees but you can find out more at http://bumblebeeconservation.org/
Other sources of information:
Concerned about Bumblebees? Visit www.bwars.com to find out more.
The odd LAN report (new season gradually getting started!), articles on making your own hive and early forage plants plus appeals for new committee members, Secretary and Treasurer (why not give some time to helping to run your Association?)…
A report on last November’s “President’s Choice Evening”, a memoir of Ivor Lewis who sadly passed away recently, an article on early-flowering plants by the indefatigable Celia Davis, some front line experience of the Asian Hornet in France and some photography tips – plus Bob’s regular Beelines and a few advertisements.
Not a bad start to the year, I hope you’ll agree!
Last one of the year, everybody – sorry it’s a bit late. I’m afraid this one’s not very Christmassy once you get beyond the cover page – I’ll try to do better next year! – but at least you’ve got some December reading material to digest. There’s a report on East LAN’s recent “Brains Trust” evening, an article on Polynucs, an obituary for Ted Goodhead and a run-down on the latest developments at the HBKA Apiary.
Nothing next month but I’ll be putting something together for February 2017.
Have a very Happy Christmas
A message from the National Bee Unit:
In some regions of the UK beekeepers have reported excessive use of food stores due to the un-seasonally warm weather. It would be advisable that you check your colonies have adequate stores and add supplements if required. With the weather being quite variable, fondant is the best option not liquid feed.
For those of you thinking about treating your colonies with Oxalic acid, we remind you to only use only approved products Api-bioxal or Oxuvar and to administer the treatment by label instruction only.
Further information about colony feeding and keeping good and accurate medicine records can be found on our website at www.nationalbeeunit.com .
Welcome to 2017!
Just a quick reminder that Memberships are now due for renewal. Go to Join Us to select and pay for your membership. Remember to select the Renew Membership options if you are renewing your Full or Associate Membership.
We have a new payment system this year that will accept payment by:
- Debit & Credit Cards processed through PayPal (no PayPal account needed)
- Bank Transfer – BACS
- Payment by Cheque
The website will create an account for you as your purchase and send out a password to you – keep this handy as this will speed up future transactions. You can manage your account on the My Account page, here you can edit your details and see details of purchases etc.
The new system should work seamlessly, however if you encounter any glitches please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check it out.
A rather less bulky Buzzword this month, everyone, in line with the general seasonal decline in activity of bees – and beekeepers too! Still the odd report or two though plus another article by Celia Davis that’s definitely worth reading.