Herefordshire Beekeepers Association

HBKA

HBKA Newsletter for May 2017

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.

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HBKA Newsletter for April 2017

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….

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I have a Swarm of Bees!

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.

About Swarms:

picture of a swarm of Honey Bees

A ‘typical’ swam of Honey 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.

BBKA Swarm Help Page

 

HBKA Newsletter for March 2017

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?)…

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HBKA Newsletter for February 2017

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!

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