Healthy Bee Day
Date(s) - 30/05/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
With the help of local Bee Inspectors from the National Bee Unit, which is now part of the newly created Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), we will be running a one day workshop aimed at improving our knowledge of the disease challenge that our bees are facing and what we can do, as amateur beekeepers, to improve the health of our colonies. The event is supported by the BDI Healthy Bees campaign which is using the surplus in the BDI fund to improve the disease awareness of all beekeepers.
The plan for the day will be a series of workshops that will inform and train anyone keeping bees. For new beekeepers it will encourage a positive attitude to colony inspection to identify potential problems and for the more seasoned beekeeper it will remind them of the value of establishing routines to identify or control problems before they overwhelm a colony.
Through the day the programme will cover:-
Minimising Colony losses
Inspection of diseased comb (if available from the Inspectorate)
Basic disease identification using a microscope
Update on risks from Asian Hornet and Small Hive Beetle
There will be time to meet and discuss current problems with the local inspectors and other beekeepers. The outcome for the day will be that we all go home with more information to help us in our approach to colony management for healthy bees.
This event is running as a joint event with other local associations and are expecting a good turnout. Places will be limited so it is necessary to prebook early.
There will be a charge of £8 per head for the day (£4 under 18) which includes refreshments, but bring your own lunch.
We will give preference to HBKA and WVBKA members initially but will open up bookings to other associations after 30th April.
Please make cheques payable to Hereford BKA. No receipt will be issued. If telephone or email bookings are made and full payment has not been received by 7 days prior to the meeting (unless by arrangement) it will be assumed the booking has been cancelled and the place will be re-allocated.
On the day you will need to bring a clean bee suit, clean gloves and clean boots to wear during the colony inspections.
There may be an opportunity to test your bees for Nosema. Anyone bringing a sample of bees needs to collect about 30 adult bees in a matchbox the day before and keep them in the freezer overnight so that we do not have any live bees.