The HBKA AGM will be held on Saturday 19 November 2016 at St Lawrence’s Church Hall, Bridle Road, Eastcote HA5 2SJ at 7pm. It will be followed by our annual dinner and social. See email circular for the agenda, minutes of the last meeting and copy of the amended constitution which is an agenda item. Please read the documents before coming to the meeting, and print off your own copies if possible.

Asian Hornet Nest Destroyed but more found...

The NBU has reported that an Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) nest has been found and destroyed near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. However there are now more confirmed hornets in Somerset, north of the Mendips There are pictures on the NBU website of the nest as below. The Tetbury nest was 55 feet up in a conifer. So far there are no reports of hornets neaby since that nest has gone, but time is running out to find any other nests before the queens disperse to hibernate.

The Shed has Landed

The new shed is now erected and most of the contents of the ABC have been moved into it, the old ABC needs decoration. Tilman's plan is that the decoration should be on the weekend of 15th and 16th October when the ABC will be fully redecorated and the new floor tiles will be laid. On 2nd October we have to dust and clean all the surfaces ready for painting that weekend. The jobs needed will be removal of the remaining contents of the ABC to the shed and dust, hoover and clean all the surfaces that are to be painted.

Asian Hornet in UK

Vespa velutina, the Asian Hornet, sightings have been confirmed in Gloucestershire. The hornets have been established in France since accidental introduction and have a habit of catching honey bees as they emerge from a hive and killing large numbers.

New Apiary Shed - Volunteers

The shed has landed. We don't get improvements unless we do it ourselves, so Tilman is looking for volunteers. Next step is to decant the ABC to the new shed so that a fresh lick of paint and replacement floor tiles can bring the interior up to match the new roof cover. See the email for details; the idea is to arrange some painting parties in October.

Not the shed, just a shed