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The BBKA Basic Beekeeping Assessment

The BBKA Basic Assessment is the simplest qualification in beekeeping. It is designed to show a level of competence in the basic skills and knowledge of the craft. Acquiring the qualification can be really important if you want to keep bees on an Association apiary or on a local authority allotment site.

Beekeeping Beginners Course 2017

The HBKA Beginners Course starts on 25th of March and runs for two weekends. These are held in our Hatch End Apiary where you will lern about and how to handle bees under guidance of our very experienced tutors.

Xmas Quiz

On Sunday 11th December please come along to our last meeting of the year to enjoy a fun quiz, mead, and some festive treats. Usual start time of 11am for 11.15. There will be an opportunity to chat to friends, buy your Bee's winter treatment and talk about plans for the new season ask- for advice and give some! Think about courses you might want to take.:- Information will be available on.Basic beekeeping/ Beyond Basics discussion / Modules or General husbandryLook forward to seeing you there. Please bring if you can a small plate of festive food to share

Federation Day 25 Feb 2017

Middx Federation Day 2017 is hosted by Ealing BKA on Sat 25th Feb. Full program of speakers with Martin Bencsik on accoustic hive monitoring, Clive de Bruyn (below) on Spring beekeeping and Bob Smith on pollen traps. All for £10, also available are lunch sandwiches, wax swaps and equipment sales.

2017 Federation Day Programme

Education session - Wax Moths

Galleria mellonella, greater wax moth © Crown copyright 2016

The education session this week is about wax moths. These little insects can cause such a mess in the hive, honey and over the frames. Jo will be leading the session to talk about and help us to understand the difference between the greater and lesser wax moth, its problems and some of the things we can do to help our bees.

AGM

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.

Bio Blitz at the apiary

A bio-blitz is a short, sharp but thorough study and recording of all flora and fauna of an environment. Typically done over a 24-hour period, we’re doing a shortened version just on Saturday morning, but including checking some traps set up the evening before. It’s a way of identifying and recording the biodiversity of a habitat, and giving us a much greater understanding of the ecology of our apiary.

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