Sugar Contamination

At the recent BBKA 2015 ADM the Executive agreed to investigate the regulation of honey and contamination with sugar and other residues. They are currently seeking any information and examples from members, if anyone is aware of incidents, they can contact Dr David Aston, Chair BBKA Technical and Environmental Committee.

Ordering Beekeeping Equipment

The HBKA Trading Officer keeps a stock of basic equipment available for members to buy. In 2015, every Sunday morning apart from the 3rd Sunday in the month equipment can be bought or collected from the apiary. It helps Brian if members could print the current equipment form and fill it in beforehand.

Hive Kit

Shook Swarming talk, Sunday 14 Feb

 Over recent years, neighbouring association Pinner and Ruislip have developed a strategy that includes regular shook swarming. That is a vigorous transfer of the colony to new frames and foundation each spring, as opposed to the gradual approach of a Bailey comb change or informal rotation of brood frames every 3 or 4 years. It has been recognised for many years that shook swarms have benefits of removing pathogens in the comb; it is one of the treatments available to Bee Inspectors to treat EFB.

AFB down, EFB rises

efb graph

EFB cases in the region rose slightly in 2014, in line with national trends according to Julian Parker's first Regional Bee Inspector Report for the South East. Detected AFB cases fell to only 2 in the region.

Federation Day 2015

Next educational and social event for the society is the Middlesex Federation Day, this year hosted by Enfield Association. Three excellent speakers, Dr Ian Stell on anatomy with many of the best microscopy photographs available anywhere, as below.  Dr Michael Keith-Lucas on Pollen in Forensic Science and Andy Willis on Planting for Bees.

Forager Autumn 2014

Anna Surgenor has published the latest edition of Forager, Autumn 2014. Includes Anna's review of the Harrow in Leaf show and Peter Steele's news from Rwanda beekeeping. Rwanda Beekeeping, photo FAO Rwanda

Doreen and Judy win Display Class at National


Harrow members have done well over the years in Middlesex classes at the National Honey Show. But building on their experience of working with wax and other hive products, Judy Earl and Doreen Tylden-Patterson went one better and won their National Class. Their entry in Class 48: Display of Home-produced Products featured a timely World War I theme, items sent to a son in the trenches. 

Wax Workshop January 2015

Two local bloggers wrote about their day in Harrow, Emily from Ealing (thanks for the photo) and Helen from Epsom. Pleasure to see them and make links with other beeks in the area, check out their blogs for wax working and other local bee activity.

Beekeeping Beginners Course 2016

The 2016 Beekeepers Beginners Course ios now complete, it was over two weekends 12th and 19th March 2016 with practical sessions to follow on the Sundays, weather permitting. You can contact Moira Spiers on 07715 278087 for more details of when the next Spring course is likely to be scheduled.

The link above is a printable document of the 2016 course schedule with map and tear off booking slip that was to be forwarded with a cheque.

AGM - Final Reminder

If you're intending to go, and stay for the social, Moira wants to know and your choice of main course by 4th November.

The HBKA AGM and Social 2014 will be at the Pinner Parish Church Hall, St John The Baptist , Church Lane, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3AA

Saturday 8th November at 19:00, catering and other details are in the diary entry.



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