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Microscopy Interest Day at Hatch End

Any HBKA member interested in looking at pollen and making slides of pollen samples, Danuta and Jo will be at the apiary from 10 until 12 on Sat 16th July. If you have a compound microscope then you are welcome to come along and bring it too. There will need to be a limit of 15 maximum so it will be those who make contact first. Priority will be given to those who have not been able to attend other sessions before or those with microscopes who are hoping to take the interest further.

Annual Honey Show

HBKA Annual Honey Show 2016 is again part of the Harrow in Leaf show, which is in turn part of Headstone Village Show at Headstone Manor on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August. The full show schedule is downloadable from the Harrow in Leaf show website and includes the honey and wax entries.

Sales and Socials

Next up at the apiary is the second hand equipment sale. starting 11 am on 22nd May. Then the Social Evening on 18th June from 4.30 pm. Bring family and friends and a dish to share. Soft Drinks provided. Contact Carole Adams, who would appreciate knowing whether your dish is sweet or savoury. Check the diary page or subscribe to the ical feed.

Swarm Prevention and Control

Next up in the apiary education sessions is John House on Swarm Prevention, 7 May at 11 am. Swarming is ever popular among the bees this time of year, a few precautions and knowing what to do when they start anyway is what you need.

 

 

Pests. Diseases, Queen Marking and Clipping

Education session 17th April at the apiary is looking at pests and disease in the honey bee. It is very important that we all have an understanding about honey bee health so that we can spot the signs of trouble and look after our bees well. Jo Telfer is going to lead the session and has alot of experience so this is a session not to be missed. Due to the very late start to the season and the cooler weather there are so few drones about. We will discuss the process of clipping and marking of a queen in the ABC.

Bee Auctions, it must be Spring..

Bee auctions have been taking plce for many years. They usually take place at a weekend in Spring organised by a local bee association with the participation of the area RBI and include live bees as well as equipment. Too late for the recent Lincoln auction this year (pictured)  but established ones coming up are West Sussex on the 23rd April and Gloucester 14 May, see calendar for times and places.

Ordering Beekeeping Equipment

There is a new 2016 price list for the frequently used items that Brian can supply at the apiary on Sundays. Not all bad news as the offers from the manufacturers change; the frames are a little cheaper this year but the wax foundation is more expensive, such is keeping bees.

National Honey Show at Sandown

This year the National Honey Show is moving. Sandown Race Course at Esher is the new venue on 27, 28 and 29th October. It provides more space for showing and trading than the previous school venue. More details on their website.

Middx Disease Recognition Workshop

Middlesex Federation are sponsoring a disease recognition workshop. This will be hosted this year by Enfield BKA and run by Diane Steele the new SE RBI. For details and booking see the flyer below.

South East Bee Inspectors

The SE Annual Report to end 2015 records there were no EFB or AFB detected in the Greater London area. However it's all change for HBKA bee inspectors in 2016. Bucks has reverted to South region and so has RBI Julian Parker. Diane Steele is the new SE RBI, previously an SBI in Sussex. Caroline Washington has retired as N London SBI after 12 years, we wish her well and expect news of who takes over in April.

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