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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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