Beyond the Basic

Following the basic training course of 2015 run by Moira, a suggestion has been made that this could continue as a further discussion group  called ‘ Beyond the Basic’  Rosie and Colin have offered to host this group again starting on Thursday 25th February at their home. They have space for 12 people only to sit comfortably. 

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

Middx Federation Day

A reminder that next weekend the Federation day is hosted by Barnet at Arkley Village Hall, EN5 3LD on Sat 20th Feb. Speakers are Professor Linda M Field from Rothamsted on Insecticides, Pam Hunter on Bee Nutrition and Dr Sara Robb on Making Toiletries, all for £10. Wax exchange and Bee Basic equipment will also be available. A printable agenda with map is available.

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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.

Lecture Videos

Nights still long? The National Honey Show has been videoing the main hall lectures for the past few years. Topics range from general interest, such as keeping bees in the US and pollination to fairly technical such as honey bee evolution and pest lifecycles. Well worth checking what's available. Some HBKA members were even caught on camera.

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