Our very popular Basic Beekeeping Course, led by Master Beekeeper Jim Vivian-Griffiths, will be running again in 2016. There will be 6 evening sessions starting on 15th February, followed by four practical sessions in our apiary. The course provides a complete introduction to beekeeping for beginners and those who take it can be very confident of keeping bees successfully.
You can download a registration form here:
Basic Beekeeping Course – 2016
If you would like more information on the course please contact Jim on 01600 714428.
Thursday 3rd December our Christmas Social is a chance to hear an entertaining talk from Allan Wells (right) , our former Chairman, and to share this year’s experiences with your fellow beekeepers. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
As usual the meeting is at Staunton Village Hall, GL16 8NX, and starts at 7.30 pm.
2016 Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Saturday 27th February 2016 from 10.30 a.m.
This time it will be at the
(formerly called the Rural Skills Centre) Rural Innovation Centre , Manor Farm Lake, Harnhill, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (phone 01285 652531) .Click on the postcode for a map. GL7 5PU
We will also be holding a
Honey Show on that day. To download the Schedule and Entry Form click here: GBKA Honey Show 2016
Dean Forest Beekeepers are committing funds to a new project to help beekeepers deal with the major pest affecting our bees, the varroa mite. This 10 minute film from a recent BBC Spotlight programme gives an introduction.
We will be contributing £300 a year for the next 3 years to BDI (Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd), the organisation which provides insurance against colony losses for UK beekeepers, to support ground breaking research into the relationship between the honey bee and the parasitic varroa mite, in a project code named
. (Rolling out the Evolution of resistance to Varroa and DWV). REViVe
The project will be undertaken jointly by
from The Marine Biological Association (The MBA) based in Plymouth, and Dr. Declan Schroeder from The School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Salford University. Prof. Stephen Martin
Initial research into a UK population of varroa tolerant bees (at the
, founded by Ron Hoskins), suggests that a new equilibrium between the honey bees, deformed wing virus (DWV) and varroa has been established which may help to explain the long term survival of a their mite resistant colonies. Full details of the work have just been published here: Swindon Honeybee Conservation Group ISME 27 October 2015
The new project will look at what happens to colonies of resistant bees that are moved into other areas. This work is important, as it is not only necessary to be able to identify what enables these bee populations to survive untreated for varroa, but also to be able to work on the mechanisms that would enable these traits to be assimilated into the wider bee populations.
Val receives her Master Beekeeper certificate from Jim
At our AGM on 5th November, certificates were awarded to our members who took the Basic Beekeeping Assessment this year.
There was also a prize for Jonathan Axe, who achieved the highest mark in that assessment, and Val Vivian-Griffiths was presented with her Master Beekeeper certificate.
Congratulations to you all!
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Here are some photos, taken by Bob Snowdon, from the Forest Showcase on Sunday 4th October.
We had lots of questions and much interest from the general public. We gave out lots of membership and Basic Course forms. We also sold 74 jars of honey and 7 jars of honey marmalade.
A big thank you to Warren for providing such a good marquee and to Val for giving her talk ‘ Why and how do honeybees make honey’ . Thanks to everyone who helped on the stand, helping make this a very successful day.
Although there were fewer entries than last year our Honey Show on Saturday 3rd October went very well. Here are some photos, and below them is a link to the list of prizewinners.
Click here to see the full list of prizewinners