Hunting for a Drone Congregation Area

Continuing a busy month, members of Dean Forest Beekeepers explored a Drone Congregation Area near Ross-on-Wye on Sunday 9th July. The group flew helium balloons at heights of over 10 metres with a virgin queen suspended below the balloons, and as the photos show, successfully attracted drones from a congregation area nearby. Many thanks to Isabelle and Stephen Green for organising the hunt and providing the virgin queens, and to Isabelle and Jim Vivian...

For members – an Improvers Course

The BBKA are planning to introduce a new assessment, which is pitched at a level between Basic and General Husbandry. In order to advance the knowledge of our members we have decided to run an Intermediate Course this year on Saturday, 6th May. It will be a practical based course, limited to 6 students, held at the Branch Apiary. The trainers for this course will be Adam Parker, Val & me. You have to have passed your Basic and ideally have about th...

One day Introduction to Beekeeping

Dean Forest Beekeepers are again offering their one-day Introductory Beekeeping Course this June The course is taught by  Jim Vivian-Griffiths, a Master Beekeeper and one of our most experienced members. The day consists of a morning session where Jim provides an overview of what is involved in keeping bees, and an afternoon practical session, looking at bees in their hives in our Lydney apiary. This course is an excellent introduction to beekeeping,

GBKA Honey Show and AGM on 25th February

Our Association's 2017 Honey Show and AGM will be held on Saturday 25th February. This year it is being hosted by the Newent Branch and will be in Highnam Community Centre, Highnam GL2 8DG.The Honey Show Schedule and Entry Form is here: GBKA Honey Show Entry Form 2017  Honey Show entries must be handed in between 9.30 and 10 am.Later in the morning there will be a talk by Professor Les Baillie of Cardiff University titled 'The antibacterial properties of h

Branch meetings

Our monthly indoor meetings have now ended and starting on Thursday 6th April we will be holding weekly evening sessions at our Lydney apiary. If you are not a member but are interested in joining us you can come along to one of our apiary evenings please get in touch with one of the committee. Contact details are on the  Contact Us page....

Basic Assessment successes

Congratulations to the six members of our branch who have been passed the BBKA Basic Beekeeping Assessment this year!  They are Isabelle Green, Stephen Green, Sarah Lloyd, Bill Brown, Warren Ardern and Brian Lord. Certificates were presented to Isabelle, Stephen, Sarah and Bill by Bob Snowdon at our November 3rd meeting: and Jim Vivian-Griffiths presented Isabelle with a special award for achieving the highest mark in the Basic Assessment:   T


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