National Bee Unit Bee Health Event – Sunday 8th July

This event is hosted by Gwent Beekeepers but it is very much open everybody as it is run and funded by the NBU. The workshops will provide an opportunity for beekeepers to get an understanding of the purpose and value of the Inspectorate’s work and, most importantly, to develop their knowledge and diagnosis of the key pest and disease threats to their bees. We will be bringing our ever popular diseased combs to give attendees first hand and, we hope only,

Pollen Day – Sunday 1st July

Please join us at the Lydney apiary on Sunday 1st July for our DFB Pollen Day.  We'll be there be between 8am and 8pm and closing the pollen traps on 3 hives every hour.  The aim is to identify how different hives forage on different plants, how the forage changes during the day and what the bees are actually foraging on.  Feel free to drop in and out as you need to, perhaps also a good opportunity to bring in a sample of 30 adult bees from

A great day out on the 2018 Bee Safari

We all had a fabulous time at the 2018 Bee Safari with everyone learning inside tips and tricks for reading colonies. Our warmest thanks go to Marin Anastassov who led us through a number of colony inspections with a focus on what the bees are telling us about the state of the colony before and during our inspections.  Without inspecting the record cards beforehand we were able to identify a swarm that had been hived up 4-5 weeks

Basic Beekeeping Course Congratulations

  We'd like to congratulate all the students who have just completed our 2018 Basic Beekeeping Course. The six winter theory sessions (in the snow) and four practical sessions (in the sun) provided you with all the information you need to get started in beekeeping and will stand you in good stead when you decide to take the BBKA Basic Certification (hint!) We've been really impressed with you as a group and hope you will join us on our Thursday eve...

Keeping Healthier Bees – our Honey Bee Health Course

On Saturday 26th May, seven of our members took time out from their own bees to attend our Honey Bee Health course led by Jim Vivian-Griffiths, Val Vivian-Griffiths, and Adam Parker (all Master Beekeepers).  This course helps beekeepers improve their understanding and practice of beekeeping and aligns to the syllabus of the new BBKA Honey Bee Health Certification. During the morning Jim shared his knowledge and experience of the current and po

Tom Swaine Trophy

The Tom Swaine Cup was awarded at the GBKA AGM to the team that worked on the new exhibition stand. Three of the winners are Dean Forest Beekeepers members Krysia Kolodziejek, Dave Kennedy, and Angie Horlick, the other team member being Mike Hunt who is GBKA President. Please join me in both thanking them for their fantastic contributions and congratulating them on receipt of this award.

Honey Bee Health, Queen Rearing, and Microscopy Courses

Dean Forest Beekeepers Association are running three training courses this season that you will hopefully want to consider: Honey Bee Health Course (26th May / £50 including lunch - moved from 5th May & previously called Improvers Course): The course covers bee diseases and pests including management of varroa and practical experience of shook swarm, bailey comb change & full disease check.  This course would also be ideal for anyone

Our 2017 Honey Show

was held on Saturday 7th October at The Main Place, Coleford. Our judges were Dave Maslen and Malcolm Cooper. The cup winners were: Apis Mellifera Cup for the best honey in Show: Andrew Phillips Major Noel Cup for the best exhibit in Show: Carol Cole Phil Phelps Cup for the best wax in Show: Carol Cole Lydney Apiary Tray for the best cake in Class 8: Corrine May The Chairman's Cup for the most points from all the Classes: Andrew Phillips

Asian Hornets

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees because they will kill them when they need protein to feed their own larvae. Asian hornets are established in much of Europe, including France, They were found in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire in September 2016. The National Bee Unit found and destroyed a nest, which they believe was the ...

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