Varroa and DWV Research Update Lecture

The first of our winter meetings is on Thursday 6th September at Staunton village hall (19:00 for prompt 19:30 start).  Jessica Kevill from Salford University will update us on her research into varroa and deformed wing virus.  She will also have the results of the analysis of the samples of bees we submitted from the Branch Apiary over the last three years in support of this project. There will be no apiary meeting this week. ...

Introductory Course – promising new beekeepers

On Saturday we held our one day Introduction to Beekeeping Course (fully subscribed). In the morning, Jim Vivian-Griffiths spoke about the basics of bees and beekeeping and answered everyone's questions. Rosemary prepared another lovely lunch and lots of cakes. In the afternoon, six of our experienced beekeepers took the attendees out into our apiary. It was a perfect sunny afternoon for beekeeping and the colonies were lovely to handle. Inspecting ...

2018 BBKA Basic Certification Congratulations

Dean Forest Beekeepers would like to congratulate the following members on passing the BBKA Basic Certificate this summer: Sarah James Anna Stankiewicz Simon Preest Paul Jones Kerry Wynn Corinne May Passing the Basic Assessment demonstrates proficiency at all the things which new beekeepers need to know and provides self confidence that your skills and knowledge are on the right track.  It is the gateway to other BBKA practical a

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.

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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