Improver, Queen Rearing, and Microscopy Courses

Dean Forest Beekeepers Association are running three training courses this season that you will hopefully want to consider: Improvers Course (5th May / £50 including lunch): 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 considering taking the BBKA Bee Health Certification.  This

2018 Basic and Introductory Courses

Our 2018 Basic Beekeeping Course (evening lectures and multi-day practical sessions) is now full. However, on Saturday 2nd June 2018, we will be running our Introductory Beekeeping Course at our Association Apiary in Lydney.  This is a great opportunity to get an introduction to beekeeping and get hands on with some bees.  Refreshments and Lunch are included.  Please complete and return the application form to book your space....

Late foraging

Anna Stankiewicz sent this photo to share: I took this picture about a week ago (at the end of November) in the garden where I work and keep some of my hives, one of the girls on Eupatorium ligustrinum ( extremely popular with all kinds of bees) The garden is south facing and quite warm but it is late flowering and foraging even for us!

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 ...