Our apiary sessions are held from 6.00 pm on Thursday evenings from April to the end of September.
Apiary grass cutting rota
The rota for 2017 is here: Grass Cutting Schedule for 2017
There is a list of the books in our library here: Library list.
During the season the library can be found in our clubhouse: please fill details in the red book when you borrow a book, and remember to mark as returned when you do so.
During Winter our Secretary will have the library at home, you are welcome to collect any book by arrangement.
Anyone wishing to donate books, or suggest new books to buy, please contact the Secretary.
The Association has two stainless steel centrifugal honey extractors, one three-frame and one four-frame, and a heated uncapping tray for members to hire.
The cost is £10 for one item or £15 for two, with a £50 cheque deposit which will be returned provided the equipment is returned in a clean undamaged condition. There is a rental agreement here: Extractor Rental Agreement.
An uncapping fork is provided with the tray.
To reserve an extractor and/or tray for a particular time please contact Gary Grindle 01452 760138, email Gary Grindle.
Our annual Honey Show is in October, in place of the monthly indoor meeting. You can see the Schedule for the 2016 Show here: Honey Show Schedule and Entry Form 2016. The Schedule and Entry Form for future Shows will be sent to all members a month or so before the Show.
For some advice on preparing exhibits see here: Notes on the Presentation of Honey for Showing
You can see photos of our last Honey Show here: Honey Show photos
Offers and discounts
From time to time we arrange bulk buys to allow members to get popular beekeeping items at good prices. Our regular buys include bee suits from BB Wear, honey jars, varroa treatments, and frames. Details will be circulated to members when the buys are being planned. If you wish to place an individual order with BB Wear you will need to provide proof of your Dean Forest Beekeepers membership to receive a discount.
As a BBKA member you are also entitled to membership of the Booker wholesale stores group where good prices are available on many household and food supplies, including sugar. Take your BBKA membership card along to any Booker store for free registration.
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Dean Forest Beekeepers
From little acorns The history of our apiary, by Val Vivian Griffiths.
The Chronicles of Bee’d the Obscure by Allan Wells.
Honey Bee Life History by Gordon D. Waller. It dates from 1980 but is an excellent thorough description of the complete honey bee life cycle.
Bee development and worker tasks is a one page chart showing the brood development times and tasks of the three bee castes.
The Bee Year A chart showing the seasonal development of a bee colony.
Varroa monitoring and control guide A page from the DEFRA ‘Managing Varroa’ booklet which explains how to assess the level of varroa in a colony.
Managing varroa The full DEFRA booklet.