Devon beekeeper, Liz Westcott, has been invited along to Phonic FM, a locally-based community radio station, to talk about her bees and how people can get started if they are interested in taking up beekeeping themselves.
If you would like to listen live, tune into Phonic FM on Wednesday 6 September between 11 am and 12 noon.
Do you know anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper?
The yellow-legged or Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is native to South-East Asia, and is a voracious predator of pollinating insects including honey bees. Since its accidental introduction into South-Western France in 2004, V. velutina has spread to much of western Europe. The presence of V. velutina in Great Britain was first confirmed in September 2016. The likely dynamics following an initial incursion are uncertain, especially the risk of continued spread, and the likely success of control measures.
In some regions of the UK, colonies are starting to show symptoms of high levels of Varroa mites, for example wing deformities and perforated cappings. Therefore, it might be prudent to start monitoring colony mite populations and information on how to do this can be found in the Managing Varroa leaflet (page 15) issued by the National Bee Unit (BeeBase).
Many thanks to all members who donated honey to the Taste of Honey stall at the Honiton Show in 2016. Your donation of honey is very important to us and hope it helped towards selling your honey at the Honey Sales stall. Having tasted a delicious honey with their scone and cream, people tend to ask for that honey when buying a jar to take home.
Members are again invited to supply honey products for this year's show on Thursday 3rd August 2017. Other bee products will be welcome.
Today was the last day of this year's Beginners' Basic Beekeeping Course which brought together 37 people of all ages with one thing in common... bees! The course itself started at the beginning of the year in January with evening sessions followed by two practical sessions at our Exeter apiary. The course was led by David Packham, Seasonal Bee Inspector, who provided all the coursework for the budding beekeepers that was based on the BBKA's Basic Assessment Syllabus.