Coming Events

BBC COUNTRYFILE TV PROGRAMME – all about bees. Sunday 21st April at 5pm.

Looks like some interesting agenda items – so don’t miss it!

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SUMMER APIARY MEETINGS – DATES FOR SUMMER 2024

The Apiary Meetings are planned for alternate Sunday mornings at 1030 during the summer.
(Specific days are subject to the vagaries of British weather and activities to the requirements of our bee colonies! So look for emails or check the website a few days before the meeting)

Zoe and Alex will be starting a Queen Rearing class after 1st May using Apideas and other methods, I know some of you expressed an interest last year, please let Cathy know if you are still interested so I can send you details

David Packham will be doing “Why Did My Bees Die ?”  talk with Bacon Butties at Apiary. Please let Cathy know how many hives you lost, their history, Q age ? Swarm ? Any issues, small going into winter, high VC, treatment given, did you need to feed, when did they die, did you notice what the hive was like when cleared away, Bees in comb, signs of Drone laying etc.

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MP’s to review Insect Decline and Food Security

Following petitions to Parliament on the danger of neonicotinoids to UK pollinators, the Science, Innovation and Technology Commiittee, a cross party group of MPs, has been convened to take evidence on the decline in numbers and diversity of insects and the effect on UK food security. See official announcement here.

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Winter Evening Meetings:
We are moving our meeting day and venue. We will be holding the meetings the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Clyst St George Hall in Clyst St George village (26 Woodbury Rd, Exeter EX3 0RE). Many of you will remember it from our Nosema meetings many years ago.

We have a good sized room so happy to take members from other Branches if they email our Secretary first

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Real concerns are being raised by the BBKA, BDI, and the Science Advisor of the danger of inadvertently importing the Small Hive Beetle if Queens are imported from Northern Ireland. Please see full details in the paper below:

Importing Honey Bees into Great Britain

EBKA Members are welcomed to join meetings held by other Devon Associations. Please contact the relevant Branch Secretary for specific joining details. The schedule of events at other Devon Associations is shown on the DBKA website here.

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