Calendar

Sep
28
Sat
WBKA County Honey Show @ Stoneleigh Park
Sep 28 all-day

Again at the Stoneleigh showground, the county Honey Show will be held alongside three interesting lectures

Staging from 08.00, full details are in the schedule which is attached to this article.

Online entry will be available from 1st September until 8.30pm Sunday 22nd September.  Go to the booking page HERE

This year we have three nationally recognized speakers; we expect the day will appeal to all our members, whether they are taking part in the Honey Show or simply looking to improve their beekeeping knowledge by learning from others.

10.00am   “COLOSS survey and findings on winter losses from across Europe”. Dr Anthony Williams, COLOSS Survey Coordinator for England

The talk will explain a background and aims of COLOSS an international network of honeybee researchers. I will give an overview of the organisations activities and then focus on the hive monitoring working group. I will discuss the recent results of winter hive loss surveys and present a comparison of results received around Europe. If I have time I may touch on some of my research plans building a network of remote sensors for honey bee health monitoring and bee colony simulations in the presence of varroa.

11.30 am   “Basic Honey Bee Genetics for Beekeepers”. John Chambers.

To improve our national stock, we must collectively act in sympathy with the biological realities of honey bee genetics. This presentation starts by considering what a breed is, before revealing something astonishing about breeds of honey bee. Then, Gregor Mendel’s failure to improve his honey bees is contrasted with his landmark work with the common pea. The rest of the lecture provides insight into why he failed. By the end of this presentation, it should be clear why it is so damaging to import honey bee stock and how we can improve our local stock quickly, simply and optimally, using an augmented “bees know best” policy.

14.00  “Bees for Oil Seed Rape and Heather”. Joyce Nisbet.

Fresh from judging at our Honey Show Joyce will cover the tips and tricks involved in getting your bees prepared to optimise the early season honey crop from OSR and the late season honey crop from heather. Her talk will include:- Preparing / stimulating colonies for OSR; Moving bees if out-apiary; Extracting OSR honey; Preparing for going to Ling; Ling honey, comb & Sections; Fitting Varroa treatment round going to the Ling; and more!

 

Also we will have a couple of stalls to buy equipment and books.

Jeremy from Northern Bee Books is bringing copious amount of bee related books so for those taking there modules over the winter, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Simon the Beekeeper and his staff will be attending this year with ‘End of season offers’ including Suit and Jacket slight seconds, Tools and equipment, including Smokers, Hive tools, Polyhives, Frames and Foundation,Honey processing accessories, etc.  *Pre orders can also be collected on the day ( Order by 4pm Thursday 26th Sept ) Phone 01455 698242 Visit simonthebeekeeper.co.uk

Please register for the lectures HERE.  The lectures are free to attend for members, but it is important that we can plan for the expected numbers of attendees.

We also want to help those entering the Novice Classes at the Honey Show to get individual feedback on their entries. In a change to previous shows, the entrants will be offered the opportunity to attend the judging process so that they can hear directly about their entries from the Judge.

Updated schedule:

thumbnail of Schedule of Classes 2019

 

Jan
18
Sat
Microscopy for Beginners @ Eathorpe Village Hall
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Introduction to the world of microscopy for beekeepers. Suitable for those new to microscopy.

  • We will cover:-
  • The parts of the microscope and what they do;
  • Caring for and setting up a microscope
  • The uses of microscopes in beekeeping
  • The basic materials and equipment needed to get started
  • Some simple slide making techniques
  • Making your own glycerine jelly mountant
  • Using a microscope to identify Nosema
  • Attaching a camera to a microscope (including some simple and cheap DIY ideas!)

Participants will be provided with a starter kit to support microscopy at home.

Refreshments provided, bring your own packed lunch.

Cost : £25 per person

Jan
19
Sun
Microscopy – Dissecting bees, and making slides @ Eathorpe Village Hall
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Going further into the world of microscopy for beekeepers. Suitable for those who have practical experience having attended an Introduction course.

We will cover:-

  • A review of basic techniques
  • Making permanent slides
  • Dark field illumination
  • Oil immersion
  • Examination of honey samples
  • Bee dissections
  • An introduction to the BBKA microscopy certificate assessment

Refreshments provided, bring your own packed lunch.

Cost : £25 per person.

Feb
15
Sat
Introduction to Beekeeping – Coventry Branch @ Eathorpe Village Hall
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day

For those interested in taking up Beekeeping as a hobby.

Come and join Coventry Branch of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association for a weekend to learn more about Beekeeping

A two day Beginner Beekeeping course – Venue TBC

15th/16th February 2020

Details HERE

 

Mar
2
Mon
Introduction to Beekeeping – Cancelled
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the sessions have been cancelled

Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers run a six session course in the theory and practice of beekeeping, At Kings Hill Nursery, Coventry  CV3 6PS
Mon evenings March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 also Sat morning April 4

The course is aimed at those wishing to start keeping honeybees.

Cost : £70 (available as a Christmas present voucher)

Application forms can be found on the Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtkhViIKzBFqRc-W1j2ipwyiGk_FcZ_Nr1I–_9UwAhDKbgA/viewform

Mar
9
Mon
Introduction to Beekeeping – Cancelled
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the sessions have been cancelled

Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers run a six session course in the theory and practice of beekeeping, At Kings Hill Nursery, Coventry  CV3 6PS
Mon evenings March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 also Sat morning April 4

The course is aimed at those wishing to start keeping honeybees.

Cost : £70 (available as a Christmas present voucher)

Application forms can be found on the Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtkhViIKzBFqRc-W1j2ipwyiGk_FcZ_Nr1I–_9UwAhDKbgA/viewform

Mar
16
Mon
Introduction to Beekeeping – Cancelled
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the sessions have been cancelled

Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers run a six session course in the theory and practice of beekeeping, At Kings Hill Nursery, Coventry  CV3 6PS
Mon evenings March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 also Sat morning April 4

The course is aimed at those wishing to start keeping honeybees.

Cost : £70 (available as a Christmas present voucher)

Application forms can be found on the Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtkhViIKzBFqRc-W1j2ipwyiGk_FcZ_Nr1I–_9UwAhDKbgA/viewform

Mar
23
Mon
Introduction to Beekeeping – Cancelled
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the sessions have been cancelled

Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers run a six session course in the theory and practice of beekeeping, At Kings Hill Nursery, Coventry  CV3 6PS
Mon evenings March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 also Sat morning April 4

The course is aimed at those wishing to start keeping honeybees.

Cost : £70 (available as a Christmas present voucher)

Application forms can be found on the Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtkhViIKzBFqRc-W1j2ipwyiGk_FcZ_Nr1I–_9UwAhDKbgA/viewform

Mar
25
Wed
AGM @ meriden village hall
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

140thth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

of the WARWICKSHIRE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Registered Charity no.500276

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Meriden Village Hall, main road Meriden CV7 1NG

Please visit the Member pages to view relevant documents for the 2020 AGM

 

Mar
30
Mon
Introduction to Beekeeping – Cancelled
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Due to Covid-19 the remainder of the sessions have been cancelled

Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers run a six session course in the theory and practice of beekeeping, At Kings Hill Nursery, Coventry  CV3 6PS
Mon evenings March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 also Sat morning April 4

The course is aimed at those wishing to start keeping honeybees.

Cost : £70 (available as a Christmas present voucher)

Application forms can be found on the Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtkhViIKzBFqRc-W1j2ipwyiGk_FcZ_Nr1I–_9UwAhDKbgA/viewform