Warwickshire County Honey Show September 28th 2019

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  Don’t worry if you miss the deadline, you can still enter on the day.

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

Warwickshire County Honey Show – Saturday 29th September 2018

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 August until 8.30pm Sunday 23rd 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.

10.00 am ‘Varroa, the ghost in the hive’ – Professor Steve Martin, Salford University. Steve will be reporting on fascinating research into how bees recognize other bees within the hive, how the varroa mite can camouflage itself and the implications this has for reliance on hygienic behaviour to combat varroa.

11.30 am ‘Viral infections in honeybees’ – Kirsty Stainton , National Bee Unit, York. In recent years, many beekeepers in Warwickshire have suffered colony losses from Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV). We will be getting an update on the research that the NBU have been undertaking on CBPV and other viral infections which impact honey bee colonies (How many can you name?).

14.00 pm ‘How do I sort this out?’ –  Gerry Collins, NDB & Master Beekeeper. In his own unique down-to-earth style Gerry will cover some of the head scratching situations we encounter in our hives and practical solutions to resolve them.

Please register HERE for the lectures.  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 of events and map:

thumbnail of WBKA 2018 Honey Show & Lectures information sheet

Asian hornet identified in Lancashire

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Bury area of Lancashire. It was spotted by a member of the public in a cauliflower, which has since been traced back to Boston, Lincolnshire.
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 and work is already underway to identify any nests, which includes setting up a surveillance zone and traps in the two identified locations and deploying bee inspectors to visit local beekeepers.

Full article here

Apimondia 2019 Announced

Montréal will be hosting the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in 2019.
As many of you know, APIMONDIA is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. Its major objective is to facilitate the exchange of information and discussions by organizing Congresses and Symposia where beekeepers, scientists, honey-traders, agents for development, technicians and legislators meet to listen, discuss and learn from one another. Apimondia meetings are fabulous events that offer great opportunities to learn about all the aspects of the beekeeping world. During these meetings, from morning until late evening, participants explore various exhibits and learn about cutting edge research from all parts of the world.

The official website is HERE

Healthy Bee Day Announced 19th May 2018

Open to beekeepers from Warwickshire and adjoining counties, a day of practical workshops and demonstrations covering all aspects of bee health including the chance to inspect diseased comb.  This will be led by the Regional Bee Inspector, assisted by members of his staff

Cost :-£15 , Tea/coffee included. Bring your own lunch. Delegates will receive a Healthy Bee guide for use in the apiary.

All 60 places now allocated