Can you please circulate this flyer to your members and also include on your websites.
Alnwick and District Beekeepers lost a much loved member last year and a group of individuals from the Association has agreed to sell Gerry Parkin's equipment on behalf of his wife. Gerry was a beekeeper of over 60 years. All proceeds go to his wife.
The Norfolk Honey Company published their most recent video on their YouTube Chanel yesterday. It is particularly relevant to Module Three Study Group members as the title is 'Nosema Infection Sampling,
Here is the link to our own YouTube Chanel, you will find the video there as we subscribe to the Norfolk Honey Company Chanel.
Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 28th February 2018 @ 6:46pm
While snow on hives in itself is not detrimental to the bees, it is important to ensure that hive entrances are not blocked by the snow. Mentors and Foster parents are asked to check their allocated hives at the earliest opportunity to ensure they are in good shape.
Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 19th February 2018 @ 10:57am
In the latest newsletter published by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust there is an article by Katy Malone on pesticide residues in purchases from Garden Centres which I think all interested in bees should see. When we buy "bee-friendly" plants we may inadvertently be feeding the local bees on neonics and other nasties! Results based on recent research by David Goulson and his associates.
Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 7th February 2018 @ 10:26am
Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers Association are proud to announce that they will hosting BIBBA's 'Bee Improvement Day for All' with Roger Patterson (BIBBA) on Saturday 10 March 2018 at the Roslin Institute.The closing date for registration is 20 February 2018. If Saturday doesn't work for you, Lanark are hosting on Sunday 11th although we don't have details so far.
You can find details for the 10 March 2018 date at this link:
Notice of the 2018 AGM was published in the February edition of the 'Scottish Beekeeper' The venue for the meeting is:
Dewar's Centre, Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH
The meeting is scheduled to start at 11.00.
A request was made for those planning to attend the meeting to inform the SBA secretary of their intention to be there.
The notice was published by John Wilkinson, General Secretary, SBA.
After over three years of efforts a resolution to declare 20 May World Bee Day was unanimously adopted within the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the UN General Assembly in New York on 17 November 2017. It is supported by all UN Member States, with 115 states being co-signatories or the so-called co-sponsors of the resolution, including the largest states such as the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, India and all EU Member States.
A couple of weeks ago our GroupSpace developed two major problems:
The page tabs disappeared from view - with the exception of the Home tab.
Most, but not all images disappeared from view and in particular those that are included in the body of the various pages of the web site. The images have become a question mark just like the one below.
We have been able to fix the issue with the page tabs and these are now visible again. The colour of the text is now red.
The image issue continues. We have made several attempts to contact the help desk to make them aware of the problem. Many other groupspace users have also done the same. We are participating in an on-line help discussion forum to try to resolve the problem. We will keep trying.
Over the last 15 months or so Neil Rutherford has done an excellent job of co-ordinating the study group for the NBKA to prepare attendees to sit the SBA Module Exams. So far around 12 of us have studied and the majority have sat the exams for Modules 1 and 2.
Module 3 Study Group will start on Tuesday 9th January 2018 from 1930 hrs to 2100 hrs in the new Bee Academy at Newbattle. The group will discuss future meeting dates at the first meeting but we tend to meet every second Tuesday. Provisional dates would be 9/1, 23/1, 6/2, 20/2, 6/3 and possibly 13/3 depending upon the exam date.
Most of those who have already undertaken Modules 1 and 2 are very keen to continue but Neil wants to open this out to the rest of the NBKA community.
Although Foster Parents are unable to sit the exam until they have passed their Basic Beekeeping Certificate there is no reason why they should not be involved if they want to but Ewan Mealyou is co-ordinating a similar study group specifically to fit their needs.
Module 3 covers Honeybee Diseases, Pests and Poisoning and could be considered as one of the most important Modules of all. It is also unnecessary to have completed modules 1 and 2 so Neil wants to encourage anyone who would like to join the study group to do so.
The Fund-raising raffle draw was held on Saturday afternoon when members and guests came together for afternoon tea. The event was a great success and gave those present an opportunity to see the progress made with the refurbishment of the Bee Academy building. The afternoon was hosted by Joyce Jack, NBA President, and during her opening remarks she was able to thank Martin Vevers, refurbishment project manager for the work done over the past weeks to get the building to an almost finished state.
The raffle draw took place as members and guests were enjoying the very tempting savories and cakes on offer all served on vintage crockery.
The raffle prizes were won by the following people:
Robert (Bob) Greenhill - Dinner Bed & Breakfast for Two at the Bruntsfield Hotel
Elly Smith - Case of mixed wine
Lucy C - Gift Voucher, Shear Magic Hairdressing, Dalkeith
A. MacLean - Handmade Lap Blanket - Brood Frame design with bees
Peter Jack - Handmade Silver Chain Pendant with Fresh Water Pearl Detail
F & L Ribbons - £25 Gift voucher - Harrisons of Peebles
The big jobs are almost complete. Colin, the painter completed as far as he could today but will be back to finish the partition wall when it is ready.
Alick is also in the same position and can’t do anymore until the worktop and units are in place.
Note the 'cells' on the wall in the top photograph. These frame numbers stenciled on the wall when the hut was being used as a dormitory by the army during and just after the second world war. We assume that there was a bed positioned under each number. The cells on the floor in the top photograph will be used to frame details of the Bee Academy Founder supporters.
The electrician is waiting on a phone call to return and fix the wall heaters and this can now happen as the walls have been painted.
There is not a great deal more to do and the refurbishment should be complete in the early part of January.