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A One-day Course on Beekeeping
Saturday 12th June 2021 – Start 9.30am.
This is a one-day course for those who are thinking about taking up, or have just started, beekeeping or are simply interested in learning a little more about bees.
Venue: High Mead Farm Ham Lane (B3073) Longham Wimborne BH22 9DR
09.30-10:30 A short film showing bees in and around a hive will be screened after a short introduction.
10.30-11.30 A Beekeeper’s Year. A talk describing the various activities which need to be carried out by the beekeeper both around the hive and at home.
11.30 Tea/coffee break (Refreshments should be available, awaiting confirmation, please feel free to bring a flask)
12:00 – 13.00 Beekeeping. How to get a beehive and bees, where to place a hive, what other equipment is required and lots of other points. Question and answer sessions in small groups with some of our more experienced beekeepers.
1300-14.00 Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)
14.00-16.00 Practical in the Association Apiary
(Bee-suits will be provided but please bring Wellington boots or substantial shoes). Depending on the weather one or two hives will be opened so that you can have a chance to handle some frames of bees. The Queen may be seen!
If it is wet or cold further question and answer sessions will be offered and a different Saturday afternoon to come back and look in a hive will be arranged.
Please bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
The cost of the course for each adult is £40.00 but this will also include associate membership in the association until 30th September 2021. Children under the age of 16 coming with their parent/s will be very welcome and are free.
On Tuesday March 19th 2019 19:30 at West Parley Hall Luzia Barclay will be giving a talk entitled “Remedies from the Beehive”.
Luzia is a Regsitered Medicinal Herbalist trained in Western Traditional Herbal Medicine, Luzia mainly uses indigenous herbs in the form of tinctures, but also herbs like Echinacea from North America as well as Remedies from the beehive.
On 19th February Chris Park will give a talk entitled ‘Honey Island’ – Some Heritage of Honey in Britain.
Amongst other things Chris is well known for for skep making and skep beekeeping. He lives on an organic farm in the Vale of the White Horse. His work is wide and varied, from arts and craft, ancient technologies, experimental archaeology and educational projects to eco-building, professional story telling and raising the awareness of heritage beekeeping. You can see some of his work at www.acorneducation.com. He is chairman of the newly formed British Beekeeping Heritage Society and gives entertaining lectures.
Further information https://bee-craft.com/news/the-skeppist.
The BADS Annual General Meeting will be held on 15th January 2019, at which we have to elect our committee.
There are a number of positions becoming vacant and we need volunteers from the membership to fill them as we have relied on a very dedicated and enthusiastic core of people for quite a few years.
The positions are:
- Chair (Elizabeth El Dars has held this for 3 years and has to step down)
- Vice Chair
- Education Secretary
- Committee Members x 2
- Apiary Manager at High Mead
We also need someone to organise the raffle at our regular meetings.
If you think you would like to take on one of these roles, please contact me so that I can give you a brief description of what each one entails.
I cannot reiterate strongly enough that without your support the club cannot function, so please do give it some consideration. With a membership of 172, I am sure there must be a few of you up for the challenge!
Dear fellow members,
This is that time of the year again when your membership subscriptions are due. The new Membership form is attached.
As you might have heard there are new rules introduced for any organizations who hold personal data. Therefore, the form has now 2 pages and in order for us to process your membership you need to confirm your consent by ticking appropriate boxes and signing the form.
Graham Lovell stepped down as our Magazines Subscription collector and therefore if you need to Subscribe please contact magazines directly.
Please print and complete the form (link below) and either scan and e-mail or post it to Membership secretary.
Treasurer & Membership Secretary
Bournemouth and Dorset South Beekeepers Association
07900 805 355
Urgent, old queen bees required
If you are requeening any of your colonies, or know of someone who is, may I have the old queens, alive. I am trying to over winter 10 queens in a single Langstroth brood box.
Paul Mann (01202 773844)
Thursday 18th October
At 7.00pm at the Hamworthy Club, Canford Magna, BH21 3AP we will be holding the annual skittles match against East Dorset.
This is always an enjoyable evening; a chance to catch up with fellow beekeepers, chat to members of EDBKA and enjoy the skittles.
There is also food available and closer to the date I will send out a menu from which you can choose, in the meantime, please do put the date in your dairy or on your calendar, as we would like to see as many BADS members there as possible.
3 Dorset House
42 The Avenue
6/9/2018 From Helga
David and I have decided to step back from our roles as apiary manager and education co-ordinator as from the end of this season.
The Association is therefore looking for members to come forward to help fill these posts. Anybody who thinks they would like to take part in organising and delivering a education programme next year please contact Sheila Orr at: email@example.com
Government announce the National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall
There has been a sighting of an Asian Hornet in Fowey in Cornwall. We believe it was spotted and photographed but not captured. |The NBU is in Cornwall setting traps.
Please can every beekeeper monitor the insects in their garden, allotment or hedgerows, it is best if you spend about 15 minutes or longer looking at one area as insects can come and go quite frequently.
If members use a monitoring trap, please check it daily, release the good insects after making sure that an Asian Hornet is not there.
In Autumn, the preferred bait is proteins like fish heads and prawns as they need to build up their fat bodies for winter, so bait your trap accordingly but do remember not to use anything your own bees would eat.
If you can identify the insects trapped it would help but if you cannot, take a photograph with your phone.
If you do see an Asian Hornet on a hedgerow, again take a picture but make sure that you follow its flight path and make a note of the direction as Asian Hornets fly in a straight line from food to colony.
Should you spot an Asian hornet, please call your bee inspector and alert your own branch committee so that we can extend the searches quickly.
We cannot stress how dangerous these Hornets can be to our pollinating insects.
Margaret Wilson, BBKA Chairman
Please see here for full details from NBU
Kevin Pope, our seasonal bee-inspector, has informed us that an Asian Hornet was found about 10 days ago on the ferry about an hour after it had left Poole. It had no ticket(!) and so it was impossible to determine whether it had come from France and was on its way home or more worryingly it was leaving England
.Kevin has asked all of us to put out wasp traps and to monitor what is caught. A one or one and half litre plastic bottle with the top quarter cut off and inserted upside down(without its lid) will work. It should be baited with dark beer and as much sugar as it will take (jam melted in hot water is almost as good).
If you see anything that resembles an Asian Hornet please tel. Kevin immediately and he will come and see what you have got. You can check what an Asian Hornet looks like on the NBU website.
Kevin’s number is: 07775 119466
For the sake of all our bees please act NOW.