Asian Hornet in UK

Vespa velutina, the Asian Hornet, sightings have been confirmed in Gloucestershire. The hornets have been established in France since accidental introduction and have a habit of catching honey bees as they emerge from a hive and killing large numbers.

New Apiary Shed - Volunteers

The shed has landed. We don't get improvements unless we do it ourselves, so Tilman is looking for volunteers. Next step is to decant the ABC to the new shed so that a fresh lick of paint and replacement floor tiles can bring the interior up to match the new roof cover. See the email for details; the idea is to arrange some painting parties in October.

Not the shed, just a shed

Bio Blitz at the apiary

A bio-blitz is a short, sharp but thorough study and recording of all flora and fauna of an environment. Typically done over a 24-hour period, we’re doing a shortened version just on Saturday morning, but including checking some traps set up the evening before. It’s a way of identifying and recording the biodiversity of a habitat, and giving us a much greater understanding of the ecology of our apiary.

Varroa Treatment

It's that time of the years again. Varroa treatment after honey harvest is highly recommended to reduce the mite load going into autumn when the bees are trying to raise healthy bees that will be resident over winter. Treatments are available at reasonable cost and per hive quantities from Brian at the apiary on Sundays (except 3rd Sunday in the month).

apiguard

Honey Show 2016

Annual honey show coming up very soon, Bank Holiday Monday at Headstone Manor. Just about time to get last minute entries in to the Harrow in Leaf secretary at time of writing. Volunteers still needed, especially for setup and clearing after on the last list circulated. Members can also sell honey. Volunteers or honey sales, see the recent email circulations and contact Salmaan asap.

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