Api Bioxal varroa treatment

Brian has stocks at the HBKA apiary of the only UK approved oxalic treatment. Oxalic can be used for varroa treatment at other times of year, but is the only realistic choice over winter. Price is competitive with other suppliers and there is no post to pay. Pack size is 35g, which should treat at least 10 hives. If you have fewer hives, making up a pack to share with a neighour would cut the cost. Below are links including manufacturer's leaflets.

Beekeeper's Year

A summary table by Rod Parker has been added of suggested items to check through the year month by month. A description appears in Rod's latest Forager.

Smartphone for Christmas?

You might not have noticed the HBKA events list on this web site is a google calendar. You can subscribe to it in an electronic diary on your phone, tablet or PC. HBKA events appear alongside the diary entries you add yourself.

Not only that but if there is a valid location for the event, like the Federation day in Arkley, you can link through to map and sat nav functions on your phone without even having to enter the postcode.

SE Regional Forum

The forum is a recent addition to the National Bee Unit communications run by out Regional Bee Inspector Julian Parker. Moira went from HBKA and made notes on the day. Topics covered included the new NBU organisation, monitoring of imports and this year's foul brood totals. One aim is to recruit a network of Association volunteers to be known as Bee Health Advisors, as a local point of contact for less experienced members. Disease updates covered SHB, Asian hornet and DWV.

National Honey Show

Entries close soon. A first or second in the Harrow Show should consider emtering at least the Middx county sections. See Jo at the apiary on Sunday 4th October, Harrow members can help by delivering and collecting your entries. Three day event includes one of the best lecture programmes in the country with international speakers, a trade show with many suppliers offering discounts and an education program with bookable sessions on many bee topics. See diary entry and links for details.

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