David has agreed to give us a talk at the January meeting at Arnold.
The newer beekeepers may not know of David. He is a retired bee inspector and an honorary members of NBKA. He has done many interesting things in his lifetime. Of particular interest to beekeepers is the time he spent with Brother Adam as a young man. The newer beekeepers may not have heard of Brother Adam either. Better Google him but, in short, he was a monk who bred bees at Buckfast Abbey and is responsible for breeding the Buckfast hybrid bee. This happened at the time that many native bees were wiped out by Isle of Wight disease.
Do come along and enjoy an interesting talk by David on the 6th January.
If you want a little preview click here
Membership is due to be renewed at the end of December. Membership details are now on the new Er2 Membership database and renewals will be online.
In December you will receive an email with a link to your membership form. There is a drop down choice for the membership category and a box to add additional colonies for BDI cover.
When you have submitted your form you will receive details of how to pay your membership fee. Many of you pay by standing order at the beginning of January. That is great, you can ignore the payment information.
It is necessary to complete the online form as well as make your payment to renew your membership.
We do not have a complete list of Associate and Family Members on the database so if you fall into these categories please contact me directly Janet Bates.
More details of the categories click here.
Basic Certificate Success
Seven of our members took the basic assessment in the summer and all have passed with credit.
Well done to:
Glenis Swift, Glynis Storer,Shirley Wragg, Gill Dodd, Phil Rawson, Steve Barton, Brian Parton
Certificates and badges will be presented at the Nottinghamshire AGM in February
If you will have kept bees for one year by next summer then you are eligible to come along to the practical sessions and take the certificate next spring/summer.
BBKA Module Exams
The latest sitting of the module exams was on 9th November.
The groups will now be moving onto the next modules.
One group will be studying for Module 8 (which has to be taken after all the other modules have been taken), the other group will be studying for module 2. You can take the modules in any order (apart from the last one-8) so you can start at module 2.
Contact me if you are interested in coming to a study group.
EFB to remain a notifiable disease.
There was a rumour that EFB (European Foul Brood) may be removed from the list of notifiable diseases. We have had a communication from DEFRA stating that EFB is to remain on the list of notifiable diseases.
The other notifiable diseases are AFB (American Foul Brood), Small hive beetle and Tropilaelaps.
If you think you have found a notifiable disease in a colony then reassemble the hive. Reduce the entrance to prevent robbing. Put a voluntary standstill on your apiary and inform the local bee inspector and your local secretary.
Your help, please, if you keep bees in post codes: DE75 7; DE11 9; NG10 5; WS15 2/1
BeeMaster- the monthly Newsletter of NBKA is emailed monthly to all members. If you are a member and have not been receiving your email copy then it may be that we do not have your correct email address. Please send your correct email address- either to Penny or to Janet and we will update our records.
BBKA NEWS- again if you think you are a member of NBKA and therefore of BBKA and have not been receiving the monthly BBKA News by post then contact me- Janet
Asian Hornet Threat 2019 and AHATs
Two nests have been destroyed near Christchurch, Hampshire. It was predicted that there would be incursions of the Asian Hornet into the UK in 2019. Last year there were 8,000 reported sightings although obviously most of these were false alarms.
It is likely that the resources of the NBU Bee Inspectors will be overwhelmed if more than 3 or 4 sightings occur at the same time.
In conjunction with the NBU local BKAs are forming Asian Hornet Action Teams (AHATs) to increase the resources available to support the bee inspectors. Their role will be to confirm sightings/photos/place traps locally/watch for flight lines.
The Association AHATS must quickly become an important reserve on which the NBU can rely to keep outbreaks under control.
The Midlands are coming together for the purpose and Sam Hampton is a coordinator of the larger group.
Destruction of nests will be carried out by pest control operators.
It is important to report any suspected sightings of this species as soon as possible. Find out how to identify Asian hornet by downloading an Identification Guide, or visit the BeeBase website.
Yellow legs and a mostly black body are key features.
Note that the AH nests in the UK have not been as large as those found in France.
Ideally photographs and/or a specimen should also be obtained.
Sightings must be reported to the NNSS Non-native species secretariat. email@example.com
Any foundress queens that have escaped from nests last year will be about in spring.
The AHAT coordinator for NBKA is Penny Forsyth
See BeeMaster for more AHAT information.
For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167
Nottinghamshire Beekeepers Association AGM
The AGM was poorly attended despite Alison having secured an interesting speaker and many people having worked hard to make it a good meeting. There were only 14 ordinary members of NBKA present the rest-18 were Council members or their family.