2015 Cornwall Beekeeping Convention – A Bit of a Do

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by • Sticky
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2015 ConventionA date for your diaries – and open to all Keepers of Bees!

12th September 2015 at the Burrell Theatre, Truro School, Truro TR1 1TH.
Bookings open on 1st July 2015.
Application forms now available under the Beekeeping Convention tab.

South Devon Convention Programme

Posted on: August 23rd, 2015 by
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The annual South Devon Convention Programme is now finalised for 17th October 2015, at Totnes. Details below:

South Devon Convention Programme

Honey Show Workshop

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by
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Never shown honey or wax before, and would like to know how? Cornwall BKA are running a workshop at Carnon Downs, to which WCBKA are invited. Details below, you need to book a place, as they will be limited.

Honey Show Workshop – September 2015 (2)

Midlands and South West Convention

Posted on: July 25th, 2015 by
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The Midlands and South West Counties Convention (MSWCC) is taking place at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September. The Convention is an opportunity for members to expand their beekeeping knowledge and skills and make new friends. All are welcome from beginners to experienced beekeepers. We have a fascinating range of lectures and workshops being run by national and local experts. There will also be a honey show with an inter-county competition.  The Saturday night gala dinner promises to be a friendly, entertaining evening with the Grand Prize Draw taking place afterwards. Delegates can attend daily or stay at the University to make the most of socialising with other beekeepers.

Full details can be found on our website: www.mswcc.org.uk. The Website is now live. Booking is easy and can be done online through our website or by post. For up to date information we also have a twitter account (@BeeConference).

Anti-Sting Treatment

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by
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Aluminium sulphate solution has long been known to counter insect stings. Unlike antihistamines this treatment is absorbed through the skin and denatures the venom before it has a chance to stimulate a reaction. Until a couple of years ago you could buy a small spray applicator under the name “Stingose” which contained a 20% solution of aluminium sulphate, but this has now been discontinued due to lack of sales. As no other supplier offers this simple remedy I have purchased a supply of aluminium sulphate and will be bringing it along to the January meeting with intructions for making up your own solution (free of charge).


National Pollinator Strategy

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by
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Environmental Audit Committee – Publication of report on National Pollinator Strategy

Making Wax

Posted on: June 15th, 2014 by
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Tish Reid‎ took this photo of wax flakes being secreted from the bee abdomen – this is in an apidea


Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by
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Is the Fera National  Bee Unit website, providing a wealth of information designed to help beekeepers by  providing  free information to assist them look after their bees and keep them healthy.

The recent cases of American Foul Brood in our patch has emphasised the importance of all beekeepers being registered on BeeBase. It has allowed the bee disease inspectorate to know about and visit nearby apiaries. Contact tracing is very important in the event of an outbreak of a notifiable disease. It has also meant that the National Bee Unit can send out alerts to beekeepers in the proximity of any case which will  help them take the necessary action to protect their colonies from disease in their area.

The website itself is a valuable resource containing a wealth of information and advice in the form of the downloadable advisory booklets and  leaflets on diseases and pests, best practice guidelines, and fact sheets on a range of subjects from where to site an apiary to queen rearing. It also contains information about the National Bee Unit, its role and activities.

It is in everyone’s interest for all beekeepers to be registered and this can be done easily by googling BeeBase or by going to http://nationalbeeunit.com  where they can sign up on line and, if necessary, amend their data.

June 2014

CSI Pollen protocol England and Wales

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by
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CSI Pollen protocol England and Wales

About Beekeeping Leaflet

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by
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WCBKA leaflet