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).

B.E.E Fayre – Bee Awareness Day

Posted on: July 19th, 2015 by
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B.E.E Fayre – Bee Awareness Day

Enys House and Gardens

Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9LB

Tel 01326 259885

Sunday 09 August 2015

11am to 5pm

People who are visiting the Gardens will have additional entry to the House and BEE Fayre free of charge within the standard Garden Admission Fee of £5 per person.

Enys House is set in beautiful grounds and gardens of undulating wooded countryside with a lake and walled orchard within which the native Dark Bee is being nurtured by beekeeper and  bee authority Rodger Dewhurst of www.gwenenapiaries.com.

Enys is particularly well known for the amazing display of bluebells in the Spring. http://www.enysgardens.org.uk/

The House will be filled with stands selling everything from Honey and Honey Comb, Beeswax Candles, Honey Soap and Cosmetics, Mead and Mead tasting, Bee Gifts including Jewellery, Textiles and Crockery, Bee Books, Beekeeping Clothing and Beekeeping Equipment.

There will be informative short lectures, PowerPoint presentations and plenty of interesting hands on activities for children and adults alike along with a Museum area.

Free leaflets and information will be readily available with knowledgeable beekeepers on hand to answer questions.

A  fun packed Bee Loving Day for the whole family where we hope people will take away a sense of knowing much more about the bee species which frequent our gardens, what a beekeeper has to do when tending the bees and may be encouraged to take up beekeeping themselves.

• Virtual Hive

• Learn about the bee research being undertaken by the

  Exeter University just on our doorstep

• Bee creative activity area for children

• Pretend to be a beekeeper for the day!

• A Raffle with wonderful hampers and prizes

• Café Tea Room

A  Charitable event with funds generated to be shared amongst – Enys Gardens, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Bees for Development and Bees Abroad of which Brian Sherriff is Patron.

We are very fortunate to be able to hold our event in the House and Gardens of Enys Estate and our thanks go to Wendy Fowler for allowing us to do this.

For further information or if you would like to volunteer on the day, provide a Raffle Prize or give a short talk please email BJ Sherriff: mail@bjsherriff.com

2015 Cornwall Beekeeping Convention – A Bit of a Do

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by
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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.

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

Youtube Video of Bees Building Comb

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by
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A time lapse photography film, very entertaining.