BBKA Forum

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by
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On Saturday the 13th September at the BBKA Forum the attached presentation by Professor Dave Goulson of Sussex University was given. It is a very readable summary of the neonicotinoid pesticide issue and the current status of debate.

Sussex Beekeepers

National Pollinator Strategy

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

BOAD 2014

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by
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Boad poster

Programme details and the booking form are now available. Workshops need to be booked in advance this year, so make sure you get your application form in early!

South Devon Beekeepers Convention 2014

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by
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Date: Oct 18, 2014
Venue: The Ariel Centre, King Edward VI Community College, Totnes
Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Event Details:

The varied programme includes a selection of fascinating talks by well-known and nationally-renowned speakers, a comprehensive Book Stall plus Equipment and Trade Stands. There will be time for your own questions and an opportunity to meet your fellow beekeepers over a Ploughman’s Lunch.
Speakers booked to date include Dr Michael Keith-Lucas, Celia Davies and Chris Park. Full details of our speakers will be available shortly, along with the titles of their talks. You won’t be  disappointed!

Tickets Adults £15 Under-18s £5 Lunch (optional) £5

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This is a real opportunity to increase your understanding of this ancient and increasingly important rustic craft. We look forward to sharing experiences with you.

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  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.