Honey Show, 1st December 2015

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by
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Don’t forget, the 2015 WCBKA Honey Show, 1st December, Passmore Edwards, Hayle. Doors open at 6.45pm and all are welcome whether you are exhibiting or not. There are a number of classes for those who didn’t have honey this year, and you don’t need your own honey for the cookery or photography classes.

Entry Form 2015

West Cornwall Honey Show rules

Rodgers Honey Show tips

Better Beekeeping programme 2015 / 16

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by
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Our Winter programme of Better Beekeeping sessions(formerly called Novice meetings)  is now on the Calendar. Meetings are held at Goldsithney St Piran’s Hall every month.

Anti-Sting Treatment

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by

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

Youtube Video of Bees Building Comb

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