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).
The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides published it’s final paper at the beginning of October following a two year review of over 800 peer reviewed papers by 29 leading international scientists. All the results are available at www.tfsp.info
Some excellent films on the issues surrounding the use of neo-nicotinoids have recently been released on youtube
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.
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.