We are approaching the half way point through our annual course for new beekeepers. So far students have covered the basics and are gradually building their knowledge and understanding … and most importantly, are beginning to get to know other folk who could be helpful bee buddies in the future.
Everyone has had an opportunity […]
Full story…Beginners course update
On Saturday 7th May a good number of students from the latest course for new beekeepers went to the WDBKA apiary to meet Kevin Pope, SBI.
It was a great opportunity for everyone to watch and learn as Kevin examined each colony to assess the health of the bees.
Thank you to several WDBKA members […]
Full story…Apiary visit for new Beekeepers
The second group of new beekeepers have now made their first visit to the WDBKA apiary.
The weather was warm and bright and the bees were too busy to take much notice! Eggs were spotted and brood in all stages was present for close scrutiny by the students.
An enjoyable afternoon was rounded off with […]
Full story…Apiary visit for new beekeepers
On Saturday 21st June Yeovil BKA hosted a talk on Diagnostic Radioentomology by Mark Greco, an Australi- an academic working at Bath University, where he keeps eleven colonies. The talk was preceded by an excellent and sociable lunch at the Royal Oak in Over Stratton. (Before you ask, the title means studying insects using a […]
Full story…Lecture by Mark Greco at Yeovil BKA
Our course for new beekeepers is well underway. A variety of topics are covered during the evening theory meetings, held at Netherbury Village Hall, delivered by a team of WDBKA members who are all experienced beekeepers. Students have already considered the merits of different hives, frames and foundation. Protective clothing and basic equipment, siting an […]
Full story…Course for new beekeepers is well underway!
Zest hive frames can be made from plastic
Report of talk by Bill Summers on “Beekeeping with Zest”, at the United Reform Church, Bridport. Feb 2013
Bill and his technical sidekick Dave Durrant began by explaining that the concept of Zest (Zero Energy SusTainable) beekeeping began with a need to provide cheap, bamboo hives […]
Full story…Beekeeping with Zest
In one of our winter talks Richard Ball, retired NBI, delivered an informative lecture sharing his thoughts and experience regarding the importance of effective queen rearing for all beekeepers.
Richard began by urging us all to improve our stocks, for which good husbandry is the key. If we beekeepers each year selected our best […]
Full story…Queens: Chance or Choice? Talk by Richard Ball Rtd NBI