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APPLE BLOSSOM TIME
Bees on the apple blossom at High House Fruit Farm in Sudbourne.
Photo courtesy Jaco Coetzee (© Jaco Coetzee)
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ON BANK HOLIDAY WE TOOK SOME BEES TO ALDEBURGH...
Leiston Beekeepers' Association was invited to 'pop up' at Little Joules in Aldeburgh on 30 May Bank Holiday Monday to show bees and sell honey, so Penny went along. See more HERE
AND EARLIER THIS YEAR WE VISITED THE SCHOOL FARM AND COUNTRY FAIR 2016
Here we are at the School Farm and Country Fair at Ipswich Show Ground on 21 April, talking to the children about bees and beekeeping. Click HERE for more.
APIARY DAYS 2016
We are trying something different at the apiary this year for the potential beekeepers and complete beginners. Rather than having new people coming along every week, the first Saturday of the month is for the beginners and the rest of the time for improvers. We’d like to try a few things we haven’t done for a while to encourage those of you that have had bees for a couple of years to develop your skills.
For example, we want to try the Demaree method of swarm control as well as Pagden, do a shook swarm as well as a Bailey comb change, raise some queens to sell and help build up the confidence to take the BBKA Basic assessment.
Obviously you can decide which sessions are for you and can come along as often as you like. The more people we have to talk to the beginners the better. We will see how it goes.
Normal times for opening, 2pm for shopping and 2.30pm to open the bees.
Thanks to John Everett and Marks & Spencer, L&DBKA now has a new observation hive. We are delighted with this very generous gift. Look out for it at our forthcoming shows.
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CHECK OUT THE INFOGRAPHIC FROM THE BBKA ON ITS EXAMINATION STRUCTURE. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IN ONE SIMPLE CHART - CLICK HERE OR GO TO 'ARTICLES' PAGE
All the info you need on the Tree Bumblebee (bombus hypnorum) HERE, especially if you collect swarms.
FANTASTIC POLLEN CHART on the Sheffield Beekeepers' website helps you identify the pollen your bees bring in.
(With thanks to Sheffield Beekeepers and also to Bristol Beekeepers for alerting us to it.)
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BEWARE THE ASIAN HORNET! Advice on BeeBase and identification info on NNSS website.
Registered Member £27 (inc optional £1.50 research contribution)
Partner Member (residing at same address as Registered Member) £17.50 (inc optional £1.50 research contribution)
Country Member (supportive but not active) £12 (inc optional £1.50 research contribution)
Junior Member £12 (please call 01728 604388 for further details)
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