END OF MAIN BEEKEEPING SEASON 2021
As we are approaching the end of the main beekeeping season, it is likely that varroa mite infestation is beginning to peak. Now is the time to think about treatment and we will be purchasing this on behalf of members as usual. In recent years we have used Apistan and Apivar, which are chemical treatments. To avoid the development of varroa resistance to these it is advisable to rotate treatments, so this year we will be using Apiguard, a natural treatment based on thymol. Orders will be submitted at the end of July, so please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you wish to place an order. You will need two trays of Apiguard per hive and a mini-eke to allow space on top of the brood to place the trays - click here to see picture.
For more information about varroa mite infestation and control using Apiguard, please click on best practice for controlling varroa and the APHA guide to varroa to download the articles, here for a link to a useful BeeCraft article and here for information on using Apiguard.
UPDATE FOR 2021 SEASON
Please note that the teaching session at the Apiary on Saturday 10th July
will be a closed session for those completing the beginners course only.
For those people considering joining the Association, membership closes
for 2021 at the end of July as the beekeeping season is by then winding
SPRING 2021 EDUCATIONAL TOPICS
L&DBKA 2021 AGM was held at 4pm on 6th February by Zoom. The minutes can be found on the meetings page.
For swarm collection, please refer to the Suffolk Beekeepers Association website here, there is an interactive map to help locate the closest beekeper who can help.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable on 25th May 2018. It aims to give members of the public control over their personal data held by various organisations. There is no need for members of SCBKA to take any action as far as their membership of the Association is concerned, but we would ask you to read our policy notice here