Introductory Beekeeping Course

The first day of our two Introductory Course was Saturday 6th, it seemed to go very well with 31 attendees, I was worried the room at the Tythe barn Horsham would be too small but it was fine and all went well. The day went well because we had plenty of willing volunteers, it makes all the difference.

Unfortunately the fickle weather let us down for the afternoon at the apiary with 8C and drizzling, despite the weather most stayed well into the afternoon and were not too disappointed that the bees were not touched. There was plenty of tapping with frame making and plenty of smoke around with lighting smokers, also a table with hive parts being explained.

I would like to thank all the helper’s that gave their time to make the day run smoothly.

Let’s hope for better weather for the second day 13th April.

Melvyn

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The West Sussex Convention yesterday 23rd February 2019

The West Sussex Convention was excellent yesterday. Clive de Bruyn’s two lectures, one on queen rearing and the other one on beekeeping mistakes (more like useful tips) were very well received by all, Dr Martin Bencsik colony activity with accelerometer sensors, may be useful research but won’t change the way we keep bees. Adam Leitch his main lecture was about the study of pollen in honey, I think we all wonder what our bees have been foraging on, Adam’s other lecture was an Asian Hornet update was very informative if not alarming at times with a simulation of where we could be in 10 years if do nothing now.Unfortunately you cannot see all the lectures, the ones I missed were experiments with Skep beekeeping, BBKA exam system, Mead making and Wings, Stings and other things under the microscope. Shame that just a few Central Sussex members went along.

. Here is a photo of Clive de Bruyn with his array of props.

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Apiary meeting 16th February 2019

Today (16th Feb) was our second meeting of 2019. Cleaning equipment and tidying up the sheds. Our dirty bee suits were bagged up ready for a visit to the cleaners. Members will be able to identify the apiary team as they have some smart colourful new suits now! Phill is officially part of the apiary team now.
We were treated to two cakes today a lemon drizzle and walnut cakes, to avoid any embarrassment we had to have a piece of each!
The bees look fine at the moment, the level of stores look good, the colony that had the slab of fondant have used some of it and today were tucking in well, see photo. The other photo is one of the other colonies and is looking good I would say, the weather was cool and misty so not a lot of flying today.
Hope to see plenty of you at the West Sussex Convention next Saturday the 23rd Feb, tickets are going fast so contact Chris for yours now wsbkaconvention@gmail.com

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Frame with eggs

CSBKA Blog January 2019

Welcome to the first blog in our news section of our website.

We will keep you up to date with what has been happening at our weekly apiary meetings (starting in April, weather dependant) and at our other meetings and events. Also, any items of interest will appear here too with up to date tips that may help you and your bees.

Our first apiary meeting of the year was on Saturday 12th January the agenda for the morning was to discuss Varroa treatments with an option to use Oxalic acid by vaporizing, cleaning and sterilizing some donated equipment, checking our stock of frames/foundation and the disposable gloves and most importantly to check the bee’s stores.

There was a very good turnout and enjoyed a good chat of course while doing the chores, Dennis came along and talked us through his latest project, which should appear in the next Buzz, he also brought along some of Theresa’s lovely cake!

I have included a photo with some eggs in the cells, just to keep your eyes accustomed to seeing eggs, I thought twice about putting a photo with a queen!

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Richard's apiary

Visit to Richard’s Apiary

Saturday September 29th meeting was at our member Richard’s yard: it was a lovely dry sunny morning, a bit cool, members started to arrive and it was clear some parking management was needed as he was expecting half a dozen members. Wrong! I didn’t count how many came but a good number didn’t want to miss this great opportunity. A few at a time had a look at his extracting set up, the rest came to the storage barn to play with the wax, Richard donated a huge heavy block of lovely clean wax, I’m afraid I ruined it by attacking it with a hammer, we cleaned some of Elaine’s capping’s and used the large block of wax to mould some figures for the show. We then had refreshments on a large lawn in front of the house in the warm sunshine.

When the extracting tours had finished Richard asked if anyone wanted to see some of his bees. Yes, please! A group started trekking through the woods. I tidied up in the barn, filled my car up with the wax kit and caught up with the group. We kept walking and thought we can’t see any hives, yet, until we came to a lovely, sun-drenched, sheltered clearing in the woods.

Richard told us about his bees and a few stories later, he said: “Do you want to see some more?” Yes, please, and we strolled off through the woods again to another field to see a large row of hives. Some had come back from the New Forest Heather. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning. He had a reminder that his dinner was due, so we thanked him, some purchased some honey. Thank you, Richard, for inviting us.

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