The Newsletter of the North Devon Branch of the
British Beekeepers Association
has so far been a warm autumn; there is plenty of ivy pollen and nectar being brought
into the hives. In the middle part of the day the bees are working very
keenly, especially if the sun is shining. Make sure your mouse guards are in
place, Apiguard can come out now, but if you are feeding
syrup keep feeding as long as the bees will take it. Oxalic Acid
treatment for Varroa will be used in November. It is very promising to see so
many hives at our Apiary going into the winter with strong colonies. Who knows what
the winter will bring.
Big plans are being laid for the future of the Apiary and of the Branch. There is
much talk, many ideas, a lot of enthusiasm. So think about it, beekeepers. Come
along to our meetings, give us your own ideas and take your part in the
shaping of 2006. We need to hear what you have in mind. There is
everything to gain and with care, much to our advantage and interest. Apathy
belongs to the past!
|Apiary Managers report:
House will soon be ready and awaiting the first crop of the new season. Bitz4Bees
our shop is just about up and running, and still so much more to do and plan for it.
Numbers of members attending each week has risen; we have a mammoth parking problem on
our hands, which we are seeking to solve with the help of the farmer who owns the field
across the road.
This month we will establish a new queen rearing area, clearing the undergrowth,
leveling it and setting up hive stand bases, to decide on the numbers of Apidea we will
need as mating hives and make space for these by extending the present site.
Maintain the meeting room externally, attempt further refurbishments much needed to the
interior. Although the toilet facilities have been greatly enhanced by having
collected running water, I think even Crocodile Dundee would worry about what might crawl
out of the woodwork, so work is needed here.
As always we will have a happy band of willing workers pulling together to dispel
doubts anyone might have about which is the most progressive branch and the best apiary in
And finally Im sure that all our readers will join me in saying happy birthday to
Alan James whose 90th birthday celebrations were last week
Sue Tait presenting Alan with a picture of
the "Tuesday Gang"
We have kindly
been donated a lovely collection of 'bee' books by Heather Weaver. We are selling
some to boost branch funds and the remainder are to make a very useful and interesting
addition to the branch library. Contact me if you would like an updated list of
available books. I don't want to chase individuals but some books have been on loan for a
long time. I haven't been able to track down 'Practical Beekeeping by Clive de
Bruyn' at all so if it, or any other library books, are languishing on your shelves,
please return them at the AGM in November. Many thanks.
|Last months 100+ winners were Tony
Wright & Beryl Smailes first & second respectively.
|Branch Honey Show:
There is still time
to enter the branch honey show on 5th & 6th November at St Johns
Garden Centre. Please return your entry forms to Beryl as soon as possible it makes
life a lot easier for those of us involved in the administration of the show if we have a
steady stream of entries rather than a rush at the last minute. Contact Beryl for more
forms or have a look on the branch website. We have been allowed more space this year so
we need to fill that space with an impressive number of entries & give the judges
something to do! Entries may be staged either on Friday evening, 4th November from
5.00pm until 7.00pm or on Saturday, 5th November from 8.30am. Judging starts at
10.00am on Saturday. Our Judges this year are David Charles (Honey, Wax,
Photography and Mead) and Stella Burrows (Honey Cookery). Note the
change of Cookery Judge. Volunteers to assist in the stewarding should
report to Tony Wright first. It is going to be a lot of fun, and very
interesting. Even if you are not entering you can still show your support by attending.
|Brians Microscope Corner:
- REAL: An image formed by a mirror or lens at a point through
which the rays of light entering the observers' eye actually pass. This image
can be projected onto a screen.
IMAGE - VIRTUAL - An image seen at a point from which the rays
of light appear to come to the observer, but do not actually do so; e.g. the image in a
mirror. Such an image cannot be projected onto a screen.
* In looking through a microscope there is a tendency to forget that we are looking at
an image of a specimen and not the specimen itself.
|Branch AGM Speaker:
Saturday - 6.30 pm followed by a talk by Dr. Dhafer Benham on "Bagdad
Beekeeping". Dhafer is in charge of Buckfast Abbey beekeeping with about 300 colonies
and he and his family are refugees from Iraq where he worked as a Consultant
Dermatologist. He gave a talk to the DBKA AGM this year and some of us met him when
he visited Horestone Apiary last summer. As usual we will have a shared supper and a
|Talk on Apimondia 2005:
I attended the
Castle Centre meeting on Tuesday 18th October entitled "Apimondia in
Dublin", which turned out to be a double act by Messers Stach & Utting!
What is Apimondia? It is the world international conference on beekeeping, to promote
beekeeping worldwide & it is held every 2 yours in a different country. The first one
was held in Belgium in 1897 & countries vie with each other for the honour of holding
There were 470 scientific papers given, 200 presentations, stands on Apitherapy, stands
with new equipment high density polystyrene hives from Poland which were very cheap
& a fascinating brood box with round frames which rotate using a battery operated
motor, the idea I believe is that it reduces the Varroa count
The Two Ronnies gave an excellent display of photographs, 140 I was informed,
mostly of pretty girls! Well done Chris!
Here are a few snippets of information:
- Slow Paralysis Virus spread by Varroa Destructor is on the increase.
- Small Hive Beetle has spread to North West America but has failed to survive
- Peter Newman of Germany has developed a Small Hive Beetle trap which is a plastic box in
the bottom corner of the brood frame with a slit cover just big enough for SHB to get
through but not back it is attracted to the smell of cider vinegar.
- 95% of honey imported into Germany has AFB spores
The next Apimondia is in Melbourne in Australia in 2007. I am sure that a large
contingent from NDBKA will be going with The Two Ronnies.
The presentation was once again excellent but it would be nice to see more new faces.
These lectures & presentations are for the members and should be better attended.
|Octobers quiz answer was Nectar
|Edited by Marnie Quy.
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