October’s News

The winter programme of meetings started on Sunday 8th October when the Scottish Beekeepers Association touring lecture was given by Tony Harris, NBD, a bee farmer based on the Moray coast where he manages 150 hives for honey production and the sale of queens and nuclei.

Dru Hatcher, Chair, welcomed Tony, members and their friends along with members from Ayr Beekeepers and South of Scotland Beekeepers. It was great to see such a good turnout.

Tony’s topic was Queen Rearing and Selection. He has been selecting and rearing local queens on the Moray coast for several years and shared, in some detail, his experience in selecting queens to breed from, his queen rearing set up and the use of mini mating hives. Tony also emphasised the importance of healthy drones in the equation. There were lots of questions which demonstrated an interest in this topic which is important to all beekeepers.

Mary Pattison, Vice Chair, thanked Tony for sharing his experience and the beekeepers who had travelled a distance to support the lecture.

There was an opportunity for lots of “bee chat” over a cuppa and a beautiful spread laid on by the members.

The next meeting will be on Monday 30th October at Glenluce Bowling Club starting at 7pm. This will be the AGM, which will include a summary of the year past and plans for the year ahead, and all members and anyone interested in beekeeping will be welcomed. This will be followed by a talk by Martin Donaldson on how technology can be used to monitor beehives.

 

Autumn/ Winter Schedule 17/18

Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 – dates for your diary

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September – Scottish Beekeepers Convention – Ayr Racecourse

Not to be missed!!  For more information see              info@sbaconvention.co.uk

Sunday 17th September – deadline for applications for SBA module exams

Sunday 8th October at 7pm, Glenluce Bowling Club – SBA Lecture Tour Speaker

Speaker – Tony Harris, NDB, a bee farmer based on the Moray coast in Scotland, UK, where he manages 150 hives for honey production and the sale of queens and nuclei.  Tony is a Scottish Expert Beemaster and he holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) qualification. He teaches beekeeping at all levels and gives presentations and lectures to community and beekeeping groups on all matters relating to bees, beekeeping and the environment. He is a previous secretary of the Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA), a qualified Scottish Honey Judge, a British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Correspondence Course tutor and a regular contributor to beekeeping publications in the UK and abroad.

Tony’s topic – Queen Rearing and Selection

Tony has been selecting and rearing local queens on the Moray coast for several years and he will share his experience in selecting queens to breed from, his queen rearing set up and the use of mini mating hives.   

Monday 30th October at 7pm, Glenluce Bowling Club

AGM

followed by WGBA member Martin Donaldson who will tell us about hive monitoring using technology

Monday 6th November – closing date for Honey Show entries – there’s something for everyone!

Saturday 11th November  SBA module exams

Monday 27th November at 7pm (entries to be in place between 6.00pm and 6.30 pm), Glenluce Bowling Club

WGBA Honey Show. Schedule available from any committee member.

Honey judge – Alan Riach, SBA President

Monday 18th December at 7pm, Glenluce Bowling Club

Speaker – Margaret Adams – All Things Pollen                              

and Christmas Social

Mid January – mid March (one evening session per week)

Study groups – SBA Basic Beekeeper and SBA modules

Dates to be arranged depending on demand            

Monday 29th January at 7pm, Glenluce Bowling Club

Hopefully Beekeepers Question time                     

Monday 26th February at 7pm, Glenluce Bowling Club

Speaker to be arranged                                                                       

Monday 26th March at 7pm, Glenluce Bowling Club

 

Speaker to be arranged                               

Autumn News

The summer is well and truly over and it is time to put the bees to bed for the winter. The summer was not kind to the bees, mainly due to the inclement weather much reducing their foraging opportunities. The Rosebay Willowherb was early and passed quickly, then the heather blossomed in the rain! The saving grace might just have been the Himalayan Balsam which is still coming in, and hopefully there will be some good weather for the ivy, the final crop of the season. The bees have managed to bring in some stores but beekeepers will need to ensure that their bees have sufficient stores to see them through the winter – a standard colony requires around 35lb of honey to ensure the survive through to the spring blossoms. Early autumn is a good time to treat Varroa mites to ensure that the mite population is low over the winter.

The beekeepers were delighted to be involved in the RHET Food and Farming days at Lochinch 21st and 22nd September. Around 250 youngsters from Stranraer Academy and Douglas Ewart High School, along with teachers and RHET volunteers, heard all about bees, the beehive, pollination and the waggle dance (and a few joined in the waggle dance!), honey and honey tasting. A brilliant couple of days and a great opportunity to spread the word about how important bees are for the environment and our food supply.

The winter programme of meetings starts Sunday 8th October when the Scottish Beekeepers Association touring lecture will be given by Tony Harris, NBD, a bee farmer based on the Moray coast where he manages 150 hives for honey production and the sale of queens and nuclei.  Tony’s topic will be Queen Rearing and Selection. He has been selecting and rearing local queens on the Moray coast for several years and he will share his experience in selecting queens to breed from, his queen rearing set up and the use of mini mating hives.

This meeting is open to all beekeepers and anyone interested in bees and beekeeping. Glenluce Bowling Club, Glenluce, Sunday 8th October starting at 7pm. All welcome.