Spring Post

CALLING ALL BEEKEEPERS – please be aware that there has been an outbreak of European Foulbrood in Dumfries. EFB is a notifiable disease and if it is suspected in a hive the beekeeper is legally obliged to report to this to the Bee Inspector.

In light of this outbreak, WGBA has organised a Pest and Diseases session which will be open to ALL BEEKEEPERS with the objective of ensuring we all know what to look for, how to treat and what our legal responsibilities are. This way we can help protect our bees, who need all the help we can give them this year in particular.

The session will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Glen of Luce Hall, Auchenmalg, 11am – 2pm. There will be no charge although there will be then opportunity to make a donation to cover the costs.

On top of that the beekeeping year has been slow to start and losses appear to have been higher than usual – so a tough time for the bees and beekeepers.

In March the winter programme finished with a session on microscopy – an opportunity to see bees under the microscope, and also to spot the signs of diseases such as Acarine and Nosema. There has been discussion about obtaining a microscope for members to use after some training.

The summer apiary visits started at the end of April on a lovely sunny Sunday in the South Rhins. 15 beekeepers gathered outdoors in the sunshine to discuss prevention and control of swarming. In particular the use of bait hives, the nucleus method of swarm control and the Snelgrove method of swarm control, what not to do! and finally swarms and the law. A great session which was followed by lunch and a peek at some bees.

Most of the new beekeepers who attended the winter study group are now working with their mentors and are excited to be working with bees for the first time. The mentors provide fantastic support and help put the theory in to practice.

Plans are formulating for the Local Association entry for the Royal Highland Show honey tent – the 1st prize came to Western Galloway in 2017 so no pressure! Fingers are crossed for that entry and the individual entries that will make their way to Ingliston on 20th June.

The next meeting will be on 3rd June for the Pests and Diseases session