SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #46:  26th March 2017

Fracking, Does it Affect Bees or Beekeepers? Monday 27th March.

On 27 March Peter Allen, retired beekeeper from Wass, outlines the potential impact of fracking in Ryedale on bees, beekeeping and the environment. 7 pm in the Education Block, St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Members £1 non members £2.50. Includes tea, coffee and biscuits. This is the last in our 2017 series of Winter Meetings.

Asian Hornet in Scotland !

The BBKA has reported that an Asian Hornet has been found in a Retail Warehouse in central Scotland. Because of the threat to bees, beekeepers in Scotland have been advised to be on the alert and have been provided with hornet traps. If there is time at our meeting on 27th March we will discuss what action we should take here. More info.

Summer Programme Dates.

Starting 8th July. The outline programme of 2017 Summer Events is here. By popular demand the Barbecue is back along with the Heather Picnic and two visits to apiaries. In addition a possible wax workshop is under discussion. Details of venues will follow but do get the dates in your diary now.

Training Programme.

Our training programme for new and learning beekeepers will begin on Saturday 8th April and will take place every Saturday from then until 10th June. Each session will take place at the Scarborough Association's Apiary and will begin at 2.00 and last up to two hours. The sessions aim to include hive manipulation, inspection of the brood, checks for disease, queen identification and marking, swarm control and colony splitting and harvesting. The precise content of each session will depend on the stage of development and condition on the day of the five colonies that we currently have. Trainees will have plenty of time to work with the bees themselves, under supervision. Bee suits will be available to borrow for each session but if you would like to borrow one you must let the Trainer know in advance. Details of the Venue and Trainers will be sent to those who have expressed an interest. If you would like to come to some sessions but don't know if you are on the list let me (MICK) know by reply to this email. Note that we provide training free of charge for members.

Bee Sting Allergies, the slides.

Dr Mathew Helbert's talk at our last meeting attracted a lot of interest with 40 people coming along including a number from the Ryedale Branch. Mathew has kindly let us have the slides he used. These are attached and will also be available on our website here.

  

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association


SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #45:  10th March 2017

Bee Sting Allergies, Monday 13th March.

On Monday 13th March we have been fortunate to get a special guest speaker. Dr Mathew Helbert, who was until recently a clinical immunologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary, (although he does live in Yorkshire) will be talking about this very important subject. Some of us will know of beekeepers who have suffered reaction to bee stings and we know that allergies can develop after years of apparent immunity. This means we all need to be well informed about the risks and remedies. Plenty of time for questions and discussion. 7 pm in the Education Block, St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Members £1 non members £2.50. Includes tea, coffee and biscuits..

Training Programme Begins, Saturday 8th April.

Our training programme for new and learning beekeepers will begin on 8th April and continue through to mid June. Details will be sent to those who have expressed an interest shortly.

Does Fracking Affect Bees? (or Beekeepers)?

On 27 March Peter Allen, retired beekeeper from Wass, outlines the potential impact of fracking in Ryedale on bees, beekeeping and the environment.

YBKA rejects Sub Regions.

The Bradford proposal to create four sub regions in Yorkshire was rejected by the YBKA Delegate Meeting on 25th February. We voted for it in line with the views expressed by our members. (Many thanks to those members who did give us their view).The vote was six branches in favour and twelve against, with four not present. The YBKA is to set up a working group to look at ways of improving the way it is run. The good news is that the YBKA Treasurer reported that finances are sound and there will be no need to increase subscriptions this year.

Wax for Sale.

A retired local bee keeper has 4lbs of wax which he would like to trade for honey. If you are interested contact Robert Patterson direct at robertpatter@btinternet.com.

  

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #44:  15th February 2017

Bee Characteristics and Breeding, Monday 27 February.

Talk by our President Dr. Henry Kaye on strains of bees and breeding for characteristics. Henry always has a good tale to tell so don't miss this chance to hear him and ask questions. 7 pm in the Education Block, St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Members £1 non members £2.50. Includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

Swarm Collectors.

The BBKA is updating the list of swarm collectors which goes on their national website. Seven of our members are currently on the list. If you would like to be added to the list please let me know and provide the following:- your BBKA Membership Number, postcode, email address, phone number/s. Also, if you want to come off the list please tell me. You'll stay on forever if you don't.

Sub Regions for the YBKA?

Bradford Branch has started a discussion on whether the Yorkshire Association should be divided into four smaller geographical areas for the purposes of organising local events and representation at the BBKA Annual Policy Conference. This would be a big change with potential benefits for a remote branch like ours but maybe disadvantages too. The case that Bradford make is attached. The proposal will be discussed at the YBKA Delegate Meeting on 25 Feb, where each branch gets a vote. If approved it would go on for further discussion and a final decision at the YBKA Annual General Meeting on 25 November. This is open to all individual members and each member present gets a vote. The Scarborough Branch Committee will have to decide how to cast the Scarborough vote on 25th Feb so it would be a great help if you could send any views that you have to me.

Demaree slides.

Sally Fairweather has kindly provided the slides she used for her excellent presentation on the Demaree swarm control method. They are attached in both Word and Powerpoint..

  

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #43:  2nd February 2017

The Demaree swarm control method. Monday 13th February.

The thing about dealing with swarming is that there is no avoiding it and, whatever method you choose you must have your plan and necessary kit in place before swarming starts. The Demaree method is a well tried system which has some great merits, is not too complicated and can be done with basic kit. We are lucky to have Sally Fairweather coming over from Malton to describe the method and talk about her experiences using it. As she says, learning this method at a YBKA course enabled her to move on from being a beekeeper who just tries to keep the bees alive to one who actually tries to do something with them; so there's hope for all of us.

Programme Dates Change.

If you are concentrating you'll have noticed that the Demaree talk mentioned above is on a different date to that in the published programme. It has been swapped with Henry Kaye's talk on strains of bees and bee rearing which is now on 27th February. The revised programme is attached.

Annual Dinner at the Downe Arms, Saturday 18th February.

It's filling up. We can still get a few more in but this is the last call. Let me know ASAP if you have not yet booked but would like to come. £10 deposit. Menu attached.

January YBKA Newsletter.

It's attached and can also be viewed on line. This edition includes features on queen rearing, neonicotinoids, bee biology and fracking as well as useful dates, adverts, courses and events. Unfortunately this is the last Newsletter to be produced by Chris Hardy who I think has done a great job.

  

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #42:  19th January 2017

All About Kit, Monday 30th January.

A great chance for new beekeepers to find out what the options are for equipment they will need. We'll be showing basic examples  of hives and frames, beesuits, gloves and tools, extraction equipment etc. and discussing some of the alternative options.  Our panel of experts will be ready to answer any questions (well most questions). This is the time to be thinking about what to aquire, not when your bees are arriving - or departing. We are also very keen for those of you who have made your own adaptations or cunning devices to bring them along and show the rest of us. Everyone will be interested in these so have a think about what you've got and bring it. Portability is an issue though so no warming cabinets made from chest freezers please.

Books, Books, Books.

If you want some reading on beekeeping to while away the dark nights there is plenty to choose from; hundreds, probably thousands.  The BBKA website has reviews of some of the most recent. There are some very in depth and technical publications, which are fascinating, and expensive, while for the beekeeping beginner a relatively simple basic practical guide is sometimes more useful, such as Beekeeping; a practical guide, by Roger Patterson, Keeping Bees by Vivian Head, or something with a bit of humour like Bill Turnbull's Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper. A sense of humour is essential for beekeeping. However, before you splash out, why not have a look at some of the books in our association library. You can borrow any of the books in it for as long as you like, or until someone else wants it, for free. There are 80 publications, the list is attached or can be found on our website. If you want to borrow anything, or would like to look through what we've got, let me know.

Annual Dinner at the Downe Arms, Saturday 18th February.

It's filling up. We can still get a few more in but this is the last call. Let me know ASAP if you have not yet booked but would like to come. £10 deposit. Menu attached.

Spring Conference in York, Saturday 25th March.

This is an annual event run by the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association and usually provides a very enjoyable and informative day out. There is a full programme of talks. The one that catches my eye this year is 'Flying with Bees – showing how bees aviate, navigate and communicate.' The programme and booking form are attached. This is the nearest 'grand event' by a long way so if you'd like to see what these kind of do's are like this is the one to try. The price of £25 includes refreshments and a decent lunch.

  

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association