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