NBKA are planning to have a stand and demonstrate the benefits of bees and beekeeping. Please volunteer to help via any committee member, or Put this in your diary as a fun day out for the family at the best village show in West Gloucestershire!
Our hives are there for several purposes: 1) As a resource for training new beekeepers 2) A place for non-beekeeping members to gain experience 3) To provide honey for the landlord as part of our ‘rent’ 4) To allow members to try out techniques that may not be appropriate at their own apiaries 5) To allow more experienced beekeepers to practice queen rearing 6) To provide a pleasant location to meet and discuss bee experiences
The Apiary has its own equipment and space for activities and about a dozen hives currently.
We depend on regular attendance during the busy season to conduct the club activities and share the load on inspections, training, queen rearing, swarm prevention measures etc. It is also useful to appreciate the benefit of good record keeping when attendees change from week to week.
In addition there is the regular maintenance of the grounds, hives, equipment, and facilities for which rotas are usually organised to share the load.
Can all club members consider ‘doing their bit’ by attending the practical sessions as regularly as possible, and volunteering for the supporting tasks wherever they can. We really do depend on each other to make the club a success and to continue our role in support of pollinators, beekeepers, and would-be beekeepers (our future membership!). The executive committee will really appreciate any support in this.
BeeConnected is a new way of undertaking a long-standing practice: farmers informing beekeepers of an intention to apply an insecticide. To join please create a logon at the BeeConnected website. Farmers can register on the system and then identify a field they are planning to spray with an insecticide by dropping a pin in the on-screen map. Then, using the drop down menus, they simply enter the insecticide they will be using, the crop they are spraying, and the date they are spraying, and a basic notification will be sent out to neighbouring beekeepers registered on the system. Beekeepers can register on the system and simply map the location of their bee hives by dropping a pin in the on-screen map. They will then receive a notification by email when a spray event is due to take place within the vicinity of a hive.