Wednesday, the 20th May, at 7:30pm is our next branch meeting. We will be going ahead and holding the meeting, but rather than physically getting together we will be using the Zoom video conferencing app.

We though it would be nice for members to ask questions and get answers on any bee issues they may be experiencing, or just to ask advice on what to do under the current circumstances.

We would like to gather any questions prior to the meeting so that our panel of experts can answer them in a more manageable way on the night. If you have a question please use the Contact form and select Contact the Branch Secretary from the drop down. I can then collate them and get them to our panel.

The Zoom app is available for most operating systems. You can get it from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store or by visiting the Zoom website, https://zoom.us/

When you install it you do NOT need to setup an account if you are only joining a meeting someone else has setup.

If you have any questions about using the Zoom app please ask and if you want to do a test run let me know via the same contact form and I'll see if I can setup a session for you.

I will send out the Zoom invitation with all the details in prior to the meeting and hope to see you on the 20th.

Keep safe and well,

Martin


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  • Starvation Alert
    10 August 2020
    Bee Inspectors across the UK are reporting that many colonies are in need of food where honey has been harvested and nectar availability is reduced. Where starvation is a risk, replacement food needs to be provided.

    Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. Sugar syrup should be made with 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water or a commercially ready-made bee syrup can be given.

    For further information, please see the Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar
  • This week (13-19 July) is Bees’ Needs Week
    10 July 2020
    Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign co-ordinated by Defra to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and to provide practical advice on what we can all do to support them. Many organisations are working together to encourage everyone who can, to do simple things at home - like growing more flowers and cutting grass less often - to help our precious pollinators thrive, and to engage further with nature through citizen science initiatives.
    There’s more information on the Bees’ Needs Website. Throughout the week a variety of content will be shared online including:
    • Why bees are important animation
    • Day in the life of a beekeeper video
    • Educational resources including bumble bee identification
    • Information on the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
    Get involved with Bees’ Needs Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BeesNeeds
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    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
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    Asian Hornet Genetics
    European foulbrood

    The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
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