The WVBKA pre-Xmas lunch will be on Saturday 7th December at The Olde Salutation Inn, Weobley, Herefordshire HR4 8SJ
(Tel No 01544 318443)
As the apiary meetings have been so successful this summer and we now have the excellent Lodge to use we are proposing keeping your interest in bee-keeping going over the winter with a few relevant topics. What we are planning are 4 sessions between now and when the bees get active again. These sessions will have a specific theme or themes and will be led as a discussion rather than a lecture. The leadership of the sessions is open to any member who wants to take on the facilitator role and will require some background investigation by the leader who will introduce the topic and all of us attending the meeting. It would be best if everyone reads up a little about the topics in advance so that participation is good and that way we will all learn more. This is a new venture for us and we will see how we get on over this winter and decide if this style of meeting can work.
The future dates we are planning are:
Friday 22nd November
Friday 24th January
Friday 28th February
The next session is at 17:30 on the 22nd of November. The topic will be pollen and there will be hands on use of microscopes for pollen identification as well as discussion. The idea is that everyone does their own research so we can all add to the discussion, so have a look into pollen, how the bees select it, collect it, store it and use it. We could also explore how we might collect it and use it, and consider whether we should take it from the bees.
If anyone has a compound microscope they could bring for the evening that would be greatly appreciated.
The Apiary Team
See the link below for a summary of the various varroa treatments available as compiled by Peter Woodward