Somerset Beekeepers' Association has a brand new website!
With a clean, modern design and optimised to work just as well on mobile devices as well as PCs, it also for the first time integrates all the Divisions' events into a single calendar, which also includes search facilities to find specific events.
A lot of time has been spent working with individual Divisions to make sure all divisional webpages have up-to-date membership information, newsletters, beginners' courses and views of all the divisional events. Also there are regular blogs posted in members news and SBKA newsletters.
We hope you enjoy the new website and visit it regularly. Naturally there will be a few teething problems, so if you spot any errors or problems with the new site, please use the Contact Us page to report problems to our webmaster, Neil Cook.
The programme for the SBKA Lecture Day in 2018 is now here.
Date: Saturday 17th Feb 2018
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: Edgar Hall, 8 Cary Court, Somerton Business Park, Somerton, TA11 6SB
The full programme is attached to this post, and also appears in the online calendar.
SBKA Vice President & Quantock Division Secretary - Ken Edwards - is urging all Somerset beekeepers to check their bees urgently.
In the late Spring the bees did brilliantly! Built up well, had surplus stores and the omens were good. Then the weather changed, and the high population of bees meant that there were a lot of mouths to feed.
Colonies with two full supers just survived by eating most of the honey. Weaker colonies have either died out or are starving.
A number of our members are reporting/asking for advice about bees that are barely moving on empty combs. To help them to recover, make up some 1 : 1 syrup and spray it over the bees with a trigger garden spray. This will help them recover - almost instantly. Also feed the bees with a 1 : 1 (or thicker) syrup.
Be cautious about other bees and wasps robbing your hives.
Keep entrances small, and make sure that your feeders do not leak.
If you need further advice call me on 01278 671544 or email me on our new email address, email@example.com [Please note that our old address of firstname.lastname@example.org is no longer available.]
Reproduced by kind permission of Ken Edwards