January: Thursday 7th and 14th (between 10.00-12.00)
February Thursday 4th and 18th (between 10.00-12.00)
March Thursday 4thand 18th (between 10.00-12.00)
I’d like to remind you that all equipment needs to be ordered prior to 9pm the day before you collect it, and you need to be guided by Frank whilst maintaining distancing protocols. The sale of bee equipment is classed as an essential purchase by the Government so travelling to collect your purchase is within the current Lock Down rules. However, great care must now be taken to ensure everyone’s safety and I can’t thank Frank and Keith enough for ensuring that this service is still available to our members.
Manchester and District Beekeepers’ Association has been awarded for the 6th Year running by the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government the prestigious Green Flag for Community Groups. This is awarded in recognition of the hard work the volunteers have done to support the environment and educate the public.
The association is reopening the Equipment Store for sales from 19/06/2020 onwards each Thursday between 10.00am and 12.00pm.
To ensure that everyone remains safe members are asked to follow the following guidance:
Contact Information in case of pick up problems:
Before pick up due date: 0743 462 7139 (please leave a text rather than a voice mail if the phone is not answered)
During pick up time: 0743 462 7139 (please leave a text rather than a voice mail if the phone is not answered)
This letter is being sent to the Secretary of all Area Associations and Branches for you to distribute to your members.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The impact of the Coronavirus could not have been foreseen but the BBKA is working hard to support members. We regret that all the BBKA training courses at Stoneleigh have been cancelled, this includes the Healthy Hive training, General Husbandry and Advanced husbandry training. The Exam Board have cancelled the Module Exams, the Assessor Training and will be publishing information on the Healthy Hive and Basic Exams.
We are suggesting that Beginners courses and other Branch or Association organised training courses are postponed. It is important to keep the health of members at the front of our minds. It may be possible to deliver some aspects of these courses online. I would welcome suggestions as to the best way this could be achieved ; possibly some Associations have information that they would be prepared to share. We can post some ideas on our website so please share any that you think may help.
I am sure younger members of groups will support older members or those confined through association with family etc who have the virus by offering to check hives in out apiaries, making sure they are upright, have food and the bees are flying could be very helpful. Please follow the Government guidelines, we are asked to avoid social contact and unnecessary travel. This will mean considering carefully the swarm collection service and applying appropriate safeguards.
I have contacted Defra for advice on the position of beekeepers visiting their bees if the country moves into a more intensive ‘lock down’. At the moment bees will be considered as livestock and can be tended accordingly but we are following Government advice and need to address possible future directions. I have also been in contact with Alpha and the All Party Parliamentary Group and I am writing to the Minister of Environment asking about the position of beekeepers visiting bees I have also suggested that should there be a sugar shortage beekeepers have an allowance ( as I believe they had in the war). This may seem extreme but we need to be thinking now, just in case.
There are actions that the beekeeper can take to give their bees the best chance of survival and the most important is to feed them. Ensure they have plenty of food for any inclement weather, we can have snow in May and cold wet weather at any time may mean they starve. If you are concerned about visiting your bees put fondant above your supers, the bees will use it if they need it. If you do not have fondant then use syrup even if you have one or two supers on. They may move it to the supers which would mean you can’t sell it as honey but you will still have your bees and also food for the Autumn/Winter. We do not know how long this severe situation will last.
We will endeavour to give more information through our website and BBKA social media. Beebase will also be posting information.
I hope this situation passes quickly and is not as severe as is now being portrayed.
This is a new short course (4 hours). It is suitable for anyone who is interested in bees, (including honeybees) pollinating insects and their interaction with plants. The main focus will be on the most common UK bees / pollinators, what they need to thrive; the plants which they rely on and how these can be used as part of a bee and people friendly garden.
Little or no prior knowledge is needed. We hope that it will be fun as well as helping to address the issue of what each one of us can do to help prevent our pollinators face extinction.
This course is not intended for those who have decided to become or are beekeepers. It does not address the skills or knowledge that are required to maintain a honeybee colony.
FIND OUT MORE: https://www.mdbka.com/basic-beekeeping-training/
The latest information on the Asian Hornet please read the following link:
An Asian hornet sighting was confirmed in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire on 2 September 2019. This is the first report since July, when a single hornet was confirmed in New Milton, Hampshire. In each case they were spotted and reported by a member of the public.
Further information can be found on the following link.: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-uk-sightings-in-2018?fbclid=IwAR1qP9Jlic5lu5uIWmo0pmp09_V57TcbcGkqzQWyUQ1kilmLmI-ciczJDM8
If you discover one please follow the protocol in the link above to report it.
I could be coming your way – are you ready?
We are asking everyone to be vigilant in looking out for this alien species, the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina. This hornet could decimate our pollinators including our honey bees, it is important to have everyone actively looking for it.
For more information can be found on the following link: http://www.mdbka.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Mailing-for-ER2-v2.pdf
Heaton Park honey can be purchased at The Dower House in Heaton Park on Sundays from 12:00Hrs to 15:00Hrs (winter opening) and 12:00Hrs to 16:00Hrs (Summer Opening). It can also be purchased on a Thursday between 10:00 and 12:00.
We regret that at present the Stable Cafe are not stocking our honey and hope this will change in the near future.