The first Asian Hornet of 2019 has been found in the British Isles. A foundress queen hornet emerged from hibernation at St Heliers Bay on the island of Jersey. So it is time when you do your spring inspection to start thinking on the actions that we need to take. To support this the BBKA have a map showing were asian hornets have been sighted and captured. The link is https://www.bbka.org.uk/asian-hornet-incursion-map. Also the latest action plan can be read here https://www.bbka.org.uk/News/blog-latest-on-asian-hornet-2019-plan-drawn-up.
Heaton Park honey is available at the cafe at the Stables in Heaton Park. It is available every day during the opening times. It also 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)
AGM & HONEY SHOW at 10:15 on 2nd March 2019 at The Bowling Pavilion, St. Margaret Road Entrance, Heaton Park, Prestwich M25 2SW.
HONEY SHOW: Staging of exhibits 09:00 – 10:00 – Judging 12:00 after the AGM
As per the constitution the following reports are available electronically on mdbka website (WWW.MDBKA.COM). Please login as a member. Then select “Members” on the bar. On the displayed dropdown select “Association Management”. The 2019 AGM papers and reports can then be downloaded.
The Honey Show Schedule and Rules have been emailed to all members.
The National Bee Unit have put out an Alert that an Asian Hornet has been spotted. Full information is on our News Link http://www.nationalbeeunit.com//showNews.cfm?id=207.
This is a very important after Graham’s Talk on Asian Hornets and the confirmed sighting and release earlier in the year in Bury on an Asian Hornet into the local area. Please be vigilant and get your catcher traps out. Also down load the NBU app to report and identify the insect.
Lena Crowe and Peter Davis at the preview of the bees at the Hive in Manchester. The Bees will start swarming out soon and be on the trail in and around Manchester from the 23rd July. Further information can be found in Manchester Evening News article https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/bee-city-manchester-trail-map-14914518
We have been awarded the Bees’ Needs Award 2018 being the only community Group in the North of the UK by DEFRA. Also 2 other parks run by local authorities in the North have also been awarded. A total of 19 awards were made in the UK. This is for achievements we have done for bees and pollinators in the environment.
Also we have achieved a Green Flag Award. Both being achieved by all the hard work our volenters put into the association.
Over the next few weeks a small group of our members here at Manchester & District Beekeepers Association are going to be doing specially developed, half-day, educational visits to local Manchester schools.
We have been at Irk Valley Community School today. Teaching the importance of Bees, making wax candles and tasting Manchester honey.
They even have a bee as part of their school Crest!