Webinar – Preparing for successful spring build up -Thursday 14 October at 7.30pm

We expect this to be another popular event so suggest that those wishing to join register early to secure a place.

Preparing for successful spring build up – Marin Anastasov, Master Beekeeper, NDB 
As the seasons go from autumn to winter, and from winter to spring, the colony undergoes significant changes in the physiology of its inhabitants. This ensures the bees have all they need to survive the winter and provides the foundations for productive colonies the following spring. There are a number of operations that we need to complete (and sometimes avoid) to ensure our colonies have the best chance of survival through the winter and come through it ready for the spring build up. This talk covers common reasons for winter colony losses, the common reasons for colonies failing to build in the spring, and some of the important management operations in the autumn, winter and spring to ensure our colonies remain healthy and productive.
Marin holds a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Organic Farming. He is passionate about sustainable food production and his entire working career has been in organic food and farming. Marin is a Master Beekeeper and gained his NDB in 2017. He currently manages 30 colonies in Gloucestershire. He is a trustee of Gloucestershire Beekeepers’ Association and Chairman of the BBKA Examinations Board. He is an assessor for the Basic, General Husbandry, and Advanced Husbandry certificates, and has contributed to the development and running of the General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry training programmes for the BBKA. Marin is co-author, and led the implementation, of the BBKA Certificate in Honey Bee Breeding, including providing the training and support to both future candidates and assessors.

Final improvers meeting of the season – Sunday 26th September @ 2pm

The final meeting for Improvers (PBKA members only) at the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre, Scolton Manor, will be on Sunday 26th September, commencing at 2pm.

N.B. In order to maintain social distancing, we will assemble initially outside the Honey Kitchen. Please ensure you bring a suitable face covering also. For further details on Covid regulations in Wales, please see this link.

Webinar on Rational Varroa Control – Sep 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Rational Varroa control with Professor David Evans

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Varroa remains the greatest threat to bees and beekeeping. The mite, and the viruses it transmits, are responsible for the majority of overwintering colony losses. To avoid these, mite levels need to be minimised. This presentation discusses some of the science behind why Varroa and viruses are a threat to our bees before moving on to practical beekeeping considerations including how and when to control Varroa. Many beekeepers treat at the wrong time of the season for maximal effect, or use the wrong treatment. In addition to a late summer and midwinter treatment (which should be all that are needed for successful Varroa management) the opportunities to treat in the middle of the season, the importance of managing Varroa in swarms and the strategic, landscape-scale, management of Varroa will also be discussed.

David is Professor of Virology in the School of Biology, University of St. Andrews. His research interests include the replication and evolution of important human and animal viral pathogens including poliovirus, Zika virus and both deformed wing virus (DWV) and chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) of honeybees.

He is an enthusiastic beekeeper – an activity that pre-dates his research on honey bee viruses by several years – and a member of Fife Beekeepers, the East of Scotland BKA and Lochaber BKA. He runs about twenty colonies for research and pleasure and is particularly interested in queen rearing and ‘pottering in the shed with bits of wood and a nail gun’, activities which regularly feature on his personal beekeeping website https://www.theapiarist.org/.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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