Nosema testing April 9th 2011

Bees over-wintering are mostly confined to their hives and this crowding together with the extended life of workers provides conditions for the build up of nosema spores in the abdomen.  Find out more about Nosema on Beebase.

We are running a nosema testing workshop on Saturday, April 9th starting at 9.30 and closing at about 3.00 pm.  This will be held at the Picton Community Centre adjacent to the County Hall car park which is free on Saturdays.   If nosema is diagnosed, treatment is advised by dosing feed with Fumidil B.

For this workshop, members must bring a sample of bees from each hive, collected as described in these instructions.   If anyone has any innovative ways of collecting flying bees we would be glad to hear about them.