18 October 2019Photographs of the 2019 Honey show are now available from the Gallery
The Gallery can be found here. Click on an image and this will open a slide show. The size of the image depends on the size of the file submitted.
28 September 2019Hefting hives
This is the time of the year when we are advised to heft our hives. This article from the SBA website shows one approach. Useful if your back is not as strong as it should be!
19 September 2019Bees for Development Newsletter
This link will take you to the latest newsletter.
13 September 2019Another monster colony in roof space.
I make no excuse for publicising this because it is far more informative and the web site looks to be very useful.
09 September 2019Three documents in Library following on from Saturday's meeting
1. Hints on taking off, extracting and dealing with honey.
2. Honey Supering and extracting.
3. Extracting honey notes.
Some of these have been in the Library but are now named to assist searching for them with a keyword.
01 September 2019Monster colony in roof space
This link will take you to a video of the removeal of honey comb and bees from a roof space. It brought back memories of when Pam, Sarah Smythe and I were called to remove bees from a roof space in a Cottage where the builders refused to work anywhere near it! Photographs now posted in the Gallery at the bottom of the Calendar page. Not nearly as bountiful as the video but I believe Sarah managed to keep the colony going.
25 August 2019Wildflower trails
This link will take you to an STV news article on wildflower trails.
25 August 2019Dealing with wasps
This link will take you to an interesting article on helping your colonies defend themselves against wasp attack and for distracting the wasps and drowning them. The site is linked to Ann Chilcott who we have had as a speaker a year or so back.
Easter Ross Beekeepers' Association Facebook page has commented on colonies with the deformed K-wing virus. They post regularly photos of their meetings.
12 August 2019Bee Craft magazine monthly update - August 2019
This link will take you to the Bee Craft magazine monthly update for August 2019.
08 August 2019Bee and Wasp sting survey
This link will take you to a bee and wasp sting survey being conducted by Dr Andrew Whyte, Consultant Allergist and Immunnologist, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
Please Complete Bee & Wasp Sting Survey
I am a Consultant Allergist and Immunologist in Plymouth, and I have a particular interest in allergy to stinging insects. Our department has previously surveyed beekeepers in the South West of England to ask about how common sting reactions are and what happens to the reactions over time. I am interested in how these rates might differ in other regions of the UK.
I have therefore developed a survey, please (see link above) and you are being contacted because you are a member of the Scottish Beekeepers' Association, and the Trustees have agreed to distribute this survey to members. Results of this survey will be shared in due course within the Scottish Beekeeper magazine and by email.
The survey should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete and the deadline is the 31st August. It would be very helpful if you could complete the survey, whether or not you have ever had an allergic reaction to a sting.
I am happy to be contacted by email if you have questions about the survey.
Thank you very much for your time.
Dr Andrew Whyte
Consultant Allergist and Immunologist
03 August 2019Thorne Beekeepers' News Roundup
Click here for Issue 35 of Thorne "Beekeepers' News" - plenty of interesting material.
01 August 2019"Honey supering" document and "Dyce" method of creaming honey
In response to the many questions we get regarding the handling of honey, especially at this time of the year we have produced a document offering advice as to how to handle honey supers etc. In the "Honey supering" document there is reference to the "Dyce" method of creaming honey. These documents are stored in alphabetical order within the [LIBRARY] page available to members who have logged onto the site.
Also of interest is a page of photographs showing the technique used at Findon Mills for separating wax and set honey using a heated uncapping tray.