We met this time at Uplowman village hall, near Tiverton in East Devon and had a good number of people from 3 or 4 counties.  The main subject of the day was hive hygiene but, as usual, we covered a lot of other ground and nattered. I was asked for a copy of my book of poems: Bees vs People, but unfortunately I had forgotten to bring any.

Hygiene is the colony’s natural ‘antiseptic’ against EFB, AFB, chalkbrood and varroa mites.  The standard way of testing is with pin holes on an area of brood or freeze killing.  Alan Nelson had brought along his copy of the COLOSS book which deals with the subject. It’s over an inch thick!

There was a lot of talk about the Asian hornet and one of our members had spent 3 weeks in Jersey hunting them: great fun!  Those of us who had been using the Suterra bait that has been successful there recounted our differing experiences in attracting wasps and hornets over here.

Our AGM is coming up next month on Saturday 3rd November at Furzeleigh Mill Hotel, Buckfastleigh at which Professor Keith Delaplane of the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia will be present and chatting.

Do YOU want to come and join us?  Annual membership costs £10 and if you want to lunch with us on the day it’ll cost nearly twice that, depending on your menu choice. Visit for location and menu details.  The business part of the meeting is after lunch but the social part is more fun.

The guest speaker at our December meeting will be Victoria Buswell of Plymouth University who’s undertaking the Bee Survey in which I’m taking part.  She’s going to send instructions and a container soon so I can send her a sample of my bees for DNA testing.  The study’s going on for 3 years so there’s time for YOU to join in if you like.


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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