Welcome to South Staffordshire and District Beekeepers Association website
Annual Survey 2020
The 2020 Annual Survey is now closed. Thank you to all of our members who took the time to complete the survey.
We will publish the results in the Newsletter and on the club website in November, so please check back again soon.
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Coronavirus – Action
Hive inspections at Shugborough and Hilton Green will take place for the time being using teams of people already spending time together in order to reduce the risks of spreading the virus however as the Government has begun to ease restrictions we are opening up inspections to a wider group of members.
A letter from Alan Greenman (SSDBKA Chair)
To all club members.
We are thinking of opening up some sessions at Shugborough and Hilton Green for club members to attend and observe hive inspections being carried out by the three Apiary Work Group teams.
- There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
- We will be observing the latest covid rules and regulations as regards social distancing.
- You will have to be dressed in your bee suit when you arrive as there are no changing facilities on site.
- You will also have to register and leave contact details with us in the event that we need to contact you.
- We can only accommodate small groups to start with, probably a maximum of four.
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please can you send an email to Alan Greenman at email@example.com and ask to be added to the ‘Hive inspection List’. We will allocate places on a first come first served basis and notify you which session you can attend.
Shugborough Estate has now reopened with restrictions.
All planned education events are now cancelled until further notice.
Please check the BBKA website regularly for further updates.
New pages recently added:
- Members Apiaries : For the nosey beekeeper!
- Members Services : SSDBKA Shop!
- Amazon Smile : Fund raising for a new marquee at Shugborough
- Q&A: Recordings of the Zoom Q&A sessions for those who missed them live
- Caring for a Poly hive or Nucleus: New! help with care and repair of poly hives
Coming up this Month.
At the Apiaries:
- Preparing for Winter!
- Checking for honey stores – hefting or weighing hives. About 15kg/30lbs per hive
- Feeding as required: The Ivy is already flowering in some parts of the County, feeding syrup may help mitigate the laying down of Ivy honey and will boost winter stores
- Checking and removing varoa treatments
- Removing supers surplus supers to avoid contamination and to force bees to place honey in brood box.
- Under supering: Any surplus frames with honey placed in a super under the brood box to encourage bees to fill brood. With luck these will be empty and can be remoived if required
- Checking for disease and pests probably final check of the season
- Final inspections to check colonies queen right and upto strength to survive the winter
- Feeding any newly created nucleus colonies or collected swarms with Light Syrup though a switch to fondant may be advisable as temperatures drop
- Adding insulation to wooden hives. (Controversial one, but cold and damp in particular means bees consume more food which increases the chances of starvation, a woodden hive is probably less thermally stable than a bee selected abode so adding a bith of extra insulation, draft proofing etc might help)
- Preparing for next season!
- Cleaning and sterilising equipment
- All hive parts not in use
- Any frames which have old, manky or messed up comb or wax
- Wasp traps
- Honey extraction equipment pre storage!!
- Dealing with old comb and storing the wax produced
- Stacking boxes with drawn comb to make them vermin and wax moth proof, and weather proof of course.
- Sterilising drawn comb with asectic acid.
- Checking the catalogues and preparing a Christmas list!
- Cleaning and sterilising equipment
Things to do in isolation! (A bit like Monty Dons jobs for the week!)
- Cleaning any used equipment
- Box Assembly
- Old box cleaning and refurbishment
- Queen excluder and crown board cleaning
- Hive tool sharpening
- Checking all bee keeping tools
- Assessing this season to help:
- Produce your cunning plan for next season
- Honey processing; Dealing with early and late rape honey
- Storing any drawn comb in a Wax Moth and vermin proof way.
- Sterilising drawn comb
- Sharpening hive tools
- watch out for SSDBKA and Stafford Bee Group winter sessions
- Reading the catalogues paper or online with a glass of christmas cheer to hand!!!
- Any other suggestions gratefully received!
Member Services Launched!
Visit Member Services page for items the Association has on offer, including the cap!
A place has become vacant on committee, anyone interested in finding out more and getting involved please contact:
Include “Committee vacancy” in the subject.
Membership Renewal – Coming soon!
Shortly the email reminding members about membership renewal will be dropping into your inbox (or possibly SPAM!). Look out for these ans hopefully respond by re-joining!
So you Want to be a beekeeper?
Currently all courses are cancelled until the Corvid 19 situation is clarified. We hope to resume our programme of training next year.
2020/21 Beekeeper training opportunities here
Beginning Beekeeping Course 2020 (Currently Cancelled)
Images from the 2019 course at last the beginners course members got to delve into to mysteries of a colony of bees.
Shugborough apiary hits the News!
Follow the link above to find out what the Shropshire has to say about beekeeping thanks to our chair Alan Greenman.
The SSDBKA AGM was held on Thursday 28th of March and the following were elected to form the new committee:
- President: Stuart Roberts
- Chair: Alan Greenman
- Treasurer: Barry Crossley
- Secretary: Ed Bennett
Additional Committee members
- Claire George – (Membership)
- Clive Stewart – (AHAT)
- Trevor Smith – (Apiary Coordinator)
- Vacant – (Events Coordinator)
- Dayna White – (Quatermaster)
There are currently spaces on the committee which can be filled by coopting additional members if required.
Committee meets up to 10 times a year as required.
The scourge of the failing colony……