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Annual Apiary clean-up January 2021

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Our annual apiary cleanup will be taking place on 9th January 2021 from about 09:00 through to midday.

Scraping and scorching will start at 9.30am. Helpers are most welcome (socially distanced of course).

Helpers will need to bring their own refreshments this year.

Volunteer list:

  • Tony Lack – Apiary Manager
  • Marion and Paul Bibby
  • Richard Roll
  • ..

WDBKA Apiary tasks Autumn & Winter 2020/21

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As the season draws to and end and the bees settle in for Winter there are a few maintenance tasks to perform:

  1. Sulphur treatment of all supers and any brood frames not in use (Late October/Early November) *Completed 02/Nov/20*
  2. Fitting Woodpecker guards as the frosts start. *Completed 07/Nov/20*
  3. Oxalic Treatment around Christmas.
  4. Feeding bees where required with Fondant. *Fondant added …

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Club extraction day

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Extraction day was Saturday 8th August. We tried our best to remain Covid-19 safe by limiting number of participants and holding two shifts. And it was HOT!!

The harvest was not as great as previous years, not least because we have reduced the number of hives during the year (Just 5 that were producing a harvest).

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Association Honey Extraction: Sat 03 August 2019

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A shorter version of this post (without the photos) was published in the August 2019 newsletter.

Fifteen members helped with the Association’s annual honey extraction. Quite a few attendees came specifically to learn about extraction – some members before extracting their own honey, for the first time. One lesson they won’t forget is: get your clearer boards on in good …

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European Foul Brood (EFB): Another Outbreak

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EFB Outbreak in Wokingham/Bracknell area.

Please check that all your apiary sites are correctly registered in BeeBase, to enable the NBU to identify the potential infection zone.  If they are not registered use the link under Member Information above and register now.

On the evening of Tuesday 18 June I was informed that Phil Spillane (NBU Seasonal Bee Inspector – …

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