Date Venue Speaker Topic Feb 5th QMH John Vendy Natural Beekeeping Top Bar Bee Hive March 4th QMH Jane Medwell Swarm Catching April 2nd Bradwell VH Graham Royle Skyscraper Beekeeping May 6th QMH Matthew Ingram TBC July TBC Lymestone Brewery…
Wally Shaw gave an excellent talk of swarm control at our meeting in April 2015. His booklet is available free of charge on the Welsh beekeepers website:
We meet in Longsdon, just outside Leek, from early Spring to Autumn. Meetings are usually at 10am on Saturdays, but if you signup at meetup.com/apiary you will get emailed about all our meetings
The rich variety of native honeybee subspecies and ecotypes in Europe oﬀers a good genetic resource for selection towards Varroa resistance.
Although Autumn is the traditional time for honey shows, preparations should begin much earlier in the year.
Full and partner members of North Staffs BKA benefit from two types of insurance: third party cover for beekeeping activities and primary hive products cl_2015_policy_wording_1444854145 insurance_certificate_signed_1446737156 Bee disease insurance (BDI) limited cover for destruction due to foulbrood
Please be aware that both AFB and EFB have been found in North Staffordshire A useful booklet can be downloaded from the National Bee Unit Foulbrood Disease of Honeybees
This interesting german video (narrated in english) describes a large scale selection process but the description of varroa monitoring and a method of collecting bee samples is relevant to small scale beekeepers