Introduction to beekeeping course, practical day

Every Introduction to Beekeeping course concludes with a practical session at the apiary. In previous years, that session has been restricted to a hive inspection and the others topics discussed would have been covered in more detail in the classroom. We already know there were things we could’ve done better (chairs would have helped!) but we’d welcomeContinue reading “Introduction to beekeeping course, practical day”

Exotic pests and notifiable diseases

The importance of being registered on BeeBase It’s very important for all of us to be registered on Beebase. This is so the National Bee Unit knows where all colonies are located so bee inspectors can monitor for the arrival of exotic pests. It also means they are able to control outbreaks of notifiable diseasesContinue reading “Exotic pests and notifiable diseases”

How to build a frame

Most of us develop our own technique for building frames and even the least handy amongst us (I’m thinking about myself here) soon becomes proficient at the task and can build a set of frames quite quickly. This video by Meridian member Richard Skinner demonstrates how frames should be constructed according to the BBKA whichContinue reading “How to build a frame”

Help save our bees!

Stop the importation of honey bees into Great Britain. Please sign the petition and share the link petition The petition is to ask the UK Government to ensure people don’t break the rules on the movement of bees. Unrestricted movement could allow Small Hive Beetle to arrive here and damage British bees even further. .Continue reading “Help save our bees!”

Meridian queen rearing programme 2022

Queen rearing survey Several members have expressed an interest in working together to improve our stock and to have an accessible supply of good-quality local queens available for our members. The aim of the proposed queen-rearing programme is to develop more healthy bees suited to our local conditions and which exhibit the characteristics most cherishedContinue reading “Meridian queen rearing programme 2022”

Varroa reporting in England

May’s edition of BBKA News contained a short article about Varroa becoming a reportable disease in England with effect from 21 April. There was some discussion about this at Monday’s fireside chat which prompted Meridian member David Smith to emailed Ian Campbell, news editor of BBKA News. David asked why the ‘Varroa Reportable in England’Continue reading “Varroa reporting in England”

Whole apiary shook swarm

Whole Apiary Shook Swarm Trial Bee Disease Insurance Limited (BDI) is currently undertaking a two year whole apiary shook swarm trail in partnership with the National Bee Unit (NBU). Bee inspectors will now offer to beekeepers who find European Foul Brood (EFB) in a colony the opportunity to have their entire apiary shook swarmed andContinue reading “Whole apiary shook swarm”

Asian hornet

The Asian hornet is a dangerous, non-native species which has the potential to wreak havoc in the UK. It hails from Southeast Asia and could never have arrived here naturally. Natural History Museum The Asian hornet is already well-established in France (and across continental Europe) and has caused immense damage to local ecosystems. It isContinue reading “Asian hornet”