Newsletter June 2023
Thanks to all who came last month,
almost 50 of you! I had barely arrived home afterwards when there was a swarm
call; John Feasey was able to collect & rehome. The number of calls has
decreased now, still the usual bumblebee ones though.
I hope your hives are looking good, building up their population nicely after the shaky start to the year, maybe you have a super or two with capped honey ready to be extracted.
your colonies are in an area which grew oil seed rape, then get your honey crop
extracted as soon as possible, as it will solidify quickly in the comb. Honey
from the bumper hawthorn blossom we have seen this year, will give you more
time to take action.
Now the biting NE winds have ceased & we have some
heat & sunshine at last, don’t forget your bees need water nearby.
DDBKA has honey extractors you can loan for a £10
refundable deposit if they are returned clean as borrowed. Contact Eric: 07741 483051
I had a novel experience last week, there were several queen cells in one of my colonies, I was about to reduce their number when I saw one was brownish at the tip, looking ripe & ready. So, I picked off the end carefully with a point on my hive tool & the queen fell wriggling into my hand! I caught her in a queen clip & back at home transferred her into a hair roller cage with newspaper covering the bottom end. She was put, in her cage, in a queenless colony. 3 days later all the newspaper had gone, so I am hopeful she has been accepted & will fly off to be mated shortly.
There have been several enquiries re membership this month, so I hope they will come along to the June meeting on the 24th
5 boxes of
1lb jars left now, 2 boxes of half pound jars left. I lb jars & half pound jars
are still available at the above prices; once that old stock is sold, the new
stock prices will be £30 for 1lb jars & £45 for half pounds.
UPCOMING EVENTS featuring DDBKA – Show season
- Kent Show July 7,8,9
- River Fete 11-3 July 16
- Nonington Fayre 1-5 July 16
- Eastry Fete 2-5 July 22
- Beefest Captain’s Gardens, Deal August 28
- Dover Urban Fete, Pencester Gardens, 10-4 September 23
This month’s meeting: Saturday 24th June 2:30 pm
At the Captain’s Gardens in Deal, opposite Deal Castle. CT14 7BA Limited car parking space there. We have been invited by Tony who has 6 hives there.
formerly a market garden, revived by members of the Deal community, now has
vegetables, flowers, hops & 200 fruit trees. Chairs & tables will be
provided, but no toilets. Car sharing strongly recommended. Space for only 8
cars, so find a quiet spot elsewhere in Deal & walk a bit or use the Deal
Castle car park, English Heritage members free, but all must buy a ticket.
If you are a
new member or visitor, please make yourself known, we get busy! Please remember your beesuit. We
shall have a register for you to sign. Please pay regard to safety
- · If you haven’t picked up your emergency
contact card it will be a chance to do so.
Tony has 6 hives to inspect, clean suits,
boots & gloves required
Tea [£2] & raffle as usual Bring your own mugs!!!