Newsletter September 2023
We had an amazing meeting last month at Kingsdown, so busy & focused that we didn’t have time to look at Terry’s bees! It was a real get together of information, plans, maps, evidence, sharing knowledge & ideas about our current foe the Asian Hornet. The map of trap locations has been constantly updated as more are placed in blank areas, thanks are due to Jackie’s husband, pedalling all over to encourage unincluded areas to keep alert. So, look when walking past heavy crops of ivy, very attractive to our bees & hornets too! You may have been phoned to keep you up with progress, still more sightings are being registered, Dover castle, River, Great Mongeham, near Duke of York’s school, allotments in Deal & Folkestone.
See this article in the Times re a recent nest in Hythe: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/out-hunting-the-asian-hornets-decimating-our-honey-bees-s59ghdsfp
Lisa our SBI says: ‘This month is crucial as it’s when the Asian hornet
queens will be developed, every trap we catch now is even more important than
before and whilst we have a 100% success rate in finding nests from confirmed
sightings, it’s the sightings that are the vital part as without them, we don’t
know the hornets are out there.
I can’t thank you all enough for everything you are doing.’
ordered a pallet of Ambrosia bee feed syrup which many of you have used
in the past. It has arrived at AB Crush, buy using the same routine as the
jars. Each 12.5 kg plastic container will cost £21.
September brings the East Kent Ploughing Match, this
year to be held at Hardres
Court Farm, Upper Hardres, Canterbury CT4 6EN on Wednesday 27th
We are following the established custom of a stall shared with other local BKAs: Thanet, Canterbury, Whitstable & Herne Bay.
So come along with your honey to sell, correctly labelled as for sale, or come to meet the public & help on the stall, people are always fascinated by bees!
N.B. Access to the site will have to be via Stone Street
as there is a leak to be fixed, but signage should be in place.
Thinking of honey, please put aside a few of your best jars to enter into our Honey Show on October 21st at Shepherdswell.
Remember to carefully read the
instructions for entry in the schedule I am sending, it has been put together
by Sue Court, despite her illness from covid which she has found hard to shake
This month’s meeting: Saturday 30th September 2:30
At the DDBKA Eythorne apiary at Eythorne Court CT15 4AD.
It is along
Shepherdswell Road, near Eythorne travelling towards Shepherdswell, on the
left, near a black wooden building. We park in the next field; you will see
cars and a gate to enter. 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. Signing will confirm that you have read the Health & Safety policy.
Please pay regard to safety
There will be hives to inspect, looking at the amount of stores accumulated by colonies, a brood frame full of honey will weigh approx. 5 pounds, a similar super frame will weigh 3 pounds, so the bees’ stores for winter can be estimated.
A lot of nectar has been brought in from ivy blossom in this warm weather. You should be hoping for 35 pounds plus per colony, & also checking the varroa drop on your inserts after starting the varroa treatment during this month.
So, carry on feeding if needed,
stronger syrup, 2-1 strength, will be best now as the weather becomes autumnal.
[£2] & raffle as usual Bring
your own mugs!!!
& I will be at Pencester Gardens, Dover Urban Fair, on September 23rd
with a bee stall, 10 till 4 – hoping it doesn’t pour like last year…come
along & say hello.
Looking forward to our last outdoor club meeting of
this year, see you there!