The 2018 Three Counties Show will be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June. The event continues to be one of the premier shows in the country with around 4,500 livestock entries 3,000 equine entries and a customer base of around 90,000 over three days.
The Bees and Honey Show schedule is now available. There are two schedules (the Regular Schedule for 2018 and the Children’s Bees and Honey Schedule 2018) with multiple sections open to entries from across the UK as well as specialist classes for exhibitors within the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Please note that the closing date for applications using the ENTRY FORM 2018 is the 15th May 2018 and if you have any further queries please direct them to Liz Voyce (Organiser) via 07717708860.
For information about the Show, which will include the Honey Show and a large beekeeping stand, visit the Three Counties Show website
A copy of the 2017 Western Region Annual Report is now available from the Regional Bee Inspector Colin Pavey.
- Notifiable disease levels were below average – but with one or two hotspots.
- High varroa levels were seen especially late in the season.
- Levels of minor disease were average or below.
- No reports of Small Hive Beetle in the UK.
- No reports of Asian hornet in Gloucestershire in 2017 but a nest was found and destroyed in Woolacombe, North Devon (see NBU website and adjacent NBU news for latest updates).
- A reminder that it is a legal requirement to notify the National Bee Unit of any bee imports into the UK.
- It is also a legal requirement to only use approved Veterinary Medicines and to keep proper records of any treatments.
- Please remember to also register your colonies on BeeBase.
The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees because they will kill them when they need protein to feed their own larvae.
Asian hornets were found in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire in September 2016. The National Bee Unit found and destroyed a nest, which they believe was the only one in the area. A confirmed sighting was also reported in the Woolacombe area of Devon in September 2017.
Since Asian hornets are now established in France it is probable that there will be further arrivals in the UK at some point.
Beekeepers should check for the presence of Asian hornets by putting out traps. On warm spring days, mated queen hornets may emerge from hibernation as early as February, and worker hornets will be on the wing throughout the beekeeping season, right up until November, so hanging out traps between these two dates is a useful monitoring tool. Sugary liquid bait should be used in the spring, and a fish-based bait is recommended in the late summer when hornets are looking for protein to feed their young.
Simple wasp traps will also catch European and Asian Hornets if the trap entrance is at least 12mm diameter.
The National Bee Unit web site has full information about Asian Hornets and how to deal with them, information on suitable traps, and links to articles and videos covering the experience with Asian Hornets in France. Please read their information here: NBU Asian Hornet page
Farmers and spray contractor are being encouraged to enter the details of when and where they are planning to spray an insecticide that may present a risk to bees, and a simple notification will be sent to neighbouring beekeepers registered with the system.
If you are a beekeeper, simply register at beeconnected.org.uk, enter the position of your hives on the easy-to- use mapping system, and you will receive notifications from registered farmers when they are planning to spray their crops at a proximity of your choosing up to 5km away.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and long standing Dean Forest member Phil passed away peacefully last month. He had been ill for 18 months, and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 6 months ago.
Phil’s funeral was held at on Friday, 27th May at the Forest of Dean Crematorium.
It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you of the death of our former President, Arthur Taylor, on 28th March 2016. His funeral was held on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at St James Church, Staunton.
Arthur has been part of Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association life for many years and was a great beekeeper, assessor, national honey judge and president of GBKA. Together with his wife Mabel, who died earlier this year, he inspired new and experienced beekeepers with his great knowledge and sensible practical advice. He will be remembered with great affection by many members.
Following Cirencester’s successful Skep making day in February, Easter Saturday saw the second, arranged for the county.
12 members representing Cirencester & District, Stroud, Newent, Cheltenham & Glos. and South Glos. met at Harnhill and spent six hours learning the craft from Chris Park. We did break for a delicious soup and roll lunch.
Chris was extremely patient with all participants, fortunately, and we each left with the beginnings of a skep, fruit bowl, hat or other container. There were ample supplies of straw and lapping cane for us to take home to complete our creations.
We are aiming to arrange a 4th date at the end of August. Contact Helen Moreton – email@example.com – for more information.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting, hosted by Cirencester Beekeeepers, was held on Saturday 27th February, and included a Honey Show.
Here are some photos (courtesy of John Stevens) and a list of the people who came First in each class:
Class 1: Two jars of clear light honey, was won by Val Vivian-Griffiths
Class 2: Two jars of medium or dark honey, was won by Mike Hunt
Class 3: Two jars of granulated or soft set honey, was won by John Willoughby
Class 4: One shallow comb suitable for extracting, was won by Val Vivian-Griffiths
Class 5: One cake of beeswax, was won by Mike Hunt
Class 6: A honey cake to the stated recipe, was won by Sue Sarna
Class 7: A bottle of sweet mead, was won by David Richards
Class 9: Three photos connected with bees or beekeeping, was won by Philip Tinker
There were no entries for classes 8 and 10.
The Bradley and Bart Challenge Cup for the highest aggregate of points in the Members Classes was won by Mike Hunt.
The A H Bowen Challenge Cup for the most points gained by a novice member was won by Nicky Burgess.
The Inter Branch Shield was won by Cirencester Beekeepers.