BeeConnected is a system to notify beekeepers when a neighbouring farmer is applying insecticides to their crops.
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.
He died at home in the house where he was born 79 years ago. I’m sure you will all join with us in sending his wife Jean and his family our deepest sympathy.
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.
Jim Vivian-Griffiths, a very experienced member of the GBKA Forest of Dean Branch, Branch Treasurer, and tutor of their annual Beekeeping Course, obtained his BBKA Master Beekeeper qualification earlier this year.
Jim has now heard from the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers that he has won the Wax Chandlers’ Award for 2014. This has been awarded every year 1965 to the Master Beekeeper in the year who has scored the highest marks in the module examinations.
Jim has been invited to the Chandlers’ Court Lunch in January to receive the award from the Lord Mayor of London.
Congratulations Jim ! The award is a fitting recognition of your tireless efforts to improve not only your own knowledge but the standards of beekeeping and training in the Dean Forest branch of GBKA.
( The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers is an ancient livery company in the City of London. In 1371 it gained control over the trade of Wax Chandlers in the City and in 1484 it was granted a Royal Charter by King Richard III. It originated as a “fraternity” or an association of craftsmen which was formed for mutual benefit and spiritual support. It became increasingly important in the 14th and 15th centuries as religious ceremonies became more elaborate and churches were lit by candles throughout the day and night.
The Wax Chandlers have supported the BBKA and the National Honey Show financially and in other ways over many years.
The Court Lunch is a formal occasion in honour of the Lord Mayor of London, currently the Right Honourable Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE. )
Some beekeepers have found that MAQS strips have negative effects on their bees, especially during warm weather.
Here is some useful advice from Jim Vivian-Griffiths of Dean Forest Beekeepers:
The instructions for use of MAQS strips are rather misleading, as they were written for the Canadian/US market, in which the majority of beekeepers use Langstroth hives with solid floors. The advice is to remove the entrance block to provide more ventilation.
With our colonies on mesh floors you should do the following:
1. leave your entrance block in, reduced if necessary to guard against wasps
2. put your insert board in only half way, to give plenty of ventilation
3 open the feed holes also to give ventilation
4 use only one strip of MAQS if your colony is not much stronger than a nucleus