KBKA : All invited to the apiary this Saturday ! Asian Hornet alert. Check your insurance

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All invited to the Apiary on Saturday 10th
All members are welcome to come to the apiary next Saturday, 10 June for a casual get together and swap notes about what the bees are up to. We shall start about 3.30pm after we close up the hives. Kindly park carefully in Broadfields and walk in. Do bring a mug for your tea.

Attractant for Asian Hornets traps is available for members, bring a small container. Looking forward to getting together for cakes, cuppa and a bit of banter !

Asian Hornet
There has been a further sighting (18 May 2023) of a single AH in Kent which is uncomfortably close to Surrey. At this time of year it is important to try to trap any queen AHs around. Please put traps out near your apiary and monitor them. They can be made or purchased from Thornes and we have a small supply of Suterra at the apiary, which is the easiest attractant to use, collect some on Saturday. alertnonnative

All BBKA members are able to undertake the BBKA AH Exercise as a means of increasing their awareness of this insect and being able to assist members of the public in any sighting. You can then be listed on the BBKA AH map if you so wish.

If you are taking part in any markets, giving talks, taking observation hives, please mention the AH and borrow the KBKA pull up banner and publicity material. It is important to get the message across and encourage people to photograph and report any sightings.

We all need to be extremely vigilant to protect our honeybees.
From Avis Marshall

Bee Insured
A reminder for new beekeepers … when you get your first colony please check your membership status as you must have insurance. Very simply, if you have bees then you should be a Registered or Junior Member.

Contact membershipandcourses to double check or change your membership details.

KBKA always asks all members to register on BeeBase to help co-ordinate beekeepers information across the country – if you need help just ask.

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