Events of Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group

Annual meeting

April 5th at 7.30 p.m.

10 St George's Road, Hayle, TR27 4AH

This meeting is to help us prepare for the 2016 season. We will discuss any matter of interest to any member: examples can include easy methods of queen rearing; recent results of genetic testing; using Jenter type systems; grafting methods; drone preparation; timing and likely results; optimal preparation of Apideas; strengths and weaknesses of Payne's poly nucleus boxes; signs of varroa reduction characters in our colonies.

We have equipment to loan: grafting tools; Apideas (up to 6); Payne's poly nucs (subject to demand); one Jenter style kit; sundries including JZBZ cups and hair rollers.

Parking is on the road below the house or a little higher. We are opposite the bowling club and just above Penpol School coming from the White Hart in Hayle. We are just after the 20mph sign for the school coming from the east well past Hayle secondary school.

email james to say you are coming and with things you want to tell us about, discuss or have advice on.


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Queen Rearing and Mating Site Biosecurity

Sunday 21st June 2015 Time 10.45am to 3.30pm

Duchy Of Cornwall Nursery

Cott Road, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0HW

The day is open to members of both Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group and BIPCo, the Bee Improvement Project for Cornwall. Numbers will be limited to 7 from each group. Apply to james@cbibbg.co.uk.

Itinerary

10.30 Welcome and Tea & Coffee (bring your own flask and nibbles)
10.45 Introduction
11.00 Preparing Apidea and Biosecurity Issues
12.00 Grafting and Queen cell introduction: Practical and Theory
13.00 Lunch (either bring your own or use the cafe facilities at the Nursery Shop)
13.45 Apiary mating site practical. please bring clean bee suits, wellies and disposable gloves and raincoat just in case.
15.30 Close

Please note this is a voluntary session. Rodger will try to make it as interesting as possible.

Parking Arrangements Please use the grass lay-by on the left hand side just after the deliveries entrance to the nursery. Look For Bee Meeting Signs.

Please read the papaer on biosecurity before the session.

Please remember we have had outbreaks of AFB and EFB over the last few years, often sourced by colonies brought into Cornwall from elsewhere. If we are to reduce these "imports" we need to build our own stocks of bees bred locally so as to have them available to new beekeepers and those in need of replacements as well as for our own purposes.

There are several points: the importance of biosecurity; preparing queen cells and drones; ensuring all colonies used are optimal in health and strength; readying the mating apiary; setting up and priming apideas with bees; (pre-testing and) introducing queens or cells; moving bees between apiaries; testing and proving queens; introducing queens to larger nucs and colonies; selling nucs; quarantining suspect colonies.

The session is co-sponsored by CBIBBG and BipCo under the banner of the B4 Project.

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