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Web officer - Louise Ryan
AGM - 7pm on Tuesday 12th January… CU there and then… Oxalic Acid Treatment - ALL MEMBERS - Weather forecast doesn't look to good for next Sunday, 3rd Jan 2016 and as it's been so mild lately I don't think there is an immediate rush to apply oxalic at our -out-apiary in Penllergaer as there is bound to be some brood in most hives; however temperatures are set to drop so it may be better to postpone applying oxalic in the hope of a cold snap in the next few weeks.  Emyr - 29th Dec 2015. Bee thefts - Sadly, bees are again being stolen, this time on Anglesey, North Wales - Read more here - 1st Sept Starvation Risk - Your Bees may be starving! (National Bee unit) 13th Aug 2015 Immediate action: Firstly - Check all colonies feed levels by ‘hefting the hive’ – Check the weight of the colony by lifting below the floor on both sides of the hive to see how much it weighs (Photograph attached - Hefting a Hive). Where the hive is light, liquid feed should be applied directly above the bees. Remove any supers from above the brood box which are empty or have few bees in them. This will help the bees get to the food quickly. • Feed can be sugar and water mixed at 2:1 ratio or one of the proprietary ready mixed syrups available from Beekeeping Equipment Suppliers. • Fondant can be used in an emergency if nothing else is available – but liquid feed will be more appropriate at this time of the season. • Large starving colonies of bees will take 1 gallon (Approx 5 Litres) of syrup very quickly – smaller colonies ½ gallon (Approx 2.5 Litres) may be sufficient to keep them going, but after feeding heft hives again and check the weight – if in doubt feed some more in a few days time. Outdoor Apiary classes are now being held at our outdoor Apiary at Penllergaer. Weather conditions dependant! BBC Weather for Penllergaeryn t start at 7pm The Training Apiary is located on the Old Swansea Road in Penllergaer, Swansea. Held every Sunday morning from 10am until 12 mid-day. Both members and especially non-members will be made most welcome. Feel free to drop by and find out if this Hobby is to your liking. Expert and friendly advice given by experienced Beekeepers. Full protective suit supplied - Without any obligation and no charge! ASIAN HORNET (Vespa velutina) ‘BEE on your Guard!  An invasive non-native hornet originally from Asia. A highly agressive predator of native insects, posing a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators. More information by clicking here and clicking the photograph to also obtain a full Colour Poster.
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