This year has been disappointing in that we have not been able to get to things like the Bee Safari and visit other apiaries but as this post will hopefully show there is a lot going on. Thanks to the virus many organisations have set up lectures which we can attend remotely and enjoy.
First amongst my list of possibilities is a set of lectures at the beekeeping.events website. These are actually hosted by BIBBA. I am not going to list all the lectures but this subset may stimulate your interest. In fact there are so my lectures I have just grabbed the first few:
Bees and queens for everyone
- The roles of Winter and Summer bees
- Attracting Native Bees and Butterflies
- My Life as a Manuka Honey Farmer
- Friday Evening Informal Bee Chats
- HBA web-vention
- Oil Seed rape Blessing or Curse?
If you want to see recordings of previous lectures they are on the BIBBA website.
Where has the year gone? Just two months to the end of the year and it seems to have just flown by. However for the bees there is still plenty to do and I have written a set of tasks which need to be done. Perhaps this year is a good time to do more of the tasks than last year. When I am working in the apiary there is no talk of the virus threat or of Brexit. Such a relief.
As I write this we are about to go into another lock down. May I draw your attention to the NBU advice for what we can do in the next month? For those who do not wish to read it all I can summarise it with "Hands, face, space" and remind you that we have a duty to look after "livestock" and that may require travelling to an out apiary.
On a more positive note - if you have more time on your hands as a result of the lock down then use the opportunity to read more about bees. There are some suggestions on the November tasks page.
Bit late - the blog that is late not October. There are lots of tasks to do even in October. At the moment life is a bit more normal than it has been though still not normal.
We are planning more Zoom meetings for AGMs and some regions have put lectures on line and these have been very well received.