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With the weather we had last week we were optimistic that our Association Apiary would be doing well - and it was. For details have a look at the Apiary blog pages.

As the season progresses seasoned beekeepers realise they have more kit than they need. At the same time the new beekeepers are realising that they need more equipment. Do take a look at the "For Sale" page. I have recently added more items.

And the threat of the Asian Hornet has not gone away. Remember to check your traps and watch bait stations.

Gard d'Apis Trap
Gard d'Apis trap - fortunately empty!

Next week is forecast to be warm - in fact it could be very warm. It could be warm enough to entice Asian Hornet Queens to visit your traps or even just fly around looking for food.

Remember at this time of year they are looking for carbohydrate rather than protein. Keep your eyes open when out doors. This does not just mean when you are at your apiary but at all times when passing any flowering plants. In Spain many of the Asian Hornet nests have been in towns.

This weekend we have been able to make another hive inspection. It looks like the hive that had Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus has recovered. Full details can be seen on the blog page.

The image below shows what you do not want to see in your apiary. It is the result of CBPV and the bees have died where they fell. More information is on the BeeInfo page

Result of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus

This Wednesday we have a social at the Colliton Club in Dorchester. This is an informal chat session where you could raise any concerns or queries about bees - or anything else. Just remember one question to five beekeepers result in at least six answers, Hope to see you there.


Just got back from the BBKA convention in Shropshire and had a wonderful time. If you get a chance to go then take it.

One reason for going is to top up your stocks of frames and foundation and be tempted by other items to buy - and I was.

The good news : Simon the Beekeeper was there and doing a lot of business. I had heard they were no more but chatting to the staff they told me they closed and reopened in the same day and are now going well. Judging by the number of people at their counter then they are certainly are doing well.

So if you are looking for "stuff" then Simon the Beekeeper is one to consider.

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