A committee meeting the other night and now we have more dates for your diary:
January 18th – Kevin Pope – our Seasonal Bee Inspector – will be not be giving a talk. This talk has again had to be postponed due to the Covid situation.
February 8th to March 15th – For the Beginners’ Course for any members of the Dorchester and Weymouth Beekeepers Association. This will be held at the Colliton Club from 7pm to 9pm each Tuesday from February 8th to March 15th. The course will cover sufficient theory so that when you first open a hive you are not totally at a loss as to what you are looking at. I will be putting up more details as we get closer to the date. The cost of the course is £60 and further details are available from Sally.
For those thinking of doing the Beginners’ Course two possible Xmas presents are the “Haynes Bee Manual” and the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping. There are a lot of other useful gifts on the BBKA Shop. Whatever you do please do not order bees! I will be doing an article on this in the near future but imported bees are not a good idea – and that is putting it mildly.
February 12th – We are holding a one day hands on course on “Hive Manipulations”. This will be a chance to practice the various hive manipulations. Though I have not seen the final programme I expect it to include practice at such operations as a “Bailey Comb Exchange” and the “Shook Swarm”. These will be practiced indoors and with empty hives so we do not have the complication of bees in the hive!