Autumn is now long gone and we are in to darkest winter. Your bees are tucked up tight, behind the mouse and woodpecker guards. They are surrounded by the stores they collected from the last flowers and are dreaming of the spring to come.

As beekeepers we are programmed to worry. If when you are looking at the hives, give them a quick heft (gently lift one side by an inch or two). If they are light, you might want to think about feeding.

The only option during the winter is bakers fondant. Syrup is too cold and wet and the bees can not process it.

More information is on line, or even better ask some one in the Association for help. Its what we are all here for! :)



PDBKA EGM called to discuss an alternative BBKA membership for PDBKA

 For those who were not present, the meeting was held in the Club room  (our usual haunt being occupied by a film crew)  Not ideal but large enough  for the 31 attending.  Many participated in the discussion, the meeting lasting very nearly one hour.
The final analysis?
Of those who had expressed a view by post, at the meeting one member changed from pro independent AAM to remaining with HBA.  Expressing their opinion at  the meeting, five were pro independent AAM, five pro remaining with HBA.
Of the 130 beekeeping members consulted 75 responded (58% ).
With 65 postal responses (1 adjusted as above) and the 10 meeting responses there were
16    for remaining with HBA,
56    for applying to become an independent AAM,
  2     for joining another existing AAM
  1     too ill to respond.
All who attended were thanked for their participation in this important decision.
Tea & cake were then served by Helen & Penny and we were treated to a talk by Grahan Rowden on obtaining a variety of honeys for show.  A very pleasant and instructive end to the evening.

75th Annual Petersfield & District Beekeepers Association Honey Show

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Thank you everyone for helping to create a great honey show.

A steady stream of people came up to admire the display of over 150 entries of honey, wax and cookery.

Asian Hornet officially identified in UK  More details here