Sunday, 18 August 2013

EBKA Conference 2013 - book by 30 August 2013

Annual Conference
Hosted by
Epping Forrest Beekeepers Association
Saturday 21 September 2013

Epping Forest Woodland Burial Park
Kiln Road, North Weald, Epping, Essex. CM16 6AD

Contact & Registration

At this year’s event, we are trying to keep things simple and keep it green.
On this page you can download a booking form and view the lunch options.
Make your choices from our delicious menu. Then fill it all in and pop it in the post. The address is on the booking form. Don’t forget to include payment with your completed form. Ticket price is £25 per delegate, which includes the lectures, a splendid lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
If you would prefer to book your place(s) and pay electronically (which we’d like) please email Mark, our Treasurer. He will be happy to send you the EFBKA details for online banking and a unique registration code for your payment.
Then what happens? We will email you confirmation of your booking.
Prefer a paper confirmation?  You’ll need to send us a stamped addressed envelope for this. Keep your booking confirmation safe and bring it to the conference as your ticket. You will be on our list.
There is a deadline and places are limited so it’s time to get cracking!
If in any doubt, email or phone Mark. He will be happy to help. His details are:
mobile  07824 486661
 Booking forms and full payment must be received by Friday 30th August 2013
The Treasurer, 77 Russell Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5QF
Download booking form PDF (Booking form) Word (Booking form)
Download menu PDF (menu) Word (menu)

"So you wanna keep bees" Taster Day - Sunday 18 August 2013

Thornes Southern Sale Days

Dear Beekeeper

Our  Southern Sale Days will be held in September this year but the dates are a little different.   Stockbridge will be first on Saturday 7th September and Windsor later on Saturday 28th September. 

We will again be taking pre-orders which must be collected on the day, in person or by a beekeeping friend.  Pre-orders will end at noon the Sunday before each Sale Day.
If you forget to pre-order, we will still have bargain offers on the sale days including frames, hive parts etc, etc.       We will also have the protective clothing so you will be able to try the garments on, to ensure you have the correct size.

Orders for personalised labels and all other items from our catalogue can be pre-ordered as usual.

Light refreshments will be available.

Hive Parts – English cedar
National Super                                        £12.00
National Roof                                                 16.00
National Open Mesh Floor                             12.00
National Brood                                         15.00
National Crownboard                                       7.00
National 14”x12” Brood                           26.00
BS Plastic Dummy Board                                  3.50
National Insulated Quilt                             1.20
Bees on a Budget Hive                           150.00
Commercial Brood Body                                 18.00
Langstroth Brood Body                                   15.00
Langs Jumbo Brood Body                               26.00
Langstroth Super                                            12.00                             
Frames – in 50’s only, second quality timber
DN1/SN1                                                          24.00
DN4/SN4                                                          27.00
14" x 12"                                                          40.00
BS Manley                                                        35.00
DN5/SN5                                                          35.00
Langs Deep, Shallow                                       35.00
Commercial Deep, Shallow, Manley               35.00
Langs Jumbo/Dadant Deep                             40.00
Dadant Shallow, Manley                                 35.00
Smith DN4 and SN4                                         27.00
OSB Frames                                               27.00
Smith DN1 and SN1                                   24.00
Assembly, Spacing and Entrance                                                             
500g Frame Nails, ¾”                                      3.50
Wood Treatment, 5l                                       15.00
100 Narrow Plastic Ends,                                 3.00
Wire Crimper                                                    5.00
Castellated Mouseguard                                  1.50
Ventilated Mouseguard                              1.50
Smokers, Tools and Clothing                                                     
Bee Brush                                                                 3.50
Stainless Steel Smoker                                     12.50
Frame Cleaner                                                    1.50
H/Duty Hive Tool & FL                                       5.00
Ratchet Hive Strap                                                   3.00
Apifuge                                                              7.50
S/Steel Trad Hive Tool                                       5.00
Grip Tool                                                            5.00
Occasional Jacket & Veil                                   5.00
Jacket and Round Hat                                      20.00
Jacket and Hood                                               20.00
All-in-one suit, adult                                        35.00
Open Mesh Helmet                                         10.00
Leather Gloves, pair                                          5.00
Corner Supports, set of 4                                   0.50
Api-charm                                                          8.50
Adjustable Fastener, pair                                  2.00
C1 Hive Tool                                                    10.00
Small Palm Tool                                                 5.00
Large Palm Tool                                                 6.00
Rhombus Escape                                               1.50
National Frame Rest                                         1.50
Economy Hive Strap                                          1.50                                       
Honey and Wax Processing                                                        
Cold Uncapping Knife                                       5.00
Bees on a Budget Extractor                          105.00
S/S Double Strainer                                         12.50
Nylon Double Strainer                                       5.00
Mini Strainer and Tank                                   30.00
10 x 15lb Buckets                                           17.50
10 x 30lb Buckets                                           25.00
Honey Dispenser                                            10.00
Conical Strainer                                              12.00
Serrated Knife                                                  7.50
Utility Knife                                                      5.00                                       
50 Cut Comb Containers and ‘4C’                5.00 
50 Crystal Comb Containers                        5.00
840 Crystal Cut Comb Containers              65.00
8oz Comb Cutter                                         12.00
Pollen, the Queen, Feeding, Education and Candlemaking
Pollen Trap                                                         5.00
Plastic Press in cage                                          0.25
Piece of galv mesh, min 12" sq                         0.40
S/Steel Grafting Tool                                         3.00
English Feeder                                                   7.50
Clip Catcher                                                       1.50
Royle Posters - set of 8                                   10.50
Frame Feeder                                                    7.50
10 coloured sheets, slight seconds                  3.50
Belinda Bee                                                       2.00
Small Skep                                                       20.00
10 Black sheets                                                 3.50
2.5kg Bain Marie                                             12.50
1.5kg Bain Marie                                             11.00
100pence Bargains – everything £1!!
250g 1.6mm x 25mm Galv Panel Pins                                       250g 1.6mm x 38mm Galv Panel Pins      
250g 1.6mm x 25mm Flat Head Wire Nails                               250g 2.65mm x 50mm Galv Panel Pins    
Round Escape                                                                             50 Trio                                                  
Liquid Bee Smoke                                                                       National XP Excluder     
Basic Hive Tool                                                                           Budget Claw Hive Tool  
Uncapping Fork                                                                           3 x Plastic Porter Bee Escape      
10 Polish Tins                                                                              Butler Cage        
4 x Queen Puzzle Cage                                                                Plunger Marking Cage   
2 x Water Feeders                                                                       50 Heart Nite Light Holder           
50 Circular Nite Light Holder         

Gill, Paul and  Rebecca.
E.H. Thorne (Beehives) Ltd, Beehive Business Park, Rand, Lincolnshire, LN8 5NJ

Thornes of Stockbridge, Chilbolton Down Farm, Chilbolton Down, Stockbridge, SO20 6BU   01264 810916

Thornes of Windsor, Oakley Green Farm, Oakley Green, Windsor, Berks, SL4 4PZ   01753 830256     

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Traditional Honey Cake - from the book Keeping Bees and making honey Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum

1.  Put 14oz (400g) plain flour in a bowl with
2.  6ox (175g) dark brown sugar
3.  1 tbsp baking powder

4.  1 tsp baking soda

5. 2 tsp cinnamon

6.  1/2 tsp allspice, nutmeg, ginger and salt

Mix all these ingredients together.......  then 

7.  mix 4 eggs, 
8.  450ml (1 pt) honey
9.  60ml melted butter

10.  Divide mixture between two 9 x 5in (22x12cm) loaf tins lined with baking parchment/paper

11.  Bake at 175*/350*/gas 4 for 1 hour 
12.  Cool for 10 minutes in tins then turn out onto rack to cool.

Allow to mature for a day or two before eating.

This recipe needs practice - cakes can sometimes either be too dry or not cooked inside.  You may need to adjust the temperature on your oven, particularly if you have a fan assisted oven.

DMBKA library

Need to borrow a book on beekeeping?

Dengie 100 & Maldon Beekeepers have a small library of books that you can borrow as well as access to others from members who are willing to bring them along to meetings for others to peruse. 

A full list of books a available will be posted shortly. If you have any books that you would like to donate to the library or perhaps show other members, please contact the Chairman or Secretary. 

Hive building

FACT BOX - Beeswax - did you know

Beeswax is a by-product of the honey bees' honey consumption nit takes about 4kg (8.5lbs) of honey to produce 0.5kg (1lb) of beeswax. 

Worker bees, aged between 12-18 days secrete beeswax in the form of a scale. A scale is about the size of a pinhead and comes from wax secreting glands under the abdomen of the bee. 500,000 scales are needed to make 0.5kg (1lb) of beeswax. 

The secreted wax is tasteless, odourless and almost colourless. It obtains its yellow colour and fragrance from the propolis and pollen brought into the hive. 

Beeswax has a melting point between 63*C and 65*C. 

Beeswax exuding from the underside of the bee's abdomen. 

Notice the wax scales being exuded from the underside of the honeybees abdomen

The white wax of unused freshly made beeswax. 

The size of a wax scale in comparison to a match stick. 

Hive building - Oakdale 17 August 2013

Chris makes this all look so easy!!!

Learn how to do it yourself or buy a pre-cut Smith Hive 

email for plans and cutting list. 

Price of pre cut hive on application - quote your membership number. 

See - that's how it's done!  

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Bumblebee conservation

Managing hedges and edges for bumblebees

Key facts

Upkeep Rotational
Suitable for All edge habitats
Sustainability Long-term option
Bumblebee rating   ✪✪✪✪✪

Edge habitats such as hedges, ditches and banks can be a haven for bumblebees, providing vital forage and nesting habitat. Sensitive management of these areas helps to connect larger habitat patches and sustain healthy bumblebee populations, boosting pollination and crop yields.

Why manage edge habitats?
Edge habitats are particularly important in providing forage plants at the start and end of the bumblebee nesting season, when flower-rich grassland areas are being grazed or have been cut. They also play a vital role in connecting up larger areas of habitat in the landscape.

How can sensitive management of edges help bumblebees?
Bumblebees need pollen- and nectar-rich flowers throughout their nesting season (March to late-September). Edge habitats are particularly important at the beginning of the season, when emerging queens need to feed. It is edge habitats that often sustain bumblebee populations through to the end of the life cycle. Late-summer and early-autumn flowers are essential for the rearing of new bumblebee queens, enabling them to build their fat reserves and be in top condition for hibernation.

Edge habitats can also offer very important nesting and hibernation sites, providing relatively sheltered and undisturbed conditions with plenty of tussocky areas and abandoned rodent holes.

Hedgerows and hedgebank management
It is important not to cut hedges or trample hedge-bases between March and the end of September, as they not only provide vital flowers throughout the spring and summer but are often popular nesting sites for bumblebees. This management also ensures nesting birds are not disturbed. Hedgerow trees and shrubs, especially willows, cherry, hawthorn and blackthorn provide important food sources for emerging bumblebee queens in spring, when few other flowers have appeared.

Leaving a hedge uncut for two-three years will encourage a much greater range of wildlife. Try to rotate hedge-cutting around your farm so that there are always some uncut hedgerows each year, or alternate cutting one side of the hedge and then the other. Varying the time of cutting – some in autumn and some in late winter – can also help to provide a greater variety of habitats and ensure that some bumblebee nesting/hibernation habitats are left undisturbed.

Ditches and water margins
Ditch sides and banks can provide very valuable nesting and forage habitat for bumblebees if they are free from chemical inputs and allowed to flower over summer months. Rotational management is vital. Avoid cutting and/or dredging between March and September and ensure this is carried out in sections on only one side of the ditch in any one year. This will ensure some uncut vegetation remains at all times during the bumblebee nesting season.
Bumblebees thrive in edge habitats where wildflowers are able to grow. Preventing spray drift and fertiliser inputs to these areas not only helps bumblebees but saves you money

Banks and grassland strips
Banks in grasslands often support more wildflowers than the flatter areas, having escaped more intensive management. Sensitive management can support a rich diversity of flowers in these areas. In flower-rich meadows, leaving an uncut strip on one edge, which is rotated each year, provides flowers for bumblebees later in the season.
Arable margins
Arable margins can be used to create additional edge habitats to help wildlife and boost pollination and natural pest control.

Adding plug plants or seed
Good management can sometimes be sufficient to support flowers in edge habitats. However, you may need to introduce key species such as woundworts, dead-nettles, knapweed and foxglove.
Rotation, rotation, rotation!
Rotational management of all edge habitats provides the best support for bumblebees. By managing different edges at different times or in different years, you can produce a wide variety of foraging and nesting habitats.
Funding to support this kind of beneficial management may be available under agri-environment schemes or through local projects. If your land is in an agri-environment scheme please discuss any changes in management with your agreement advisor.
For advice on how to manage your land sensitively for bumblebees, please contact BBCT.

T:  02380 642 060 

Sensitive edge management to help conserve bumblebees

Cut hedges in rotation (or cut each side alternately). Leave hedges uncut for at least two-three years and vary the time of cutting from year to year.
October to February
Produces a greater variety of habitats and wildlife, and ensures some bumblebee nesting/hibernation sites are left undisturbed.
Cut hedges in autumn and winter.
October to February
Hedges provide vital spring and summer flowers and are important nest sites for bumblebees, so cutting should not take place between March and the end of September.
Plant up gaps in hedgerows with bumblebee-friendly shrubs and trees (e.g. willows, cherry, hawthorn, blackthorn), choosing native, locally-occurring species.
October to March
Hedgerow trees and shrubs provide important foraging areas for emerging queens in spring when few other flowers have appeared.
Do not apply chemical fertilisers. In arable fields, leave a grassy margin (one to two metres or more) to prevent fertiliser drift.

Use of chemical fertilisers encourages the growth of vigorous grasses and weeds, restricting wildflowers.
Cut and/or dredge ditches in rotation, always one side at a time, between October and February.
October to February
Ensures some uncut vegetation remains at all times during the bumblebee nesting season and provides a refuge for wildlife.
In meadows, rotate an uncut strip (e.g. two metres) along one edge, cutting the following year

Provides important late-summer foraging areas for bumblebees and habitat for other invertebrates

Funding options for hedges and edges

Entry Level Stewardship (ELS)
EB1: Hedgerow management on both sides of a hedge
EB2: Hedgerow management on one side of a hedge
EB3: Enhanced hedgerow management
EB4: Stone faced hedgebank management on both sides
EB5: Stone-faced hedgebank management on one side
EB6: Ditch management
EB7: Half ditch management
EB8: Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB1)
EB9: Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB2)
EB10: Combined hedge and ditch management (incorporating EB3)
EB12: Earth bank management on both sides
EB13: Earth bank management on one side
EC4: Management of woodland edges
EC24: Hedgerow tree buffer strips on cultivated land
EC25: Hedgerow tree buffer strips on grassland