Sunday, 14 September 2014

Essex Honey Show 2014

Congratulations to Dengie 100 & Maldon Beekeeper Zoe - well done. 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Honeybee DVD

Would you like to more about honeybees?

Get this brilliant DVD from BBKA at only £10. Fifty minutes of interesting footage on bees and beekeeping. 


Friday, 5 September 2014

Ferro Bee

Dear Beekeeper,

Outbreaks of American foulbrood (AFB) are occurring again this year in many places in Europe and elsewhere. This is the major problem for beekeepers in New Zealand.

Eradicating this bacterium (Paenibacillus larva) is practically impossible because it is almost always present in bee colonies. It is therefore important that favourable circumstances for this bacterium do not arise. This can only be achieved by makingthe bees, the bee colonies and the bee system stronger.

In order to understand something about AFB it is important to know the characteristics of this bacterium. Paenibacillus is a facultative anaerobic bacterium, in other words, the bacterium can flourish both in the presence and absence of oxygen. In the presence of oxygen the bacterium is exposed to competition from other bacteria and the likelihood of a harmful infection among bee larvae is very low. In the absence of oxygen this competition is lacking. The bacterium generates an anaerobic environment itself by creating a certain type of biofilm, within which it experiences no competition from other microorganisms. In addition the bacterium uses a mechanism whereby iron is extracted from the environment.

Strengthen your bee colonies with Ferro-Bee® 
If you would like to make your bee colonies stronger and increase their resistance to AFB throughout the entire season use Ferro-Bee® to provide an extra source of iron for your bees. From tests conducted in eight different countries between 2011 and 2013 it has transpired that Ferro-Bee® is beneficial to bees.

Would you like to try Ferro-Bee® for yourself?
You can order Ferro-Bee® for just €48 and test the effect yourself. Order one sachet, enough for 10 to 20 hives and test it yourself! Order Ferro-Bee® »

What is Ferro-Bee®?
Ferro-Bee® is a ferrous formulation. It also contains components that promote iron absorption. Ferro-Bee® has been developed based on our fundamental scientific insights into the processes that cause bees die and disappear. Read more about Ferro-Bee® »

References available under detailed terms and conditions on request.

Blomswaard 35
1391 VB Abcoude
The Netherland
T +31 (0)294 285 165

DMBKA Members Meeting - 17 September - The Norton

Members Meeting

17 September 2014
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DMBKA Members Meeting

Wednesday 17 September 2014The Norton Public House
Cold Norton

7.30pm for 8pm 

Guest speaker:  Deb Scott, B2b
Topic:  Creams, Lotions and Potions

Essex Honey Show 2014 - 13-14 September - Barleylands

Essex Honey Show 2014
13 & 14 September

The Essex Honey Show

Essex Country Show
13th and 14th of September 2014
Barleylands  Billericay

The Essex Country Show is a great day out and is now the largest event of its type in the South East, averaging 35,000 visitors in over the last 6 years.
In our marquee at the show you will find honey and related products, along with observation hives, honey tasting, candle rolling and much more.
There are classes for both novices and more experienced beekeepers to compete for trophies in 51 different classes including mead, wax, honey, baking with honey and photographyEssex Honey Show 2013 results | 2012 results.
If you are interested in exhibiting at this years show please download the show schedule and Entry Form.  Members intending to sell their produce at the 2014 show should complete and send the sale form for Honey and/or the sale Form for other hive products.
In addition members might be interested in the National Honey Show.

EBKA Conference 2014



HOSTS:  Southend Division
Saturday 11 October

Runnymede Hall,
Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex,

 SS7 1TF
‘Beekeeping for All’
with a natural beekeeping/diversity in methodology focus this year

Speakers :

  • Dr. Nicola Bradbear of Bees for Development talking on the charity and the different types of beekeeping approach found in their dealings
  • Heidi Herrmann of The Natural Beekeeping Trust speaking about natural beekeeping, pest control and Varroa
  • Terry Clare, speaking on queen rearing.

Tickets : £29

Tickets sales will be open from July 7th * to September 13th.

Please fill in this Booking form.

Agenda :

09:15Arrival, Tea/Coffee
09:50Opening Remarks/Introduction
10:00Speaker 1 – Dr. Nicola Bradbear
11:00Break (tea/Coffee)
11:30Speaker 2 – Heidi Harrmann
14:00reconvene and Conference Raffle
14:20Speaker 3 – Terry Clare
16:20Closing Remarks
There will be four trade stands at the conference:
  • Roy Cropley (selling foundation – if you have an uncommon hive type, please make this known);
  • The Beeshed (national bee supplies agent);
  • Richard Alabone (aka ‘Mr. Beesy’)
  • Penny Learmouth encouraging members to get EBKA merchandise. Your support of these stands much appreciated.
There will be a raffle; details on prizes to be added shortly

Catering :

A hot fork buffet which will include vegetarian options. Those with particular dietary requirements to advise us ASAP.
Choices still to be confirmed. Catering supplied by Affinity1777