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Bee Open Day

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The sun was very kind, not too hot but nice and warm, the bees were out and the BBQ stayed alight! It was an enjoyable day, with 48 members in attendance.   We had 3 “Bee Sessions” with 6 groups of 3-4 people handling bees for the first time; all fascinated and about a dozen signed up to our theory …

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100% Success Pass Rate for Surrey Bees Trainees!

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A fantastic Congratulations to our 10 BBKA Basic Candidates who all sailed through their Basic Assessment with flying colours! Lots of hard work during the winter on the theory and practical hands on during the spring, culminating in Mock Exams before the actual assessments at the beginning of May. Certificates are due in the autumn, and we shall be getting …

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Snelgrove Board Making

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A very successful if not slightly chaotic evening making Snelgrove boards with 20+ attendees; a very noisy evening with everyone banging in nails, screwing in the entrances and chatting to other beekeepers. All delegates walked away with a completed Snelgrove and a recap of Swarm Control using the Snelgrove board. If anyone missed the Handout and would like a copy …

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Shook Swarm & Bailey Comb Change LIVE!

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Saturday 26th April – The sun stayed out just long enough for us to perform a Bailey Comb Change on a colony with a low Nosema spore count using the funnel technique and a Shook Swarm on another. We had a good turnout of just over 20 attendees and lots of questions. The colony we performed the shook swarm on, which …

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Do you suspect Nosema or Acarine? – Bee Disease Testing Service

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Do you suspect Nosema or Acarine? Organise with Surrey Bees Training to have your bees tested: Every Spring and Autumn we organise a Nosema and/or Acarine Testing day which you can bring your bees to and have tested at a very small charge per hive. Usually Defra charge £40 for this service; however to SBT it will be £1 per hive. …

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More Than Honey – Free Exclusive Film – 22 Feb

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We held a very successful showing of the Film, More Than Honey with nearly 50 attendees at the Good Shepherd in February. Our thanks go to Friends of the Earth who worked with Surrey Bees in order to provide the film and licence to show the film to a crowd. Much cake was eaten and tea drunk before the film started, finishing off …

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Queen Rearing Course

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Available early May – Queen Rearing Courses, demonstrates the Jenter method. Queens reared will be provided to those attending course. All candidates on Basic Assessment training will be invited to participate in Queen rearing as part of their extended program. Contact Surrey Bees Training now for Queen Rearing courses.

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BBKA Basic Assessment Course

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We are half way through the winter Workshops for the BBKA Basic Assessment. Still to come Swarm Management & Disease / Pests. These will be followed by 8 weeks of Practical Hands on, culminating in a Mock Assessment before the Assessment Day at one of the SBT Apiary sites. The practical sessions start mid/end March, depending on weather. If you …

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Oxalic Demo & only one sting!

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We held a very successful Oxalic Acid Demo, at our Pyrford apiary on Sunday 12 Jan, with 20 attendees. The weather was crisp but sunny, perfect temperature for the bees clustering and we managed to rescue our temporary ‘clubhouse’ (marquee) before it blew away. Members stood keeping warm with tea, coffee and chocolate whilst they were taken through through the …

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Practical Beginners Course – starts Wed March 26th

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Practical Beginners Course – starts Wed March 26th from 7pm Hands on practical course for new beekeepers – places limited, book now to avoid disappointment! Held at Pyrford Apiary (houses 20+ hives). Buy nuc, hive and learn how to build your colony to produce honey by this summer. Support provided weekly for first year. Contact Surrey Bees.

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