Firstly, thank you for visiting our website. At MUBKA we love bees, and we want to encourage people of any age who may be interested in keeping bees, or even joining us just for interest. Our Associate member grade costs only £5 per year (plus a single £10 joining fee) and gives you full access to our knowledge base and website.
As you will see from our Event Calendar, we have a wide range of activities to interest and support beekeepers throughout the year, and in particular during the beekeeping season. We start with a session explaining how to get yourself and your equipment ready for the bees’ rapid expansion in the spring and follow through with various events covering bee diseases, good practice and talks on general and specialist bee related subjects.
If you don’t currently have bees, we offer a Beginners’ Course which offers spectacular value. Starting in March every year, the £50 fee (plus membership fees) covers four 2 hour theory sessions and then Beginners only practicals every Thursday evening for the rest of the season, supervised by experienced beekeepers and which are held at our Training Apiary near Twyning.
After your first season, or if you are joining as an existing beekeeper, we have regular “Improvers” evenings to provide support and to encourage your development as a beekeeper. Social contact is important to us as well, and we usually end our sessions at the local pub.
I believe that we really have something for everyone who has even a passing interest in bees. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or would like to join our course.
There's an old wives tale that says, " ...vinegar for wasps and bicarb for bees ..." It's an easy way to remember that the sting from a bee is naturally acid, and that from a wasp is naturally alkeline. In the case of a beesting, the bicarb(onate of soda) neutralises the acidity of the sting. These methods deal with the after effects of the sting,but often leaves the poison in your system to continue working away.
Time harvest your honey so If you need to extract honey don’t forget the association has three extractors available you just need to check availability and book.
Jars and Foundation can be bought at a discounted price from Fred Stephens.
Last but not least make a note in your diary for the honey show, Saturday September 8th; it is a must for all beekeepers so plan your entries...remember 1lb Jars only for the shows!
Well did you make the Asian hornet trap? If not “get to it” the bees need your help to protect them.
Go to it! And may the nectar flow for you!
Whist temperatures are warm and the honey has been extracted, now is the time to gt the varrora treatment on and insert the drop boards so you do the drop count. This allows yoyu to monitor effectivness of your treatment and state of curretn infestation. The club has discounted supplies of Apiguard, available from Chris Reynard