Beginners Practical - Commence Thursdays (Weather permitting) 18:30hrs.
Sessions commence at the apiary in Twyning. Parking is available in the field next to the Farm House. We then have a short walk across the field to the apiary. Location of and directions to the apiary are posted in the members’ calendar area of the web site.
If you have your own bee suit, please bring it with you. The MUBKA suits are available for new beekeepers. Remember you will need welly type boots; marigold type gloves; and a baseball hat can be useful. A bottle of water is a sensible addition and following the session we can visit the local pub for further discussions where we can also purchase tea and coffee – I am told that they also serve beer and things like that!
Improvers Practical - Every other Thursday (Weather permitting) 18:30hrs.
For every member who has been beekeeping for more than a year we offer " Improver Sessions". The aim of these sessions is to develop beekeepers' understanding and skills and offer help and support. The expectation is that we all have more to learn and we rarely have all the answers!
Nosema Event –
Within MUBKA we have four microscopiscs who are willing to assist with testing your bees for the two types of Nosema which attack honeybees. You can bring samples of your bees for testing; please contact Phil for further information.
Microscopy Self Help Group
You will have seen from the recent e mail that Worcestershire Beekeeping Association WBKA (the Area Association of which we are a part) have asked if anyone is interested in a Microscopy Course. Casting the wider net does make this type of course much more viable and therefore if you have expressed an interest in our MUBKA self-help group please respond to the e mail from WBKA.
It is unlikely that there will be a need for two and therefore we will not be organising this type of session until we know if the WBKA course goes ahead. Incidentally they propose to host their training in Bromsgrove School which has excellent laboratory facilities and they may be able to arrange use of microscopes. Please note that if we arrange microscopy self-help groups in the future you will need access to the appropriate microscopes and equipment. The four microscopists in MUBKA are not able to loan or lend out their personal microscopes.
Bee Safari –
This year the Bee Safari is to take place in July 2017. As well as enjoying tea and cake, a picnic and hopefully a BBQ the Safari will visit several apiaries belonging to our members. Keren Green our National Bee Unit Seasonal Bee Inspector will lead the Safari talking us through how to inspect for disease as well as providing us with up to minute information from the National Bee Unit.
This event is an excellent learning experience as well as an enjoyable day out with the bees.
To meet the National Bee Unit requirements, we have to commit a minimum number of beekeepers so please support this event.