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For Hunthay Apiary location see maps.
Summer Programme Meetings are held at Hunthay Apiary, EX13 5RJ, starting at 2.30pm unless otherwise stated.
Thursday 2nd - 7.30pm - Kilmington Village Hall.
“How and What do Honey Bees See?” With Dr Natalie Hempel d’Ibarra.
Dr d’Ibarra, is Senior Lecturer in Neuroethology at Exeter University as well as a beekeeper. She studies how bees learn colours, patterns and odours of flower displays, how they use sensory information to locate and choose individual flowers and flower patches, and the bees’ learning methods on initial flights.
Sunday 5th and Sunday 19th - 10.00am
The Bee Shed - Hunthay Apiary
Skep making course with Mick Male
Book with Richard Simpson to reserve a place. £27 for the two days, including materials.
Thursday 6th- 7.30pm - Kilmington Village Hall. “Hives Saves Lives” With Peter Venton.
HSL has focussed on making a difference in Uganda with education, support, equipment and beekeeping expertise, a life line for many families.
Saturday 8th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary
Beginners Course. Opening hives, lighting smokers & First Aid with the Apiary Team.
Sunday 9th - 10.00am to 12.30pm Hunthay Apiary. Nosema Day. Members to bring bee samples from their hives.
Saturday 15th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary. Comb changes, Bailey frame change, double brood boxes. With Simon Foster.
Saturday 22nd - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary Beginners Course. Getting started, handling bees. With the Apiary Team.
Saturday 6th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary Methods of Swarm Prevention and Control.
Sunday 21st - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary. Beginners Course. Inspecting for diseases. With David Packham, SBI. Note date change!
Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th - at Westpoint - Devon County Show.
Stewards needed, contact Barry Neal, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01805 601 715
Saturday 27th to Monday 29th - Branch marquee at River Cottage Food Fair, EX13 8TB. Stewards needed, contact
email@example.com (stewards get free admission).
Saturday 10th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary Simple queen rearing. Horizontal frame made easy, and 3-queen system. With David Shale & Gerry Humphries.
Sunday 11th - 12.00pm - Hunthay Apiary Hunting for a drone congregation area with DARG. All EDBK members welcome.
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th at Axminster Show Ground. Branch marquee at the Axevale Garden Festival.
Stewards needed, contact Rosemary Maggs firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 24th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary Queen rearing extra. Using a Snelgrove board, Ben Harden method, nucs. With John Badley.
Saturday 1st - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary Removing and melting old comb, cleaning equipment. With David Pratley.
Saturday 8th - 4.30pm to 7.00pm Hunthay Apiary. Branch Social at the Bee Shed. If you wish to attend please let Val Bone know (for organising catering).
Saturday 15th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary. Beginners Course. Varroa control with John Badley.
Thursday 3rd - Honiton Show. Bees & Honey marquee stewards needed, contact email@example.com
Saturday 12th - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary. Beginners course. Extracting and preparing honey with Colin Sherwood.
Saturday 2nd - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary. Beginners course. Assessing stores, feeding and preparing for winter. With David Pratley.
Saturday 23rd - 2.30pm - Hunthay Apiary. Cleaning and storing equipment with David Shale and the apiary team. All members welcome.
Thursday 5th - 7.30pm - Kilmington village Hall.
‘Staying in Control of your Bees’.
Talk by Ken Edwards
Ken is a Master Beekeeper and Secretary of Quantock BeeKeepers in Somerset. In this talk he will address an aspiration of us all - starting with maintaining gentle bees and moving on to keeping ahead and therefore in control of seasonal development. This is the key to successful beekeeping.