Two images shown here taken at the recent 'Plan & Prepare Demonstration and New & Used Bee Equipment Sale meeting'
Monday 1st July – Viaer Marchi at Saumarez Park
Again we will be having our pancake stall to feed all the hungry people that night. We will also be selling bee related products and pens, cushions and all sorts of things.
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July – Agriculture Show at Les Paysans
We have been asked if we would like to have a stall at this 2 day show. Last year was the first event and it was held at the Haye Du Puits in the Castel. The event was a huge success and the organisers want to make it even bigger and better this year. We will keep you informed about this and what we intend to do for this. We have a few ideas but just need to sort a few things out first.
Saturday 19th October – Honey Show
Our Honey Show will again take place at the Victorian Gardens at Saumarez Park with judges being kept busy with bee produce, photography classes and cookery classes. Please save the date.
We welcome visits from youth groups, and can supply children’s and adult bee suits so the children and adult leaders can get kitted out and look inside a hive, we also take our sealed observation hive to schools playschools and groups such as WI so they can see the bees, and learn about honey bees and how we keep them. We would like as many people as possible to be Bee Aware.. If any organisation is interested in a visit please contact us through this website
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Further details on these will be given when known.
We welcome visits from youth groups, and can supply children’s and adult bee suits so the children and adult leaders can get kitted out and look inside a hive, we also take our sealed observation hive to schools playschools and groups such as WI so they can see the bees, and learn about honey bees and how we keep them. We would like as many people as possible to be Bee Aware. The girl in the picture shown below is wearing one of the bee suits. If any organisation is interested in a visit please contact us through this website.
The following link has been passed on to us by a GBKA member and makes good reading http://bees.pan-uk.org/
On the same site our President, Chris Tomlins has also suggested the leaflets about the effects Neonicotinoids are having on honey bees make interesting reading.
Fortunately these chemicals are not being used by farmers in Guernsey, but they are being incorporated into chemicals for home use that can be obtained from local garden suppliers.
The GBKA believes their use in Guernsey should be discouraged. For The List Click Here...
CLICK HERE for Dave Cushman's website
CLICK HERE for MAQS website
Shown here is a link to a NEW SCIENTIST article describing how honey bees are spreading disease to other insects.
SELF MEDICATING BEES
A study from North Carolina State University shows that when a colony is infected with a harmful fungus,honey bees ‘self medicate’ by bringing in increased amounts of antifungal plant resins.
When faced with harmful fungus, bees line their hives with more propolis (a mixture of plant resins and wax that has antifungal and antibacterial properties) to help ward off the pathogens.
Researchers found that when faced with a fungal threat, bees would bring in up to 45 percent more propolis on average.
However, although it is widely believed that propolis also has antibacterial properties, this self medicating behaviour does not extend to bacterial threats in a hive. Honey bees did not bring in significantly more propolis when their colony was infected with pathogenic bacteria.
For more on this study go to:-
POTENTIAL APIARY SITES AVAILABLE
Members of the public have contacted the Association with requests for bee hives to be placed on their properties.
If any GBKA member wishes to take advantage of these offers, in the first instance, please contact through the email@example.com