Here’s hoping for a healthy & productive year for us & the bees. Notice the 2015 colour on the queen!
The weather has been very wet, but not particularly cold yet, so watch out for bees consuming their stores too fast, fondant can be useful, Mary will have more Apifondant at the January meeting.
Woodpeckers have made a hole in the front of the polystyrene hive at Eythorne. Again.
Look out for a buildup of dead bees at the entrance too.
Annual Delegates Meeting: Dougal was our representative at this meeting and got involved with financial & governance details which I hope he will sum up briefly at the January meeting.
I have received the SE Annual Review from Julian Parker the new Regional bee inspector, it is quite lengthy, but interesting reading, it is on website HERE. It gives incidences of diseases, 0 AFB in Kent, 10 EFB; warnings of Asian Hornets & SH Beetles, and hopes that we are all registered with Beebase.
The schedule of DDBKA events for 2015 can be found HERE, but open to change if needed. We have a gap for March, but are working on it!
Those of you who remember Graham Hartley, a popular wine judge at our shows some years ago, will be sorry to learn of his death this week aged 92. A lovely man who took the tasting aspect very seriously!