Branch Calendar of meetings and events for 2017

This calendar will be updated throughout the year as more information becomes available. Monthly meetings at the campus apiary start at 2.00 pm unless otherwise specified.

January, 28th: A talk from Julie Coleman on ‘Inheritance in Honeybees’ The talk will be held at Herne Mill and will last for about 80 minutes, starting at 2.30 pm, after which there will be some refreshments and questions taken.

February, 25th: Our popular ‘Top Tips for everyone’ session. We will also be presenting some of the branch plans for the coming year and inviting discussion of them. Starting at 2.30 pm, venue Herne Mill.

March, 18th and 19th: The Beginner’s Course, details of which can be found on the Courses page on this site at

March, 25th: Equipment maintenance for the year ahead – making sure you have a plan for the coming season and the equipment to carry it out. Monitoring varroa levels at the start of the season. Part of this session will be hands-on if the weather is warm enough. At the branch apiary, starting at 2.00 pm.

April, 29th: Finding and marking queens, how to control/prevent swarming. At the branch apiary, starting at 2.00 pm.

May, 27th: Setting up nucs, expanding colony numbers, and raising new queens from your best stock. Looking out for Asian Hornets. At the branch apiary, starting at 2.00 pm.

June, 24th: Harvesting honey and pollen – how to assess what can be taken. Demonstration of frame trapping and its purpose. At the branch apiary, starting at 2.00 pm.

July, 29th: Monitoring varroa levels and assessing hives for treatment after any honey harvest. Practical aspects of honey harvesting. NB This meeting may start in the morning if there are a lot of supers from branch hives to extract, so a chance for beginners to see what is involved and lend a hand. Start time therefore to be notified nearer the date. At the campus apiary.

August: Our usual midsummer social event will take place this month, on a date to be confirmed nearer the time.  We would also like to arrange group visits to members’ own apiaries later in the month, so please get in touch with a committee member if you would be willing to host such a visit.

September, 30th: Assessing colonies for winter survival potention, following varroa treatments where necessary. At the branch apiary, starting at 2.00 pm.

October, 28th: AGM, at Herne Mill. Further details nearer the date.

November, 25th, at Herne Mill, starting at 2.30. A talk from our Education Officer and Master Beekeeper, Julie Coleman, on ‘Bee Pests and Diseases, Everything is Fine. Or is it?‘.

December, in later December or early January we will be treating the branch hives against varroa, using oxalic acid. This will be administered either through vapour or through the ‘trickle’ method with the OA in sugar syrup. Date tba.