Education Questionnaire – please complete and return!

Members of the OBKA would have received an Education Questionnaire with the April Newsletter (it was a separate document).

Mark Blanchette would like to remind members that he would like the completed questionnaires returned by 22nd April; his email and postal addresses are on the questionnaire.

If you have mislaid your copy please use the ‘Contact us‘ form to request another copy and we’ll send one to you.

Woodstock Apiary Spring Clean

Members are reminded that the Apiary Spring Clean is Saturday 28th April – see the Events page for more details!

What’s the Buzz

There is an interesting article in The Economist (March 28th Edition) about a new app that ‘listens’ to the sound of a hive and can diagnose various issues including the presence of hive beetle, a serious honeybee pest, parasitic mites and “foulbrood”, a bacterial infection which can destroy bee colonies.


A very interesting read if you get the time.


This follows on the heels of another app, BeeScanning, where you can take a photo of your bees, submit the picture to their website where they use an AI engine to scan for and identify Varroa mite levels.

Annual AGM – Volunteers needed!

Last night’s AGM had some 22 members and 4 Trustees / Management Committee members in attendance.

In his Chairman’s Report Phil Sharman asked for volunteers to help with the running of the OBKA. If anyone is interested please contact the Chairman via the form on this page.



Don’t forget the OBKA AGM is tomorrow, Wed 28th March. For full details see the Events section of the website.

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