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Latest OBKA Winter Talk videos

We have added two new video to the Members area – the Bees Abroad talk by Nicola Bradbear from 22 January 2021 and the talk on Queen Rearing by Ged Marshall on 12th February 2021.

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Short training video – Oxalic Acid treatments

We have added a short video by Andy Pedley to our video collection in the members area.

The video is on how to treat bees  for varroa destructor using Oxalic acid, primarily by the trickle method.

If you’ve not treated you bees using Oxalic acid Andy’s video takes you through all the key steps.

 

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OBKA Winter talk – The Magic of the Hive

Andy Pedley’s talk, given on 20th November 2020, is now available in the Members Area.

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OBKA Winter Talk – ‘Differences in sub-Saharan and UK Beekeeping’

The video of the Zoom talk is now available to watch in the Members Area

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OBKA Honey Show 2020 – video of George McGavin’s talk

The recording of George McGavins talk, on The BioSur Foundation in Costa Rica, is now available in the Members Area.

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Video of OBKA Honey Show Awards now available!

Dear Member,

We now have the ability to host videos on this website.

Our first video is of the Honey Show 2020 Awards ceremony. This was of course held virtually and the video is a recording of the Zoom session.

It can be found on the home page of the Members Area. Enjoy!

And more videos are on the way.

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OBKA Honey Show Results 2020

The results of the 2020 Honey Show, that were awarded tonight, 08 November 2020, are available in the Members Area.

For a bit more information and some lovely photos see the OBKA Honey Show 2020 page.

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Report on our first Winter Talk ‘Queen Substance’

If you missed our first Winter Talk there is a report in the Members Area by our Secretary, Richard Stansfield.

 

Don’t miss the next next session, details are in the Events calendar.

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OBKA Sponsors National Honey Show 2020

Well, to be precise, we sponsored a beeswax wrap demo:

 

OBKA Sponsors Beeswax wrap Demo National Honey Show 2020

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Latest Covid-19 Update from National Bee Unit

If you have registered your bees on BeeBase you will have received their email with the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance.

 

If not then

 

(a) Why not – register your bees immediately on beebase, and

 

(b) Here is their guidance, as a downloadable .PDF : COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_GB_Update_October_2020.pdf

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OBKA Beekeeper training under Covid-19 restrictions

 

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to carry out some training for new beekeepers at our Training Apiary at Marlborough School.

 

In line with Covid-19 guidance we are limiting the number of people at the Training Apiary to 6 people – 4 students and 2 tutors. We also require students and tutors to wear facemasks when working closely around a hive.

 

For further information please contact  training@obka.org.uk

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European Foulbrood incidents in West Oxfordshire

We have become aware of a number of incidents of European foulbrood in West Oxfordshire, centred on Burford. The latest information from BeeBase may be found here:

http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/BeeDiseases/efbReport.cfm

We suggest you pay particular attention to monitoring for EFB at your next inspection and review your hygiene protocols to ensure you don’t make the problem worse.

If you have any concerns about the health of one of you colonies please contact our seasonal bee inspector, Mark Lynch.

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