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Witney Bees talk – Nosema
17th April 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:00£4.00
NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM 10th to 17th April
Due to circumstances outside their control Witney Bees have had to postpone this talk from 1oth to 17th April
The fourth and final winter talk for 2019 will be by Dave Bonner Master Beekeeper and BBKA member – Bee Disease.
Dave Bonner is a member of Warwickshire Beekeepers and has experience of beekeeping in Uganda and gives lectures on Bee Disease, Hygiene and Husbandry, the Beneficial effects of Bees and their products. Swarm Management and Preparing Bees for winter.
Nosema is a disease caused by a microsporidian parasite; a spore forming fungus. It invades the gut of the adult bees, reducing their ability to digest pollen and shortening their lives quite considerably. In mid to late April every colony should be tested for the presence of Nosema. This involves taking a sample of 30 adult bees and checking under a microscope at 400x.
How do your treat a colony that has Nosema? There are no medicines, no silver bullets. You have to get the bees onto a set of new foundation. Colonies with Nosema are weak and unlikely to survive a shook swarm. If you have clean, fumigated drawn comb, that will help this process.
Venue: Wesley Room, The Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Time: Talk Starts at 7.30pm. Followed by tea and biscuits
Date: Wednesday April 10th 2019
Cost: £4 on the door (under 16’s free, if accompanied by an adult)
Parking in High Street near the front of the building but parking is best at the rear which is in Waitrose car park. Follow the P parking signs to the car park and park nearest the Bistro/Cafe “Hacketts“ which is at the other end to Waitrose actual building . If you walk along the footpath past Hacketts you will gain access to the rear of The Methodist Church close by.
Please let Vera firstname.lastname@example.org know if you plan to attend so we can make sure there is enough tea and chairs!
This will again be a popular event and all beekeepers at any level are welcome to attend.