As an affiliate of both the British Beekeepers Association and Yorkshire Beekeepers Association, Leeds Beekeepers Association discourages the importation of both honey bee queens and colonies from outside the UK.
Andy Gowdy and Cath Graham recently entertained 350 children at Atherton Community Primary School in Sherburn in Elmet. A series of 6 presentations throughout the day introduced the children to beekeeping and the value of bees to the environment; this was followed by hands-on activities - dressing up in bee suits, participating in honey tasting and, most exciting of all, viewing the bees in the observation hive. The children had been studying bees throughout the week, the LBK
April traditionally sees the attendees of our Beginners Winter Course returning to the apiary for a series of practical sessions. This year we have been delayed by a week due to cold weather. Fortunately last Wednesday was a wonderful sunny evening and it enabled the delegates to don their suits and start their sessions in the apiary. Everyone listened attentively and participated in the inspections by handling the frames of bees and identifying honey, pollen and brood with
It was a cold, damp and misty night but a few brave souls ventured to the apiary for Andy Gowdy's presentation on Apiary hygiene. With a bottle of bleach, a container of Flash, soda crystals and gas canisters with a variety of hoses Andy was able to demonstrate cheap and easy methods of disinfecting a hive and beekeeping equipment. All products available at local stores for a minimal payout. By 7.45pm the light was getting low, the kettle was boiling and the chill was setting
On Saturday 7th April Leeds Beekeepers Association joined several other organisations in bringing nature to the city in the cloisters of Kirkstall Abbey at the ‘Nidderdale in the City’ event. LBKA were joined by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Edible Leeds, Upper Nidderdale Moorland Group, Willow weavers, Yorkshire Dales River Trust and various additional natural history associated groups. Other activities on display included a climbing wall, stone sculpture, dry stone walling, fe
As Spring has sprung now it is a good time to start thinking about which areas of beekeeping you want to improve on during the coming year. We have already begun to add masterclasses for the forthcoming year with more to be announced. If there is a topic you would like a masterclass on, or a topic you think you could deliver a masterclass on, please contact Cath Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org). 4th April 2018 - Artificial Swarm by the Pagden Method - Chris Barlow 11