First BCB Meeting: 30th May 2010

Sunday 30th May- The Old Rectory, Flixton

Bungay Community Bees had its’ first meeting on Sunday 30th May. Several members have joined as families or couples, so the room quickly filled up. After the all-important tea and cake, introductions were made, most people appear to have honey-bee numbers, rather than honey production, as a prime motive for belonging to the group.

After a short discussion some future ideas for the group to think about emerged:

  • Queen rearing (to start new colonies) versus honey production
  • Presentations and talks to schools, interest groups, and in the library courtyard
  • Trying 2 different types of top-bar hives (long box and Warre) as well as British National hives
  • Future events: hive visits, honey extraction, preparing for the winter, top bar hives, disease, opening up in spring
  • Bee friendly gardening / food plant mapping project (Charlotte and Eloise are leading on this)
  • Using the Sustainable Bungay section in the library for our resources (bottom shelf near the computers)
  • A reminder that we are ‘blogging’ on the Sustainable Bungay website (www.sustainablebungay.com)
  • Dorcas and Georgie are currently attending the Waveney Beekeeper’s beginners course, with a view to looking after hives next year and are thoroughly enjoying it.

    There was a trip to locate a suitable site for two hives: we found a good location in a sunny spot, near some water and protected from the wind.

    The afternoon ended with some enthusiastic volunteers having to be prised away from their hammers and 20 frames filling 2 supers (honey boxes).

    If you have any thoughts on the topics above, or have a driving ambition to see something particular happen please let us know. The group is for all of us to do the very best we can for the honey bee, in any way we can.

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