North Hertfordshire Beekeepers

Our intention to achieve best results is:

  1. 1. Make a Disease Recognition Chart, detailing pictures and facts about diseases to keep in the beekeepers basket, with instructions to get in touch with your local association/bee inspector.
  2. Hold an Apiary Meeting to “SHOW” beekeepers the correct way to perform tasks, paying particular attention to hygiene (encourage disposable gloves & Wellington boots) have soda bath available for two sets of tools etc.
  3. BIO Security – Provide advice for every beekeeper for incorporating processes into week by week operations.
    1. Be aware of pests that exist and threats to look out for.
    2. Use pest free stock and equipment, with methods of sanitisation.
    3. Record keeping, Monitoring, record & photograph.
    4. Know the Law and how to detect and report notifiable diseases.
  4. Our programme –
    1. Hold local indoor meetings to promote all training available within the area, both practical and theoretical.
    2. Promote via our website and social media channels and at all venues.
    3. Review available disease, Varroa treatments, and the correct methods of application.
    4. Obtain brochures from the national bee unit to hand out, obtain posters to educate at local events.
  5. We are all in this together – Introduce the National Bee Unit and promote the positive uses it has for the community.
    1. Register on BeeBase
    2. Meet our local bee Inspector!
    3. Join the local Association

The following are extracts from the Healthy Bees initiative issued by DEFRA in 2009.

Healthy Bee Plan

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