Tuesday 20th February – Joint Indoor Meeting with RyeNats in Kirbymoorside
A Paleontologist’s Perspective on the Evolutionary History of Bees
This was a fascinating, entertaining and incredibly informative presentation by Dr John Varker.
John retired from Sheffield University in 2005 after a lifetime working with fossils – large and small. Shortly afterwards the chance acquisition of some bee equipment triggered a fresh interest in not only honey bee husbandry, but also the facts and origins of the honey bee – especially those available on the internet. His talk meandered through examples of outrageous untruths and misinformation to nuggets of factual certainty, all beautifully illustrated with slide animation and examples. A thoroughly spellbinding experience and one enjoyed by a very full meeting room [extra chairs had to be borrowed from an adjacent room]. Many thanks John!
Tea and cakes were provided by RBKA although there was some collateral damage involving a lemon meringue pie – our sincere apologies to the pensioners of Kirbymoorside who lost one, it was unwittingly taken home for safe-keeping.
Tuesday 12th September 2017 – Indoor Meeting Wombleton
Fun with boxes, bowls and wax…
An evening of show and tell. Of tricks, tips and devices to make life easier and possibly more fun. From a man-bag nucleus box [the Nelson Box as it is known locally], gadgets to support frames whilst de-capping, simple recording sheets and homemade wax presses. A lot of other information was also shared – thanks to Stuart and Bruce who brought along equipment and shared their ideas, and also to those who came along and asked questions, made suggestions and participated in a most pleasant evening!
Sunday 14th May 2017 – Apiary Visit Oswaldkirk
Queen marking, swarm collection…and cake
Lots of interesting action, including an unsuccessful hunt for verroa on drone brood, the marking of a queen, sealed queen cells, the finding and hiving of a swarm and to wrap it all up fresh scones [two types], ginger cake, banana cake and tea.
A most interesting afternoon with lots to learn and new things to see, for everyone.
Thank you Keith!
Wednesday 10th May 2017 – Joint Meeting with Malton BKA
A walk in the park…
A gentle guided walk around the Yorkshire Arboretum with the Co-chair of Malton BKA, Nicola Hall, who is also a staff member there.
Erudite commentary on rare trees mixed with anecdotes of dead hedge building and a recent swarm from their apiary. A beautiful evening with excellent company and a wonderful array of cakes washed down with lashings of fresh-brewed tea…what could be better!
For those of you that couldn’t make it, you missed an excellent evening’s social.[RBKA Members also managed to win two of the raffle prizes]
Many thanks Malton!
Tuesday 10th January 2017 – RBKA Response to Asian Hornets…
A practical meeting..
The evening started with an exciting first-hand account of last year’s events in Tetbury.
The Tetbury Hunt for the hornet’s nest involved, amongst other things, tying tinsel to captured hornets to track their flight paths, hiring cherry pickers, opening cans of beer [to bait traps] and anaesthetising captured insects with carbon dioxide. During all this daring do, not a single bee inspector was injured…
Following this introduction the Chairman outlined the background to the new and improved RBKA trap and the stalwarts of RBKA then spent a constructive, Blue-Peter-evening building their own RBKA Nelson Traps from plastic bottles, garden wire and car repair mesh.
The finished product cost less than 50p to make.
Further information on the Asian hornet is available on this website.