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Take the Sting Out of Summer With the Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Association

The Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping (HDBA) group is on the case, taking the sting out of summer. Last year, the group received over 200 calls for help removing bees from chimneys, chimney stacks, trees and buildings. It’s a breathtaking sight to see a honey bee swarm, especially on a hot, sultry day in late spring or early summer when the sky is clear and the honey bees are swarming.

Huddersfield

The Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Society is ready to take the sting out of summer. They have been busy removing honey bees from chimneys, buildings, and trees. The sight of a swarm of honey bees can be breathtaking, especially on a sultry early summer day. The Association has a beekeeping centre that hosts regular open days for the public.

Yvonne

Yvonne from the Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping association started her beekeeping hobby six years ago and has now gained 60 members. She has a passion for bees and also teaches children how to keep them. She also keeps a small flock of hens at Ashbrow School. Her enthusiasm for bees has led her to be involve in the Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Association, which has become the home of the HDBKA.

Ashbrow School

Beekeeping is something that has become a popular hobby amongst schoolchildren, and the Huddersfield and District Bee KeepingAssociation at Ashbrow School is the perfect example. The school’s one-acre site features a poly tunnel for beehives and a chicken coop. Yvonne, who started keeping bees six years ago, also has a small flock of hens.

David and Jane Richards Family Foundation

The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation is proud to support the Huddersfield and District Bee KeepingAssociation. The foundation is led by David Richards, a Sheffield-born technology entrepreneur who also enjoys beekeeping. Through the foundation, practical initiatives in beekeeping and computer science are supported. The foundation’s recent grant of £60,000 is a testament to its mission.

New membership system

The Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Alliance is proud to announce its new online membership system. It will provide members with a single login to manage their membership, as well as access to member-only content. All members who renew their membership will receive an email reminder about their renewal and will be prompted to create a password to access member-only content. Once a member registers with their new username and password, they will be able to access exclusive member-only content.

Ivy Mining Bees

Ivy mining bees are relatively new to the UK and are often visible in autumn. They are medium to large in size with broad, orange/yellow striped abdomens. The females are slightly larger than honeybees, and the hives are typically filled with only a small colony. These bees are not to be confused with honeybees, and are not classified by the BBKA as a subspecies.

European Hornets

The introduction of the European hornet was made possible by the Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Group. A hornet is a small, black bee with a long, thin body and legs.  Their activity period is between April and November, with a peak in August/September. Their leg color is yellow or brown with a black band running across the front of the abdomen.

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