Chart your honeybee season with Vita’s free infographic
A customisable infographic for beekeepers to record their honeybee season is now available for download from the website of Vita (Europe) Ltd, the honeybee health specialist.
My Beekeeping Year is a fun, A4-sized seasonal chart for beekeepers to note down memorable events during their beekeeping year. Anyone can register for free to download it here: www.vita-europe.com/gallery. (Existing users of the Vita Photo Gallery need not re-register.)
“As we travel around beekeeping countries, we frequently hear beekeepers speak of the strangest season or the biggest or the smallest harvest they’ve ever experienced. But seasons merge into one another and it’s difficult to keep track of what happened when”, said Sebastian Owen, Commercial Development Manager of Vita. “So we are providing a simple, fun way for beekeepers to record each year and look back over the past to recall each season.”
Sebastian Owen continued: “Everyone has their own special season indicators – it may be the date of the flowering of the first nectar-producing plant, the first date they dare open their hives, or when they see the first swarm preparations. The infographic is flexible enough for people to enter whatever they like year by year.”
As seasons in each of the hemispheres come to a close Vita will invite beekeepers to share their infographics on the Vita website, so that beekeepers across the world can get a feel for what the season was like for their neighbours and how beekeeping seasons vary across the world.
The infographic template is available in the Vita Gallery www.vita-europe.com/gallery where registered users can also download the Vita 2015 Calendar as well as hundreds of bee-related photos for use in talks and for general learning.
Notes To Editors
Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.
Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.
Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controls, foulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps , Small Hive Beetle traps and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.
Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.
Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.
As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.
See www.vita-europe.com for more information and a web app which can be accessed at www.healthybeeguide.com.
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Stephen Fleming at Palam Communications
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