Copper Bee Apiary

A garden apiary in Whittlesford, Cambridge, UK - honey bees and their beekeeper Hilary van der Hoff.

EFB picture diary - Part II

OK, Part II isn’t very interesting. Really we’re all waiting for the April installment which is where we get to find out whether EFB is still menacing Copper Bee Apiary’s bees. If you missed Part I, it’s here. Anyway, Part II is about insurance.

Along with membership of the Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association (CBKA) comes bee diseases insurance (BDI), if you tick the right boxes on the application form and pay the right amount of money, which I do. My annual insurance premium is £5.25, which covers up to 10 hives.

Monday, 10th September 2018  - Completed claim form

Monday, 10th September 2018 - Completed claim form

On the day of destruction, the Bee Inspector filled in a claims document for me, which I then sent in to Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd along with my claim form and insurance certificate. What was destroyed in the fire was:

  • 2 colonies of bees

  • 22 brood frames of comb

  • 22 super frames

  • 4 pairs of frame runners

  • 64 wooden section boxes

BDI doesn’t attempt to put a price on the bees’ lives. There is no compensation for the loss of bees. What I get for the lost kit is:

Monday, 15th October 2018  - Cheque came in the post

Monday, 15th October 2018 - Cheque came in the post

A useful sum.

The actual replacement cost of the burned items, bought new from Thorne’s, is about twice that. That’s buying flat-pack, since buying assembled is very expensive and, for me, unnecessary. I’ll assemble it myself (that’s what Novembers are for).

I will also need to replace the 11 brood frames of comb that Mab’s colony are on, since those will be destroyed after performing the shook swarm in the spring.

Also on my Thorne’s shopping list are a couple of those lateral flow devices for detecting EFB. Had I had one in my beekeeping kit this summer, perhaps I would have been able to diagnose the disease myself when I first thought I saw something amiss.

Time to go shopping.

Update: Part III.

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