Monthly Archives: August 2016

GORMANSTON 2016 – part 14

The next lecture on Wednesday morning was Jamie Ellis: Addressing the Sustainability of Beekeeping in the 21st Century. First he ran over what he does in his laboratory. He pointed out that pollination is more important than honey production in … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2016 – part 13

The first Senior lecture of the day, Wednesday, was by Keith Pierce on ‘From Egg to Incubator to Laying Queen’.  There were computer/projector problems so the lecture didn’t start until 20 minutes late. There were spelling and apostrophe problems too! … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2016 – part 12

After dinner, it was time for the Honey Show prize giving and queen-right supersedure as Maraid relinquished her sash which then adorned the new queen, Colette O’Connell. Most of the prizes went to the usual suspects and I didn’t keep … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2016 -part 11

It was time for Tuesday’s next lecture: Eamon Magee on Swarming Prevention and Control and Using the Swarming Instinct to Your Advantage. “Most healthy colonies will attempt to swarm once a year.” Tom Seeley Why do bees swarm? To increase … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2016 – part 10

The first lecture after lunch was Tom Prendergast on the subject of 10 hives : 500 pounds of honey. He took it at the gallop and I, and others, had the usual post-prandial powerpoint problem: nodding off at times. As … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2015 – part 9

Time for coffee and biscuits, then back to the hall for the next lecture: Jamie Ellis on ‘Honeybees as Superorganisms’. I got the timing wrong, assuming that it was an 11.30 start rather than 11.15, so I snuck in and … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2016 -part 8

Again I was awake and up earlier than usual and was early in the queue for breakfast, skipping the porage as I’d discovered where they’d hidden the muesli and yoghurt. The first lecture of the day, Tuesday, was Bee Health: … Continue reading

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