Monthly Archives: July 2018

WBKA Saturday evening

The main event on Saturday evening was the Gala Dinner but before that there was a short talk by Eric Verge who was evacuated to Lampeter in 1939 and was there introduced to beekeeping.  He soon joined up and during … Continue reading

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WBKA Saturday pm. The Honeybees of the Arnot Forest. Tom Seeley

The Arnot Forest in in the northern part of New York state. The soil is poor for agriculture so mostly the land is left alone for nature to take over.   Tom started watching the bees there in 1977. In 1978 … Continue reading

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WBKA Saturday mid-afternoon: Wally Shaw

I met Wally and his wife, Jenny, on the way to the pub on Friday evening and we joined a quiz. We also shared a table at the grand dinner on Saturday evening.  His name was ringing bells with me … Continue reading

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WBKA Saturday post prandial Prof.

After lunch there was a choice of lectures: Mike Brown on 30 years evolution of the National Bee Unit and Professor Francis Ratnieks on the Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health and Well Being.  I chose the latter.  I first … Continue reading

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WBKA Introduction to the Bee Survey

Victoria took the stage when Mairi Knight stepped down.  She’s a PhD student aT Plymouth University and is running a Bee Survey project. The aim is to measure: Temperament Drone brood timing Cell size Prolificacy Worker and Queen longevity Thriftiness … Continue reading

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WBKA Saturday morning 3rd Lecture: AMM

The main speaker was Dr Mairi Knight of Plymouth and her subject was UK native dark bees, Aps mellifera mellifera; adaptive traits, genetic signatures and priorities for conservation.  They have a project, supported by NERC and B4 (Bring Back Black … Continue reading

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WBKA Saturday 2nd Lecture

This lecture was by Professor Robert Pickard, one of the very best lecturers I’ve come across!  His subject was ‘Wonderful Things About Bees’ and looked at the evolution of honeybees and the impact they have made on so many other … Continue reading

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