GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 17

The second senior lecture on Thursday morning was Otto Boecking on Pollen Needs for Honeybee Colonies.  This was a short talk and he got through it in about 20 minutes.

Bees need pollen for the amino acids.  Supply and demand means that they need to hoard it for when the supply diminishes but the demand is still there.  A hive will get through about 35.7 kg (I guesstimate that to be about 80 lb) of pollen in a year. Feeding pollen has no effect on brood rearing.

If your honey contains GMO pollen in it you have to declare it.

Never EVER use pollen from a source you don’t know!  It may contain disease eg, AFB.

Lunch was soup, quiche and spud fingers.  I sold a copy of Bees vs People, leaving me with 2. It was raining outside for a while, then came sunshine.

I went to the office and booked for next year: 11th – 16th August 2019. I showed Michael Gleeson that my pen’s getting very short of ink so he gave me 2 more!


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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2 Responses to GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 17

  1. Chris, hello! I recently came across this rather inspiring film – and wondered if you might book him in to give a talk at Gormanston next year!? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56XTFNODHq0&feature=youtu.be

    • Thanks, Merrily! I enjoyed watching the film. I have a hive of a similar design myself, currently suspended in a tree at Hooke but, although I have seen the occasional bee investigating, no swarm has moved in yet. I don’t do the bookings for Gormanston, I’m merely an enthusiastic regular visitor, but I’m sure somebody from the team will view this and possibly consider your suggestion.

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