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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".

GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 18

After lunch on Thursday I dropped a level to Intermediate in order to enjoy a very lively talk by Eleanor Attridge on Varroa Treatments. Eleanor is the FIBKA Bee Health Officer.  Her lecture was based on treatments currently legal in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 16

The first Senior lecture on Thursday morning was Bees/Beekeepers and the Environment by Willie O’Byrne.   He explained that they are interdependent and much more so now than in historic times. There are now more than twice as many hives as … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 15

Needing some exercise, I kept walking after the others had returned to the College from the tree walk. I went down the road opposite the Stamullen road to meet the main road, left to the Huntsman where I had a … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 14

After tea on Wednesday I skipped Mary Coffey giving an update on the National Apicultural Programme and, instead, went to an Intermediate talk by Dara Kilmartin on Winter Losses. The beekeeping year is a cycle with no start and end.  … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 13

After lunch on Wednesday I forsook the Senior lecture programme: Ireland’s other bees, in favour of an Intermediate one: Honey Marketing, or How to Make more Money from your Honey by Simon Rees, one of the best lecturers I know. As … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 12

After Mass we went to breakfast – the usual porage with honey and toast and jam. Then it was time for the first lecture: Adrian Douglas on Physico – Chemical Analysis of Honey.  That’s the same title as yesterday’s lecture … Continue reading

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