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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".

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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WBKA Saturday 1st Lecture

The speaker was Professor Tom Seeley and his subject was the bee colony as a honey factory.  The youngest bees in the colony are nurses for their larval sisters until they’re about 10 days old. Then, until about 19 days … Continue reading

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WELSH BKA: Friday aftenoon

The trouble with taking notes during a lecture is that while you’re scribbling the speaker has moved on so my jottings aren’t too thorough. The first speaker was Prof Tom Seeley on the subject of how a swarm chooses its … Continue reading

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WELSH BKA 75th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

I’m just back from that event, which was held at Aberystwyth University from Friday 13th ’til Sunday 15th July.  The main speakers were Professors Robert Pickard, Francis Ratnieks and Tom Seeley, all of whom are excellent and have, over the … Continue reading

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD!

Yesterday I received an email from a couple in Beaminster whom I’d never met or heard of, asking me for help with their bees.  The lady, Gill, volunteers at the local Museum and so her path crosses that of Colin … Continue reading

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THE SWARMING SEASON’S HERE AT LAST!

Over the decades I’ve been involved with many swarms. The earliest hived itself in one of my hives in the first week of April last year and the latest, many years ago, was a tiny cast on the 4th September. … Continue reading

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BEES vs PEOPLE

With the aid of my friend Miranda, who is far more computer literate than I am, we have created a second, prettier, edition of Bee People (which is still obtainable as ‘print on demand’ from Amazon) and re-titled it Bees vs … Continue reading

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