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WBKA – The Last Lecture – Seeley

I skipped Carys Edwards’ lecture on Honey Showing as it isn’t a subject that interests me.  Instead I went into the adjacent building and looked at the stalls there. The NBU had some frames with foulbrood on show and we … Continue reading

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WBKA – Sunday morning: Bee Farming

The talk mid-morning was by Margaret Ginman, General Secretary of the Bee Farmers’ Association and was titled: Climbing the Beekeeping Ladder.  Unusually, the talk was without Powerpoint so the lights were left on and we could see and visually interact … Continue reading

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WBKA – Sunday Morning -Pickard

Sunday morning began well enough. I got up early, packed and breakfasted as the keys to the room had to be handed in before 9.30 (although they had granted us some slack).  I fetched my car from the park about … Continue reading

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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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