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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 20

Roger Patterson delivered the Dave Cushman memorial talk : The Journey to Sustainability.  To reduce several pages of notes to a sentence: Ban Imports! At 9pm the quiz started.  I was in a team with John, Mollie and Jill. John … Continue reading

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ANOTHER DARG DAY

We met this time at Uplowman village hall, near Tiverton in East Devon and had a good number of people from 3 or 4 counties.  The main subject of the day was hive hygiene but, as usual, we covered a … Continue reading

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GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 19

The lecture after tea on Thursday was Honey from Blossom to Jar by John Hendrie.  It was a very technical talk full of scientific details.  I took five pages of notes, some of which I can read.  I shall just … Continue reading

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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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