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East Devon Beekeepers – Winter Programme 2018 – 2019

Events Colour Code:
Green = external site of beekeeping or general interest
Red = Beginners Event, Things you Must Know in Year 1 and beyond
Black = Things you Should Know and Practice

 

DATE VENUE SUBJECT / SPEAKER INFORMATION
Thursday 4th October 2018, 1930 hrs Kilmington Village Hall ‘Grubs up’ Talk by Dr Heather Gibbard The new superfood is…closer to home than you think! Heather is an entomologist (and East Devon Member) with a passion for insects, and knows they are good enough to eat.
Thursday 1st November 2018, 1930 hrs Kilmington Village Hall Branch AGM followed by talk ‘What Surrey bees can teach us’ The AGM is your chance to hear what the Branch has done, decide what it should do, and elect Officers and Committee. This will be followed by a short talk by Evelyn and Gerald Pelham on what they have learned from being trained by a leading bee farmer in Surrey.
Thursday 6th December 2018, 1930 hrs Kilmington Village Hall ‘Here is one I made earlier’ A chance for Members to show off their inventions, plus a special supper.
Thursday 10th January 2019, 1930 hrs Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall DT6 6RF. Joint Meeting with West Dorset BK. ‘Medicinal Apitherapy: A journey into the healing hive’ with Dr Gerry Brierley An ‘Accidental Apitherapist’ and beekeeper, Gerry opens up the hive’s natural pharmacy and will uncover the medicinal properties of honey, drone larva, pollen, bee bread, Royal Jelly and propolis.
Thursday 7th February 2019, 1930 hrs Kilmington Village Hall ‘Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus – the Problem, Defences and Treatment’ Talk by Clare Densley CBPV is one of over 20 identified bee viruses. Get up to date with the help of Buckfast Abbey’s bee expert, Clare Densley.
Thursday 7th March 2019, 1930 hrs Kilmington Village Hall ‘Bees: importance of diversity and relationships with flowering plants’ Talk by Brigit Strawbridge Nationally known ecologist, broadcaster and beekeeper, Brigit explains that no single species has it all, either as a pollinator or a food source. Diversity is essential but under-appreciated.
Thursday 4th April 2019, 1930 hrs Kilmington Village Hall ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ Talk by Lynne Ingram Master Beekeeper and Psychologist, Lynne considers the role of dance communication in colony wellbeing. Come, learn and enjoy this insight into the colony mind from a knowledgeable beekeeper and able communicator.

Latest updates:
2019 Beginners Course
2019 Membership details

Recent update = Honiton Show

Recent update = Asian hornet page

 

News & Events

Scientists sew trackers to Asian Hornets to find and destroy nests before they kill honeybees
Britain’s beekeepers are turning to technology to prevent aggressive Asian hornets destroying their colonies. In a first successful trial, experts at the University of Exeter attached tracking devices to the backs of the voracious hornets and then followed them back to their nests.
Asian hornet information
The June edition of the BBKA News has extensive information about the Asian hornet threat. In particular, pages 209 and 210 have full colour reproductions of the Asian hornet alert document issued by the Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for you to cut out and use as your personal guide to identification of this invasive species.
EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides
More information can be found at:          https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/eu-agrees-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
LATEST ASIAN HORNET WARNING
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of a single Asian hornet in Lancashire. More information can be found in the Defra Press release:   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire