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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


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.

News & Events

What’s that Buzz? Plants hear when bees are coming
New research has shown that plants can ‘hear’ sounds around them and flowers respond to the buzz of approaching bees by producing sweeter nectar. The research biologists from Tel Aviv University played recordings of flying bee sounds to evening primrose flowers and found that after a few minutes the sugar concentration in the flower’s nectar had increased by 20% on average when compared with flowers left in silence or submitted to higher pitched sounds.
The authors of the report say that, for the first time, they have shown plants can rapidly respond to pollinator sounds in an ecologically relevant way.
Producing sweeter nectar in response to the sounds of bees can help entice the insects to visit the flowers and increase the chances of its pollen being distributed.
Thanks to Ann P. for spotting this article in the Times.
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