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East Devon Beekeepers Committee Members and Other Contacts

Chairman – John Badley
Tel:     01404 814 852
Email: chairman@edbk.co.uk

Vice Chairman – Alasdair Bruce
Tel:     01404 881 589

Secretary – Val Bone
Email:  secretary@edbk.co.uk
Charandale, Luton, Payhembury, EX14 3HZ

Treasurer – Keith Bone
Tel:     01404 841 629
Email: treasurer@edbk.co.uk
Charandale, Luton, Payhembury, EX14 3HZ

Membership Secretary – Val Bone
Email:  membership@edbk.co.uk
Charandale, Luton, Payhembury, EX14 3HZ

Librarian – Nick Silver
Email: librarian@edbk.co.uk

Apiary Manager – David Shale
Tel:     01297 552 999
Mob:   07871 846 415
Email: davidmshale@mac.com

Education & Courses – Richard Simpson
Tel:      07900 492 242
Email:  education@edbk.co.uk

Website – John Badley
Email: webmaster@edbk.co.uk

Seasonal Bee Inspector, David Packham – Exeter, East Devon and Tiverton
Tel:    07775 119 463
Email: david.packham@apha.gov.uk

News & Events

The selfish case for saving bees: it’s how to save ourselves
These crucial pollinators keep our world alive. Yes, they are under threat – but all is not lost.  Click here to read the article.
Outbreak of EFB reported
An outbreak of EFB has been reported by one of our members about ‘5km east of Hawkchurch’. If you live in the area and are not yet on BeeBase we would recommend you go to the BeeBase website as soon as possible to register. This will ensure you are informed of any threats in your area.
World’s largest bumblebee under threat.
The Patagonian bumblebee, the worlds largest bumblebee, is under threat from the import of species native to Europe.The growth of the bumblebee trade for agricultural pollination since the 1980s has been identified as one of the top emerging environmental issues likely to affect global diversity.Follow this link to read the article.
Best plants for bees: 5 yr study results by RosyBee
Follow the link to see the results of 5 years of monitoring which bees visit a variety of ‘bee-friendly’ plants.
http://www.rosybee.com/research
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.