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Dear Members,
It is with deep regret, that EDBK is suspending all meetings and activities for the foreseeable future. Under the current coronavirus guidelines, it is essential we respect the situation and the health of our members and that of their families.
Beginners classes are being looked at and we hope to be able to offer some sort of remote tuition.
We will keep you all up to date as and when the situation changes.
Alasdair Bruce (Acting Chair).

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Winter Programme 2020-2021 (PDF file)


Winter Programme 2020-2021

DATE

VENUE

SUBJECT / SPEAKER

INFORMATION

Thursday
1st October
1930hrs
Virtual
‘The Bee Farmer’s Work Arounds’
Talk by Dan Basterfield
Dan is probably our most experienced and certainly our most qualified member. He manages over 100 colonies and earns his living, in one way or another, from bees. Who better to explain how one can work efficiently to the benefit of both the bees and the beekeeper?
Thursday
5th November
1930hrs
Virtual
Branch AGM
President Hilary Kirkcaldie
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“What I did during my lockdown”
The Business
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Jan Morse and others tell us about their activities.
Thursday
3rd December
1930hrs
Virtual
“From Start up to Kilnasaggart”. The O’Hagan Meadery – “Maximising your beekeeping income.”
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Discussion
Thomas O’Hagan is a recent Beekeeping Beginner and has gone from debutante to triple winner in the Great Taste awards, a National prize, in double quick time. Now a fully commercial operation with a range of products sold across the South West, it is an inspiring story and on our doorstep.
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Selling Experiences: what sells, which markets, prices, via retail vs personal
Saturday
12th December
1000hrs Note Time
Virtual
DBKA AGM
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Honey Marketing and fraud. A talk by Lynne Ingram
DBKA Business, followed by a most interesting, and alarming, talk on Honey Marketing and Fraud.
Thursday
7th January
1930hrs
Kilmington
Village Hall
OR
Virtual
“The Black Bee – our Past or our Future?”. A talk by Jo Widdicombe
Jo is President of the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Association, BIBBA, but is not only an advocate of native and near native, locally adapted bees he is also a bee farmer managing his colonies in Cornwall. He therefore knows the value of productive stock. With BIBBA promoting a nationwide Queen Improvement Programme, who better to discuss how to get the right genetic stock without resort to imports, and whether blackness matters.
Thursday
4th February
1930hrs
Kilmington
Village Hall
OR
Virtual
“Drone Congregation Areas”: a DARG Project
Presentation by Richard Simpson, Graham Kingham and Peter Weller.
Devon Apicultural Research Group: where do drones and queens go to mate and how do they behave when they get there? How do you even start to look? Sounds like a job for citizen science. Some interesting observations to explore.
Thursday
4th March
1930hrs
Kilmington
Village Hall
OR
Virtual
“Pollinator Landscaping, a Roadside Story?”
Talk by Leonardo Guber and Dan Field
Leonardo is Senior Ecologist with Highways England. Dan recently retired from the same organisation specialising in land acquisition, highway law, management training. Who better to lead us through the intricacies of road planning, building, with both human and animal users, particularly insects, in mind. A road is a linear wildflower meadow. Right?
Thursday
1st April
1930hrs
Kilmington
Village Hall
OR
Virtual
“Varroa: still a danger; still a chemical solution?”
Talk by Richard Ball
Richard is a retired National Bee Inspector and a national authority on the varroa mite. Daily monitoring the natural mite drop in his colonies in Colaton Raleigh he has an in-depth knowledge of varroa population dynamics as well as interesting solutions for chemical and non-chemical control.

 

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