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Some of the activities East Devon Beekeepers participate in during the course of the beekeeping year

Honiton Show 2017

International Meeting of Young Beekeepers 2017

IMYB 2017 was held at Marlborough College in July and attended by 19 teams speaking 13 different languages!

All the participants were divided up into small international teams, each team identified by their own coloured baseball cap. The tasks included activities such as frame making, grafting larvae, inspection and handling bees to show the competitors basic skills. Other tasks required problem solving with discussion and team working.

The assessments took place in the mornings. On the first afternoon the competitors were treated to a tour of Stonehenge and on the second afternoon they all departed for a DCA hunt on nearby Marlborough Downs.

  • Testing hive manipulation skills
    Testing hive manipulation skills

Images © David Shale, official stills photographer to IMYB




Branch Activities

'Hands on' instruction with the Bee Inspector Bees showing their Nasanov gland during swarm collection Honey bee queen laying egg in comb surrounded by attendant workers Lateral Flow Device for detection and confirmation of honeybee disease Queen cell produced during our queen rearing programme Rescue of a bee colony found in a felled tree Hunting a drone congregation area (DCA)


Bees in Tree

East Devon Beekeepers were called out mid-winter
to contain some wild bees in a beech tree in Sidmouth.
The nest entrance was about 25′ off the ground.

Bees in treeWorkmen were not happy about taking the top out of the tree while the bees were free to fly.
Bee nest in treeThe hole inside the tree was nearly a meter wide!
The entrance was about 3" in diameter.
Top removed from treeWhile the top branches were taken out of the tree the nest entrance was covered with mesh bedded on foam to ensure no bees escaped.
Mesh over nest entranceCloseup of the mesh and foam temporary entrance block.
Very simple, but it worked. No one was stung.