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Devon County Show 2019
Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ
May 16th, 17th & 18th, 2019.  Showground open 8am onwards.  Trade stands open 9am to 6.30pm


Axe Vale Festival 2019
The Showground, The Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER

From 10am to 5:30 pm on Saturday 22nd June 2019
and from 10am to 5.30pm on Sunday 23rd June 2019



129th Honiton Show 2019
A Traditional Show for the farming Community – Thursday 1st August 2019
Show open from 8.00am – 6.00pm



National Events

Bee Trade Exhibition 2019
Saturday 9th March 2019, 9.00am to 4.30pm
NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.



BBKA Spring Convention 2019
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12th, 13th & 14th April 2019,

Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB



The National Honey Show 2019
The 88th National Honey Show will be open to the public from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October 2019.
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

Latest updates:

2019 Honiton Show Report

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.
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.
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.