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Devon County Show 2018
Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ
May 17th, 18th & 19th, 2018.  Showground open 8am onwards.  Trade stands open 9am to 6.30pm

Axe Vale Festival 2018
The Showground, The Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER
Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 10am to 6pm
Sunday 24th June 2018 from 10am to 5.30pm

128th Honiton Show 2018
A Traditional Show for the farming Community – Thursday 2nd August 2018
Show open from 8.00am – 6.00pm   www.honitonshow.co.uk/


National Events

Bee Trade Exhibition 2018
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 9.00am to 4.30pm
Hall H3, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.      www.beetradex.co.uk

BBKA Spring Convention 2018
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13th, 14th & 15th April 2018, Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB


The National Honey Show 2018
The 87th National Honey Show will be open to the public from Thursday 25th October – Saturday 27th October 2018
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

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News & Events

Axminster Tools & Machinery
Free event
Sat 29 September 2018
11:00 – 14:00 hrs
at the Axminster Store – An introduction To Bee Keeping With East Devon Beekeepers

There’s a great deal of interest in bees these days … would you like to find out what it is all about?Our ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ event will be hosted by John Badley, Chairman of East Devon Beekeepers, who will cover the history of hive design, definition and importance of bee space and required materials for construction. This will be followed by a demonstration by the Axminster team, on how to build the key components of your own wooden beehives.

John’s presentation will start at 11am and should run for about an hour, and he’ll be available for questions and one-to-one discussions afterwards. This is a free event, between 11:00-14:00, with light refreshments provided so come and find out what all the buzz is about!

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
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of a single Asian hornet in Lancashire. More information can be found in the Defra Press release:   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire