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The Sussex Beekeepers' Association Annual Convention was held at the Uckfield Civic Centre on 16th November 2013 and was well attended.
Useful information for attendees:
At the Hive Entrance: H Storch (18Mb pdf)
The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI)
Livescribe Smart Pen
- Fit for Purpose - the structure of the Adult Worker Bee - John Farmer
- Colony Loss - The Reasons Behind It - Norman Carreck
- How Plants Solve Crime - Dr Michael Keith-Lucas
- Beekeeper to Bee Farmer - Making the Transition - Margaret Ginman
- Managing Honey Bees for a Healthy Outcome - Ian Homer
Dr Michael Keith–Lucas was Senior Tutor in Plant Sciences at the University of Reading until his retirement seven years ago. He is President of Reading and
District Gardeners' Association, President of Reading and District Natural History Society, and Chairman of
the local region (mid-Berks.) of the Wildlife Trust.
The talk discusses the use of pollen to establish when a crime took place, and also to help link a suspect to a scene of crime. It will also concentrate on honey fraud, and solving some of the problems encountered by beekeepers with establishing where their bees have been, particularly if it affects the quality of the honey.
Norman Carreck has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years and a bee research scientist for more than 20. From 1987 to 2006 he was employed at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, mainly working on bee pollination ecology, bee behaviour and bee diseases.
He is now Science Director of the International Bee Research Association, Senior Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research and a research scientist at the University of Sussex.
In the last ten years, extensive losses of honey bee colonies have been reported from many countries worldwide. There has been much speculation about the causes. Despite much publicity about implausible causes, consensus seems to be emerging that long term declines are primarily caused by long term changes in land use, while pests and diseases are the main drivers of short term declines. The degree to which other factors such as pesticides are involved have proved controversial, and in the UK, bad weather has recently been an important contributory factor.
Ian Homer has been a Regional Bee Inspector for Southern England and is currently an elected Trustee of the British Beekeepers’ Association.
The talk includes sections on notifiable diseases, other brood diseases, nosema, acarine, varroa management and control and hygiene.
John Farmer has been keeping bees for some 25 years, He has a degree in Biological Sciences and spent many years as a Head of Science teaching Biology in schools. He is treasurer of the Eastbourne and District division of Sussex Beekeepers’ Association.
The talk is an illustrated 'dissection' of the worker bee, looking at the structural adaptations which enable it to multitask so effectively.
Margaret Ginman is currently chairman of the High Weald Division of Sussex Beekeepers’ Association.
She is also General Secretary of the Bee Farmers’ Association (BFA). The BFA is the voice of professional bee farmers in the UK. It is the largest contract pollinator in the country and our members are responsible for almost all the migratory pollination. They are also responsible for the majority of British honey sold
in bulk to honey packers.
Full membership requires 40 hives and sponsorship by a BFA member who knows the applicant as a beekeeper.
In her role as General Secretary Margaret represents the BFA nationally, at EU level and internationally.
One of the biggest projects being undertaken by the BFA at the moment is the introduction of an Apprenticeship Scheme to attract young people into bee farming as a career.
Her talk will discuss the steps up the ladder from hobbyist to professional.