With thanks to the presenters involved, the BBKA is delighted to bring you several of the presentations from the 2021 Spring Convention.
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Lynfa Davies, Spring Cleaning the Honey Bee Way
Practical advice on how to ensure your bees are working on clean, fresh comb. Lynfa describes the importance of regular comb changes and the impact this has on the health and productivity of the colony. She also looks at the conditions and resources that bees need for quick, uniform comb production. Different methods for changing comb in the brood nest are demonstrated. 

Lynfa Davies has been keeping bees with her husband Rob for approximately 15 years. She has 20 hives in and around her home near Aberystwyth. She is a Master Beekeeper and in 2019 achieved the NDB qualification. She enjoys sharing information with beekeepers to help them to learn the skills and knowledge that contribute towards successful beekeeping.



Prof Keith Delaplane, How honey bees use genetics to solve their problems and what we can learn from it
This presentation describes the evolutionary history of honey bee polyandry - the queen’s habit of mating with multiple males. Polyandry is thought to improve colony health by increasing in-nest genetic diversity and positive synergies between worker specialist groups at performing tasks. With its emphasis on genetic diversity, polyandry is a marked contrast to human-managed breeding schemes which focus on short-term gains in narrow specialist traits. Professor Delaplane presents new research from his lab that compares and contrasts outcomes from the two approaches. Rather than finding them antagonistic, evidence suggests the two approaches can be integrated to optimize honey bee health.

Prof Keith Delaplane oversees honey bee research, instruction, and outreach at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, USA. He is a frequent lecturer on behalf of bee science across the English-speaking world. In 2014 he was recognised by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his research and outreach efforts in the United Kingdom.



Keynote Address BBKA Spring Convention 2021: Tipping Points and Perceptions

It is an understatement to say that humankind faces many challenges many of which are of its own creation. Honey bees and humans have had a long relationship and species of the genus Apis, and many other bee species have contributed greatly to human civilisation around the world. The British Isles are no exception to this. Our reliance on pollinators and the particular contribution made by the honey bees should be front and centre in our society’s planning for the future. This short presentation considers several topics and introduces the question as to whether we have reached a series of tipping points in our beekeeping and whether our current practices and perceptions really are fit for purpose and in the best interests of our honey bee.

Dr David Aston is a Master Beekeeper having kept bees continuously for 40 years in the East Riding Of Yorkshire. He holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping, has been Chairman of the Board and was recently invited to re-join its Executive . He has contributed to the work of the BBKA for many years and has served as Chair of Trustees and is now a Past President. He’s also a Trustee of the CB Dennis British Beekeepers Research Trust.



Lecture Sponsored by CB Dennis trust