As always, an observation hive attracts attention.
As always, an observation hive attracts attention.


Saturday 5th November 2016 – Venue: Sparsholt Hampshire, SO21 2NF – Duration: 1 Day

Keynote speakers are
Dan Basterfield speaking on dances and Margaret Murdin on the role of the queen bee.

Optional morning lectures are Derek Mitchell on Ratio of colony mass to hive thermal conductance or Ian and Ruth Homer on Changing Comb the reasons and methods.

Optional afternoon lectures are a choice of either
Pam Hunter – How nutrition affects colony health or
Julian Parker RBI – A look at pests and diseases in 2016 in the UK and Europe

Cost: £25.00

For more information contact: Nicola Moxey – Email: [email protected]


Trade stands

Compak glass
Thornes supplies
Northern Bee Books


Margaret Murdin – The Queen

This talk will cover all aspects of the queen, her relationship with other members of the colony and her role in colony cohesion. What makes a good queen and how should we, or the , select? What exactly does the queen do and how does she do it? How does she know when to or when to stop laying? Who is in charge in the colony and how is that control exercised. The queen is the mother of all the colony members but does she control them?

Dan Basterfield – Bee Dances

Since the Nobel prize-winning work of von Frisch, we have understood that honeybees use three dances to advertise and communicate sources of food. More recent research, using modern video equipment, challenges the accepted view of these dances. This lecture reviews the original work of von Frisch and his contemporaries, and that of current researchers such as Seeley, to look at how our understanding of this fascinating aspect of bee behaviour is changing.


Choice of morning lectures

Derek Mitchell  – Ratio of Colony Mass to hive thermal conductance – why it is important to

Ian and Ruth Homer – Changing Combs – looking at the reasons for and methods of changing combs within a hive. It also covers recovering the wax from the old combs and cleaning up the frames.


Choice of afternoon lectures

Pam hunter – How Nutrition affects Colony health

What do bees require as food and where do they get it from? The details of just how the basic food sources are collected and how they are utilised by the bee will be described and we will also consider how the individual bee and thus the colony can cope with adverse external conditions. How does the super-organism respond to a dearth of pollen or no nectar flow and will this result in poor health?

Julian Parker RBI – When, What, Why and What Next?

A look at Bee Pests and Diseases in 2016, UK and Europe Our new Regional Bee Inspector has returned to work in the Southern region from the beginning of this year. Julian has worked for the NBU for seven years, five of those in our region before moving to be RBI of the Southeastern region in 2014


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