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 BEE IMPROVEMENT FOR ALL by Roger Patterson – 27 January 2018 at Portishead (9.30am – 4.30pm)

THE AIM is to encourage “ordinary” (that’s most of us!) amateur Beekeepers to assess their colonies with a view to improving their bees using criteria they set themselves, which could include improved temper and suitability to the locality

Simple recording will give information on which colonies to cull and which to breed from. There is encouragement to make use of some of the opportunities given to us by the bees to rear queens using natural methods, e.g. a swarming colony, as well as some of the simpler “artificial” methods that will suit the beekeeper or group who needs more queens. All suggested methods are easily understood and suitable for all beekeepers, whether they are beginners or more experienced.

There will be a number of ideas and options given in an unbiased way. Beekeepers should learn more, so they are better equipped to decide what characteristics they want in their bees in order to improve them and how they can achieve it.

THE EVENT IS AIMED AT everyone.  The “All” in the title is intentional.  Attendees have included those who have not got bees yet and beekeepers of 50+ years experience. Where appropriate, it is largely based on “conventional” beekeeping, but it is also suitable for “natural” beekeepers. Feedback suggests many attendees have learnt a lot, some of which is not in books.

The presentation has no practical element. The main intention is to help beekeepers prepare for the next season.

THE EVENT opens at 9am for a 9.30am start with 4 x 75 minute sessions with 30 minutes break between the 2 morning and 2 afternoon sessions and a 1 hour break for lunch.  Tea, coffee, squash and water will be provided between 9am – 9.30am and for the two 30 minute breaks and during the lunch break.  You must provide your own lunch. There are shops/supermarket within 7 minutes walk.

It is recommended that you car share (this will save money and the environment).  The event will take place at The Folk Hall, Portishead run by Portishead Town Council, 95 High Street, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6PR.  The Folk Hall has parking facilities on the opposite side of the road.  There are other car parks within walking distance.

EVENT APPLICATION, COST AND PAYMENT  Early application is recommended as these events have proved to be very popular.  All attendees must complete the online form that follows.  Cost is £10/head (£5/head for accompanied beekeepers under 18).  Payment is preferred by Online Bank transfer: Lloyds Bank, sort code 30-99-51. Account No 01839153. Make sure you put your “SurnameBIFA” as the reference, example: “SmithBIFA”.  Cheques should be made out to North Somerset Beekeepers and posted to John Banks, Little Orchard, Church Lane, Tickenham, BS21 6SD.


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