Beekeeping has wide ranging appeal with different practices around the world yet many similarities.
This year, we look further afield and get universal answers to local issues combining science and practicality.
A welcome return to one of our leading bee scientists, Steve Martin is the Professor of Social Entomology at Salford University. Steve was the first scientist to look at the varroa problem in Britain when the mite first arrived in the nineties. He has conducted research in Hawaii, Japan and Brazil and is presently interested in the effects of Deformed Wing Virus, DMV. He has a very “easy to listen to” style of lecturing and imparts his knowledge effortlessly. The “ghosts in the Hive lecture shows the extraordinary ways in which Varroa mites “hide” from the bees.
Adam Leitch has recently attained his National Diploma in Beekeeping and will take us on a trip through the bees anatomy and organ function. Adam combines fascinating facts with everyday beekeeping needs. His forage lecture will look at bee food from a different angle.
Pam Hunter returns with a insight into the development of the relationship between plants and insects. This universal partnership is central to our studies and industry.
Ged Marshall is a bee farmer from Buckinghamshire. He runs British Honey Producers Ltd which is one of the largest companies in the country supplying honey, queens and pollination services. He will give his views on swarm control without 9 day checks and on the ever present problem of re-queening.
Ben Harden is a familiar figure to us all and will explain his own queen rearing system which he has developed over many years of beekeeping.
Jim Loughrey is a highly respected beekeeper from the Roe Valley Association. He has been delighting countless beekeeping students with his wit and wisdom for many years . He will impart his extensive knowledge of the “Ling”.
Ethel Irvine returns by popular request to give a talk on winter preparation. You can be assured of a very sound talk delivered by a master in communication. Her lecture at the 2016 conference received acclaim.
Eoghan MacGiola Coda comes from a famous dynasty of beekeepers in Co Tipparary. Eoghan runs 150 hives in several apiaries in Co Louth and emphasises the need for beekeepers to have plans. He will explain a straightforward system of record keeping that explains all that it says on the tin. His second talk will show how easy it is for the beekeeper to exercise clean working practices.
Two sessions of the Microscopy Workshop will be running under the watchful eye of Sam Clawson. AFBI will hold a bee disease display in the same classroom. Places are limited so booking is essential to guarantee your place, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Billy Millar will be demonstrating Hive Building in the Woodwork Workshop. Billy will divulge lots of useful tips and tricks to make the process easier and pleasurable.
Skep making has proved extremely popular year on year. Louise McClean returns with expertise galore in this fascinating craft. Delegates will be able start the process and will be able to purchase the materials to finish their product.
The “Beekeeping made simple” is for our new/novice beekeepers. A question and answer session led by UBKA tutors gives you a chance to discuss your beekeeping experience and ask all the questions you have.
A new workshop on the art of grafting larvae for queen rearing will be run by Jonathan Getty. This will give the opportunity to practise the skill of grafting larvae, a technique central to many queen rearing projects. The workshop will be subject to larvae being available in Mid March. Booking essential as there will be limited places, E-mail email@example.com