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Session 1 - Introduction Sat 22 nd /Sun 23 rd March 2014.

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1 Session 1 - Introduction Sat 22 nd /Sun 23 rd March 2014

2  Nigel Hurst  3 yrs beekeeping  Hives in garden

3 Wasp Vespula vulgaris Honey bee Apis mellifera Bumble bee Bombus terrestris Hornet Vespa crabo

4  Bees  Female society  Not domesticated  Individual sacrifice  Evolved with flowers  Cattle  Male society  Herd animals  Domesticated  Breeds developed by man

5 Tongue (glossa) Mandibles Antenna Compound eyes Hypopharyngeal Gland Thorax Wings ( 2 pairs) Spiracle (breathing aperture) Abdomen Nasonov Glands Sting Wax Glands Pollen Basket (corbicula) Head

6 Round Dance – (General location) food nearby Waggle Dance – (Precise location) food further away Ex: Encyclopaedia of Beekeeping by Morse & Hooper

7  OSR +10%  Beans  Top fruit  Soft fruit  Salad crops – (for seed)  Sunflowers  Blackthorn  Hawthorn

8  UK consumption of honey  UK production of honey  Value to UK agriculture  85% of food crops rely on pollinators  Value to the environment  Number of beekeepers  Number of honey bee farmers  Number of colonies  Number of wild colonies  £25m pa  £11m pa  £200m pa  ??????????  ~30,000  40 (20)  ~230,000  ~0

9  High quality food  No honey bee - no early pollinators  Less winter feed for birds  Changes in flora  Increase in grasses  Late pollinated plants

10 Smoker 3 Hive tools Porter bee escape Gloves Drawing pins Butler cage 2 Queen marking cages Queen cell cage Matches Scissors Uncapping tool Mouse guard Marking fluid Spacers Mesh

11  Local Branches  Support  Training  Mentoring  County Associations  Representation  National (BBKA)  Assessments  Insurance  Policy  Government liaison etc.

12  AVON  5 Branches 1Bath 2Blagdon & Clevedon 3Bristol 4Keynsham 5Weston Super Mare


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