Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Combating Colony Loss

Oh boy, there's now yet another bee training day on offer on Saturday 20th March 2010, 9.30. am to 4.30. pm. This one is about bee diseases and being run by the Regional Bee Inspectors as part of the Defra Healthy Bees Plan and is free of charge and open to ALL beekeepers - download NBU flyer with details.

The down side is that this year's training day is being held in Devon, near Tiverton, which is quite a way (50 miles/1 hour) but then members can car share, perhaps have a pub meal after and make it a fun day out.

I went to one of these events last year when it was run in Avon and can thoroughly recommend it. I really cannot stress enough the importance for us to be fully briefed about bee diseases and bee health. Although I experienced a little anti-sustainable beekeeping antagonism from some delegates last year the inspectors, although knowing little about Top Bar Hives (!), were really helpful and informative. If we are to succeed in the sustainable beekeeping cause and win over the 'traditional' skeptics then we must keep healthy bees - please go if you can.

To book one of the places which is allotted on a first-come-first-served basis contact Adam Vevers 01364 653474  or e-mail adam.vevers@fera.gsi.gov.uk. I know there is a large beekeeping crowd in Devon so early booking is essential - if you think you might be able to make it book!

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