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Autumn courses and workshops

Now that it’s the time of year when we’re not involved in so much hands-on stuff with our colonies, it’s a good time to consider taking a course, attending a workshop or a bigger event, in order to gain more knowledge and insight.

a) The ‘Beekeepers@KSRC’ group has some good evening sessions coming up next month on the key skills for improvers (beekeepers with a little experience), details of which can be found on their website at http://ksrcbees.org.uk/?page_id=4

b) Another event is a talk by Jennifer Berry, leading American bee breeder, researcher, author and lecturer. 7.30pm Thursday 5th November, Crofton Hall, Orpington.

Sidcup beekeepers would like to remind everyone that Jennifer Berry, a world renowned expert and colleague of Keith Delapane at Georgia University, is giving a talk : ‘an American take on beekeeping’, on 5 November. For the past fourteen years, Jennifer has been the Apicultural Research Coordinator and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Programme. Recently, she has also undertaken an ambitious campaign to educate the public about the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects, including honey bees, and how to reduce pesticide use.This should be a fascinating evening – Jennifer has published many articles and academic papers, and some of her queens reside in colonies at the White House. We are very privileged that she has agreed to fit in this event for us whilst visiting the Northern Ireland annual conference – there will not be another opportunity this year to hear her lecture in SE England.

 Crofton Hall is immediately adjacent to Orpington railway station BR6 0SX , and also has good parking. Admission payable on the door is £5, which includes tea / coffee and cakes. To help us with catering arrangements, please let Melody Faulkner know if you plan to come on melody.faulkner@googlemail.com

c) The National Honey Show (http://honeyshow.co.uk/) is on at the end of October, in Surrey. This is a major national event and a fascinating one, with so many good talks and workshops, exhibitions and seminars, as well as the mindboggling variety of items in the trade hall. It’s a very good day/weekend to consider attending whether you’re a complete beginner, an improver, or someone who is thinking about becoming a beekeeper.

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Garden Pollinating Insects: Understanding (a little more) about honeybees, bumble bees and like insects

A short series of talks and discussions.

For: Anyone with an interest in nature, gardens, pollination or beekeeping.

Where: The Phoenix public house, Faversham (they have a room available)

When: Fortnightly, Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm starting 8th October so – October 8th and 22nd, November 5th and 19th, and December 3rd

Programme: Covering the life cycle and issues surrounding:-

  • Honeybees
  • Bumble Bees
  • Solitary Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hoverflies

Course fee: £50 payable on the first evening or £60 payable on the first evening to include one year’s annual Associate Membership of the Whitstable & Herne Bay Beekeepers.

For further details of each week’s topics, and of how to join the course, please see the programme download here.

News of forthcoming events, and the SE 2012 Report

Some items of interest, to distract us all from these chilly days. Click on the links to download.

a) The West Sussex BKA Annual Convention, 23rd February 2013 (West Sussex BKA)

b) The South of England Bees and Honey Show, at Ardingly, 6 – 8 June 2013 (Ardingly Show).     Entries are warmly invited from Kent beekeepers, see attachment for details.

c) The South East Region Annual Report for 2012 (South East Region Annual Report 2012)