This listing provides constructive help to
organisers of beekeeping events in the U.K. and Ireland to contact
suitable lecturers and demonstrators. It gives the location of the
individual lecturers, their preparedness to travel and a small amount
of biographical information about them.
Tom lives in Yorkshire and is prepared to travel
any distance although if accommodation is required that will need to be
01904 626 170 Email... email@example.com
About Tom Robinson
I have been involved for the past 20 years in running about 100
colonies. My main interest during this time is the selection and
rearing of queen bees.
Honey is of course what brings most cash in and as my son now does most
of the beekeeping and extraction, I also bottle and distribute the
Norman is situated in County Down, Northern
Ireland. He will travel any distance.
028 9268 2578 Email... firstname.lastname@example.org
About Norman Walsh
I have been beekeeping since 1954 and have lectured at Stoneleigh,
Gormanston and have been the Scottish Tour Lecturer. I have lectured
and demonstrated in the Isle of Man and have delivered the FIBKA
Preliminary course and most of the Intermediate. I regularly lecture to
associations in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland and am
a honey judge. I hold my lecturer's certificate from the Federation of
Irish Beekeepers' Associations and, given sufficient notice would
tackle most beekeeping subjects.
Alan is from County Down N.I. and will travel if
(028) 9187 8633
About Alan Jones
I have been a beekeeper for 20 years and at present run about 18 hives
and 6 nucs. I am past Chairman of Belfast and District Beekeepers
Association. I have been a member of BIBBA for a number of years as
Northern Ireland Delegate. At the AGM 2008 I was elected to the Central
Committee. I am also the Morphometry Technician for Project Discovery.
I am also a member of the Ulster Bee Improvement Group and the Galtee
Bee Breeders Group where we promote the native dark honeybee.
Enid lives in Kinrosshire and is only prepared to
travel up to fifty miles.
Tel No... 01592 840 582
Mobile... 07763 809 367
About Enid Brown
I presently hold the positions of Advertising, Publicity and Shows
Convener for The Scottish Beekeepers' Association and I am BIBBA
Membership Secretary. I am a member of
both Fife Beekeepers and Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeepers'
Associations. I have been keeping bees since 1993 and normally run
about 70 colonies. Rearing Queens is an important part of beekeeping
and I do support BIBBA with their policy on the native bee, A.
m. mellifera. I have always reared my own Queens and would
encourage others to do likewise.
David lives in Yorkshire and prefers to travel up
to 50 miles radius from Doncaster for evening talks, Daytime events no
Tel No... 01302 885 813
About David Allen
My lectures/demonstrations are:-
"Improving what you have" is self-explanatory.
"Bee space and brace comb". Practical on the correct assembly of the
National hive and the contents therein
Roger Lives in West Sussex and will travel any
Tel No... 01403 790 637
Mobile... 07976 306 492 Email... email@example.com
About Roger Patterson
He started keeping bees in 1963, soon after the hard 1962/3 winter, and
at one stage kept 130 colonies. He is a practical beekeeper,
concentrating on the basics and keeping things simple. He has always
been heavily involved with his local and county BKA's and manages his
local BKA apiary, where there are usually a large number of colonies
instruction as well as a queen rearing section. He has been a
demonstrator since the early 1970s and
believes beekeeping should be fun.
For business reasons Roger had a break of about 15
years without bees
of his own, but kept involved with his local BKA. On his return to
active beekeeping he noticed a problem with queen performance which he
has highlighted and written about in the bee press.
Roger lectures and demonstrates widely on
practical beekeeping and is often accompanied by his two dogs Meg and
Nell. Please email for a list of lectures.
He is currently a BBKA Trustee, BDI Vice
President and BIBBA Committee Member, as well as his involvement with
his local BKA.
Roger designed his local BKA website www.wgbka.org.uk
and owns and
maintains Dave Cushman's Website www.dave-cushman.net
Jo lives in Cornwall and limits his travelling
for lecture purpose to 50 miles.
Tel No... 01752 822 335
About Jo Widdicombe
Member of BIBBA approx. 20 years. Run classes in beekeeping for
beginners. Can explain beekeeping to non-beekeeping audiences.
Interested in bee improvement and bee breeding programmes.
Jim lives in Tipperary and is prepared to travel.
Tel No... 0504-22228
Mobile Phone... 087-9718494
About Jim Ryan
I have been keeping bees since 1983 (having previous experience as a
child) and currently have about 30 colonies. I qualified as a lecturer
in Ireland in 1989 and have lectured to Associations all over Ireland,
and also in Scotland and England. I am currently Editor of An Beachaire
(The Irish Beekeeper) and am also F.I.B.K.A. Archivist. I am
particularly interested in Queen rearing, the History of Beekeeping and
value added hive products.
Micheál C. Mac Giolla Coda
Micheál lives in Burncourt, Tipperary and is
prepared to travel.
Tel No... 00 353 (0) 52 7467205
About Micheál C. Mac Giolla Coda
Beekeeping for 50 years. Queen rearing for 20
years. FIBKA certified lecturer for 20 years. Honey Judge for 20 years.
Holder of National Diploma in Science (Apiculture).
Founder member of Galtee Bee Breeding
Group. Past President of BIBBA and FIBKA.
Preferred choice of subject: Conservation and
Improvement of native bees including all aspects of queen rearing.
Practical Demonstrations: Considerable experience
in giving practical demonstrations on colony evaluation, selection for
breeding and methods of queen rearing. Also morphometry and preparation
of honey for show.
Geoff lives in Flintshire and is prepared to
Tel No... 01352 740 991
Mobile... 07885 475 371
About Geoff Critchley
I’ve been keeping bees nearly 30 years and
currently run 40 hives.
I am a Master Beekeeper, and an examiner for the BBKA, setting and
marking module exams on 3 occasions. I am an examiner for the practical
assessment and the General Husbandry. I run courses for beginners and
for queen rearing.
I worked for 3 years as a seasonal bee inspector in NE Wales.
I give lectures on most topics of practical beekeeping.