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Paul Cross “Development of a miniature vibration energy harvester for battery-less tracking of honey bees

[…]bee trackers. Lecture Title: “Development of a miniature vibration energy harvester for battery-less tracking of honey bees” The recent global decline in honey bee colonies has ignited efforts to better understand the spatial interaction of bees with their environment. To date, no technology exists to effectively track such things as foraging, queen and drone flight paths or enable the long-term […]
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Conserving black bees

[…]old adage “poor farmers raise wealthy beekeepers” holds good. There are good pollen sources for bees throughout the year, from gorse in February right through to heath­ers in August and September. How­ever, cold, wet weather can confine foragers to their hives for weeks. The Blacks’ adaptive trait of storing slabs of excess pollen gathered during good spells keeps queens laying […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]from Italy, Apis mellifera ligustica and elsewhere continued to be imported to fill the demand for bees. Consequently, most known British bees are now hybridised, to some extent, as virgin queens mate with up to twenty drones from different colonies. The Italian bee, for example, evolved in very different conditions i.e. hot dry summers and warm wet winters. This has […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]for many of the problems in the early 20th century. We now know that acarine mites infest young bees andAmm bees have tougher hairs that cover the spiracles, preventing many mites from infesting the bees. Amm retain more waste matter in the gut than other races, Italians in particular, meaning they can wait longer between cleansing flights, rather than soil […]

Local bees better than imports

[…]results of these experiments show that the locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. This may seem logical to many bee scientists, but may come as something as a shock for many beekeepers who believe that purchased queens are likely to be in some way “better” than the bees that they already have in […]

Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]may be quite isolated. For security reasons we ask the location is not disclosed to anybody. For working at the bees, bee suits and gloves are not essential, but head protection is. What is or isn’t included? A one day practical and online video. Pre – COVID, this was a 2 day course, but the videos now replace the first […]

Jim Vivian-Griffiths “Mating Biology of Honey Bees

[…]sites in Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. I am now in my 10th year as trainer for Dean Forest BKA, which is a branch of Gloucestershire BKA. We run courses for the Basic Assessment, Microscopy and Module Examinations. Our aims are to improve our own and our members’ beekeeping practices, so that we have healthy bees and safe beekeepers in our […]
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Why does BIBBA advise buying bees and queens locally?

[…]one area may have oil seed rape as the main nectar source, yet only a few miles away it might be heather. The former needs a bee that builds up much earlier in the season than the latter. Adaptation takes a little time to achieve. Local bees are also used to the types and strains of diseases prevalent in your […]
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