Sustainable Beekeeping:  A Future without Imports 2020

Sustainable Beekeeping:  A Future without Imports 2020

15Feb2020
Callington, Cornwall PL17 8BQ

Organised by, “The B4 Project”, this event is a chance to meet beekeepers and scientists saving our native dark honeybee.

From 10:00 until 4:00pm

At Harrowbarrow & Metherell Village Hall

Callington, Cornwall PL17 8BQ

£10

organiser: Andrew Brown /


Sat, 15 Feb  2020|Harrowbarrow & Metherell Village Hall

“Sustainable Beekeeping:  A Future without Imports 2020 ”

Organised by, “The B4 Project”, this event is a chance to meet beekeepers and scientists saving our native dark honeybee.

The morning will see presentations covering research relevant to native bees by collaborating research scientists from the Roslin Institute and The University of Plymouth.
In the afternoon there will be Apiary group contributions from the South West, presenting achievements, goals, events and participation opportunities.

Saturday Morning

Honey bee, genetics, adaptation, conservation and sustainable beekeeping.

  1. Norman Carreck-Sussex University: - “Why we need to conserve the dark European honey bee”.
  2. Dr Mark Barnett-Edinburgh University: - “Molecular biology techniques to analyse honey bee health and genetic diversity”.
  3. Victoria Buswell:- University of Plymouth :- "Changes in introgression levels of Cornish Apis mellifera mellifera. The aim of this study is to compare population changes in degrees of introgression in Cornish populations of Apis mellifera mellifera using samples from two sampling periods (2015 and 2018).
  1. Dr David Wragg Edinburgh University: - “Why bees need big data”.

 

Saturday Afternoon

Apiary group contributions from the South West, presenting achievements, goals, events and participation opportunities.

  1. Nick Bentham-Green Chairman of BIBBA and B4. BIBBA and B4 achievements and aspirations - how can you help?
  2. Rodger Dewhurst -Eden
  3. Mount Edgcumbe Cornish bee group
  4. Matthew Elmes-Pollenize https://www.pollenize.org.uk/
  5. Gerry Stuart -AHAT
  6. Michael Leigh-Mallory British Native Black Bee Breeders Group UK https://www.facebook.com/groups/577082519349223

The B4 Project is a Community Interest Company representing a group of beekeepers whose aim is to protect the UK’s native honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has supported a partnership between B4, Eden, Paignton Zoo, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Paradise Park. This enabled B4 to commission preliminary genetic research which revealed that, while there has been a great deal of hybridisation, Cornwall still retains some relatively pure specimens of Apis mellifera mellifera.

Andrew Brown, managing director of B4, said: “Many beekeepers now realise the benefits of working with bees that are either locally Native or locally derived. They can be hardy, productive, healthy and they are better adapted to their local conditions than honey bees brought in recently.

“Bee researchers believe that native bees are an important resource that should not be lost. European studies have shown that locally adapted bees perform better than imported ones, with possible health and survivability benefits.”

 

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