Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Convention 2017 Photographs
Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
Saturday 25th March
Bron Wright: President of the Scottish Beekeepers Association:
Opening address delivered to a packed audience, at the Welsh Beekeepers Association Convention, coming together of Celtic countries Beekeeping Associations sharing knowledge and experiences’. With a regional comparison of landscape, weather between Scotland and Wales. Brief history of the Scottish Beekeepers inclusive of prominent figures Dr. John Anderson (1873-1939): Willie Smith (1890-1969) introduced the Smith Hive, and John Moir well known for his library and collection of books on Bees. Such as the Charles Butler Feminie Monacrchie 1609 and Melissographic 1625.
Dr. John Anderson co-founded the Scottish Beekeepers Association in 1912 which now has 45 affiliated associations, and 1,600 members.
SBA supporting the work of Dr Gaving Ramsey Scottish Native Honey Bee Society (SNHBS) relating to promoting native honey bees.
Graham Royle: NDB – Seasonal Bee Inspector – The Colony Mind.
An interesting talk delivered to a packed audience, of how the thousands of bees housed within a hive operates as a single entity or mind through the use and distribution of Pheromones (scent); Trophallaxis (food and vibrations) and Peikilothermic (temperature regulation). To the emergence of a swam and how the scouts, in search for a new nesting site, appears to be governed by the unanimous agreement of individual bees dancing and directing the swarm to the preferred nesting site.
Professor David Evans: St Anrews University: Deformed Wing Virus
Up to date information concerning the Deformed Wing Virus a fascinating lecture/talk covering the local, UK perspective but also looking at the effects globally; delivered to a packed audience at the convention.
To view Prof David Evans website http://theapiarist.org/
Phil McAnespie: Beekeeping in our Present Enviroment
Phil McAnespic having held various past positions within the Scottish Beekeeping Association is now involved with the Council of National Beekeeping Associations (CONBA).
An interesting talks, which covered many aspects of local beekeeping, whether its undertaken in Africa; Europe; Nepal; and UK. All joined together with excellent guidance for any beekeeper towards understanding the bees in their care; through the knowledge and understanding of diseases; bee husbandry and bee manipulation. Delivered to a packed audience at the convention.
Beekeepers Question Time- Panel of Experts
Some examples of the questions raised to the panel related to the breed Queen bee failing to mate correctly; To Drone fertility, to the Definition of Raw Honey.