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    National Honey Show.. How Bees Fly..wonderful lecture given by Simon Rees

    How Honey Bees Fly

    In this lecture you will learn about the honey bee’s flight equipment – wings, engines, fuel and flight control. We will also look at the mechanics - at an introductory level - of honey bee flight. The lecture will contain videos and demonstrations to aid understanding. By the end you will have a good understanding of how bees fly.



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    Simon is a hobby beekeeper and has been keeping bees since 1995. Simon was born in Cardiff, Wales. Simon started keeping bees in Twickenham, Middlesex in 1995 after completing the Twickenham & Thames Valley BKA beginners' course. On moving to Dublin in 1996 he established an apiary in the garden. He currently has 2 apiaries in Co. Wicklow. Simon has completed the FIBKA (Federation of Irish Beekeeping Associations) preliminary, intermediate, senior and lecturer's certificates since moving to Ireland. Simon has a keen interest in lecturing, particularly on the science side of beekeeping. Simon is a former Chair and Honey Show Secretary of the Co. Dublin Beekeepers' Association. He set up and helps manage the Facebook group ‘Beekeepers of Ireland’ (open to beekeepers everywhere) which has over 3000 members. Simon lives in Dublin with his wife Eimear.
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    This lecture is a great over view and brief history of modern bee keeping boxs/methods. The langstroth hive and how it came to bee...

    Langstroth: How Much Credit Does He Deserve?

    A lecture given by Simon Rees at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled "Langstroth: How Much Credit Does He Deserve?"

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    usda national Honey report for the month of Jan.2020

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    Bees and Plants - the Best of Friends..

    A lecture given by Mary Montaut at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled "Bees and Plants - the Best of Friends"

    Bees & Plants: the Best of Friends

    The theme of this presentation is the mutualism between bees and plants. The aim will be to give you some simple principles on which you can make your gardening choices so that you will be benefitting the bees and other pollinators in your own patch, whether that be your garden, or an allotment, or just a window-box. There will be plenty of examples from my own garden, but also I will have regard for the different conditions of climate and soil, and I hope to encourage listeners to understand how best to cherish the pollinators in their own particular micro-climate.



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    Mary Montaut is the Editor of The Irish Beekeeper (An Beachaire). She has been keeping bees in Bray, Co. Wicklow, for about twenty years and regards herself as an Eternal Beginner, because there is always so much to find out and understand about bees. She also edits the Irish Garden Plant Society journal, which seems to complement her passion for bees. Her interest in honey bees has gradually extended to include all sorts of pollinators, and she is on the Steering Committee of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, representing the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations. However, she is the first to confess that she is more of an Eternal Student in both of these fields than any kind of specialist - always eager to learn and read more about the wonderful relationship between plants and bees.
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    The Artwork Of Bees Can Be Absolutely Stunning
    February 6, 2020

    Have you ever seen honeycomb as beautiful as this?

    heart shaped bee honeycomb
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    It's what happens if you leave it to the bees and do not put frames in the box.

    This particular heart-shaped honeycomb was constructed by bees at Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom.

    And these shapes are certainly not random! They are specifically built that way to regulate airflow inside the colony to maintain an ideal temperature.

    According to Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring: "Brood nest temperature is of extreme importance to the colony and is controlled with utmost precision. Honey bees maintain the temperature of the brood nest between 32°C and optimally 35°C so that the brood develops normally."

    If the temperature of the hive is too high or too low, the bees make adjustments.

    "When the temperature in the nest is too high the bees ventilate by fanning the hot air out of the nest or use evaporative cooling mechanisms, ARHM says. "When the temperature is too low bees generate metabolic heat by contracting and relaxing their flight muscles."

    Bees are amazing!

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    The Principles of Bee Improvement...

    A lecture given by Jo Widdicombe at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled "The Principles of Bee Improvement" The lecture is sponsored by Bee Improvement & Bee Breeders Association.

    The Principles of Bee Improvement

    The talk will explain how I have gone about improving the quality of my bees by selecting from the stock in my area. After trying queens of various types I quickly got disillusioned with the results, at best short-term relief, and set about finding a more sustainable way to improve my bees. By simple methods we can maintain genetic diversity within the population and produce a hardy, locally adapted bee with qualities that can be built on year on year.



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    Jo worked as a bee inspector for 5 years and now runs over 100 colonies, with the help of an apprentice, producing honey, queens and nucs for sale. Author of the book, "The Principles of Bee Improvement" which explains how to select and improve the quality of our bees from local stock rather than resorting to imported queens. Jo is currently President of BIBBA.
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    I am happy to say my honey bees are thriving this year. I uses a no chemical approach to my land and I can tell the difference. I noticed a wild group in a tree last week. I sat and watched them for a very long time. I find their droning very relaxing. I am surprised to find them active so early in the spring but I welcome them. My garden welcomes them.

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    made me smile..bee safe..bee gratefull.

    Seriously, how many bee wranglers does it take to remove one bee hive?

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    Have you ever heard of JP the Beeman? What about Schawee? Or what about the Mississippi bee man the 628 Dirt Rooster? Well, if any of these names mean anything to you, there's a pretty good chance you are going to enjoy this video. Why? Well, we all got together to make this video. That's right, the 4 of us managed to arrange our schedules to be at the same place at the same time to wrangle bees, and talk about a fun adventure.

    When JP called me and asked if I'd be interested in giving him and Schawee a hand on a removal in Slidell, I jumped at the opportunity. Though we have been friends for several years, we had yet to do a collaboration video, and I had been wanting to do it for years. I was so pumped about doing the removal with them I called the Rooster and told him all about it, but he told me he had something scheduled for that time and would not be able to be there. Being the good sport I am, I proceeded to rub it in his face about how I was going to be working with JP and Schawee and he wasn't. As it turned out, he and JP had it worked out that I was not suppose to know the Rooster was going to be there as well.They did a great job of keeping the secret. When the Rooster showed up, I was in complete disbelief. Yep, they got me good.

    So it took 4 bee wranglers to handle this removal, but we got the job done. The bees were gentle, and there were a gang of swarm cells on the comb that Schawee proceeded to pick off like grapes. There were at least 5 queens that emerged as we were there, and there's lots of footage on that thanks to Good Time Charlie who was doing all the videoing.

    So, get ready for a few laughs and see for yourself how these Southern boys wrangle bees. God's peace to all.

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