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Sustainable Beekeeping: A Future without Imports

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Eden Project

Bodelva

PL24 2SG

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This exciting event has been organised in response to the increased interest in native and near native honey bees. Many beekeepers now realise the benefits of working with bees that are hardy, productive, healthy and best suit their conditions.

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

The event is organised by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) and B4, in conjunction with BIPCo. The morning will have presentations covering research relevant to native/near native bees by research scientists Norman Carreck, Mark Barnett, Mairi Knight and Victoria Buswell. In the afternoon BIBBA President and bee farmer Jo Widdicombe will discuss the principles of practical bee improvement and Roger Patterson will highlight some problems we face. He will suggest ways of helping the wider beekeeping community to achieve a more sustainable culture that avoids importing bees and queens that may be unsuitable.

8.45 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 9.45 Opening Address by Sir Tim Smit KBE

Introduction by Mike Maunder, Director of Life Sciences at The Eden Project

9.45 - 10.45 Norman Carreck - "Why we need to conserve the dark European honey bee"

10.45 - 11.15 Break

11.15 - 12.15 Mark Barnett - "Mapping honey bee health and genetic diversity in the UK"

12.15 - 13.00 Mairi Knight/Victoria Buswell - "Local adaptation in UK populations of dark European honey bees"

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and Tour of the hives with Julie Kendal and Rodger Dewhurst.

14.00 - 15.00 Jo Widdicombe"Sustainable Bee Improvement"

15.00 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 16.30 Roger Patterson - "The Journey to Sustainability"

16.30 Questions and close


On Sunday 18th we are arranging a number of apiary visits and talks.
Attendance for the full day on Saturday will include entry to the Eden Project on Sunday. Tickets will only be issued to conference participants at the end of the day on Saturday.

For further details of both days and speaker profiles go to https://bibba.com/eden

There will also be a Bee Improvement for All (BIFA) day at South Brent, Devon

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