Saturday, 17th February 2018
9:30am to 4:30pm
At the Eden Project
Tickets: £17 (£15 for under 18s)
Click here to book your ticket.
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.
Attendance for the full day on Saturday will include entry to the Eden Project on Sunday 18th February. Tickets will only be issued to conference participants at the end of the day on Saturday.
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
For further details and for speaker profiles, click here.