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News in Brief
January Meeting :Margaret Murdin -Bee genetics explained….simply
Margaret has kept bees for over 10 years and now has over 20 colonies across three apiaries. She is a Master Beekeeper, holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping and is Chair of the trustees of the British Beekeepers Association, a member of the Education and Husbandry Committee and sits on the Examination Board. She is a Correspondence Course tutor and an assessor for module examinations and husbandry assessments.
Bee genetics explained… simply
Like us, female bees have two sets of chromosomes; one set from the mother and one from the father. But male bees, the drones, are different: They have a single set. This is why we say that drones have no father! How does that work? The genetics of bees can seem complicated, mainly because the words used are long, complicated and difficult to remember. This talk will seek to explain the genetics of honey bees in a straightforward way – in a way that is useful to beekeepers.
Doors at 7pm with a 7.30pm start on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at The Nether Edge Club.
Come test the strength of your hive mind against our (somewhat loosely) bee and honey themed questions.
*Bring and Share Buffett*
Doors at 7pm with a 7.30pm start on Wednesday 12th December at The Nether Edge Club.
October SBKA Meeting: A Paleontologist’s Perspective on the Evolutionary History of Bees with Dr John Varker.
Dr. W. John Varker is a retired Leeds University Palaeontologist (Earth Sciences Department) with experience in Adult Education. His research concerned microfossils used for dating rocks which is obtained by dissolving limestones. For five years he was a member of an International Committee visiting sites in Germany, France, Ukraine, China, Mongolia and several parts of the United States. John came to beekeeping only recently when he inherited a single empty hive and joined the Leeds BKA.
Doors at 7pm with a 7.30pm start on Wednesday 10th October at The Nether Edge Club.
September SBKA Meeting: Integrated Bee Health Management with David Aston
Our Speaker for September was David Aston on the subject of ‘Integrated bee health management’. David is a Master Beekeeper, a Past President of the BBKA and has been the Chair of the BBKA Examination Board.
He has kept bees in East Yorkshire for 34 years with his wife, Dr
Sally Bucknall. He has co-authored a number of books including ‘Plants
and Honeybees- their relationships’; ‘Keeping Healthy Bees’; and
‘Plants for Bees’
Sheffield Bred Queen Bees
There are a number of Sheffield bred queens which are for sale at £15 each. If you are interested to purchase, please write to Neville Dearden.
Queens can be collected on a first come basis if not previously booked and will be available at our next meeting on Wednesday 8 August.