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The West Sussex Convention yesterday 23rd February 2019

The West Sussex Convention was excellent yesterday. Clive de Bruyn’s two lectures, one on queen rearing and the other one on beekeeping mistakes (more like useful tips) were very well received by all, Dr Martin Bencsik colony activity with accelerometer sensors, may be useful research but won’t change the way we keep bees. Adam Leitch his main lecture was about the study of pollen in honey, I think we all wonder what our bees have been foraging on, Adam’s other lecture was an Asian Hornet update was very informative if not alarming at times with a simulation of where we could be in 10 years if do nothing now.Unfortunately you cannot see all the lectures, the ones I missed were experiments with Skep beekeeping, BBKA exam system, Mead making and Wings, Stings and other things under the microscope. Shame that just a few Central Sussex members went along.

. Here is a photo of Clive de Bruyn with his array of props.

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Apiary meeting 16th February 2019

Today (16th Feb) was our second meeting of 2019. Cleaning equipment and tidying up the sheds. Our dirty bee suits were bagged up ready for a visit to the cleaners. Members will be able to identify the apiary team as they have some smart colourful new suits now! Phill is officially part of the apiary team now.
We were treated to two cakes today a lemon drizzle and walnut cakes, to avoid any embarrassment we had to have a piece of each!
The bees look fine at the moment, the level of stores look good, the colony that had the slab of fondant have used some of it and today were tucking in well, see photo. The other photo is one of the other colonies and is looking good I would say, the weather was cool and misty so not a lot of flying today.
Hope to see plenty of you at the West Sussex Convention next Saturday the 23rd Feb, tickets are going fast so contact Chris for yours now

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