The Central Association of Bee-Keepers Blog

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The Bee Craft Lectures 2021

Bee Craft organises a series of Research Lectures which are normally presented at the National Honey Show but that was not possible in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the idea arose of...

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Bee-Keepers’ Question Time

The first on-line event organised by the CABK was on 17th June when Celia Davis, Roger Patterson and Prof. Robert Pickard made up an expert Panel for questions supplied by the audience and moderated...

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Viral Manipulation

It’s known that some infectious diseases alter the behaviour of their victims.  One example is Toxoplasma gondii which can infect many mammals, but reproduces predominantly inside cats.  When T. gondii reproduces, it produces oocysts...

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Small Thieves.

Insect pollination is a trade-off. An insect in search of nectar will seek it in the flowers of insect-pollinated plant. At each visit, the insect’s typically furry body will pick up some pollen grains...

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Insulation vs Ventilation?

The long-running debate among beekeepers about whether insulation or ventilation is a more important consideration when preparing hives for winter may be nearing an end, judging by this pre-print [1] Those in favour of...

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BeeConnected

A new web-based initiative between the BBKA, the National Farmers Union & the Crop Protection Association to enable beekeepers to be alerted of crop spraying activities in their area. It’s currently in the pilot stage...