The Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day 2023.

HBA members are invited to enjoy this year’s great speakers (see below). Between talks they can stock up for Christmas (yes, I did say that in August) at the exhibitor stands in the main hall, as well as sample some delicious honey beer brewed by Wadworth exclusively for the event. Entry is FREE. Book out the day in your diary now.

Saturday 7 October. The Devizes Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes SN10 1HS.

Find details, and maps showing parking, etc, here:

No registration required; just turn up.There are three talks during the day:

The mind of the honey bee: Marin Anastasov, NDB

The mind is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, memory and emotions. In this talk we will look at what information about their environment do the bees need so they can orient in space and be efficient nectar and pollen gatherers? Can they experience and express false memories, abstract concept, categorisation and numericity like us humans? What are the different types of learning applicable to the honey bee and how bees gain and share information? Are some bees better than others when it comes to learning and retaining information; are the queens as good learners as the workers? And finally, what are the factors that influence learning?

Food Safety Law and how it applies to beekeepers: Andy Pedley

Andy explores how food safety applies to beekeepers, and touches upon registration, labelling, allergens. He has kept bees for several decades and, as an Environmental Health Officer, developed an interest in the law on food safety as it applies to beekeepers and honey production, realising that there was a fair amount of misinformation and tradition but not always good practice in the field. He has written a series on Food Safety Legislation, and several other articles on the Honey Regulations and on recycling jars.

Beyond Honeybees: balancing the needs of managed and wild bee populations: Paul Jupp.

For over 10 years Paul has been helping people to go wild in their gardens and working with community groups, councils and landscapers across the UK to create wildlife friendly planting schemes. In this talk he  explains what we can do to boost forage for all pollinators.

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