2021 and looking forward!

I have caught up with myself after having my attention somewhat diverted. Now is the time to look forward to the new year and all that it may bring.


Last year I seemed to spend months just writing about events that were cancelled. Not a week went by without me having to put lines through events. I enjoy keeping bees as much for the social aspects of beekeeping as for the fascination of how the bees organise themselves. To have no events to attend was a little disheartening.

However I have since taken on the Zoom culture and am enjoying it.  No longer restricted to meetings in the South West of the UK I can now “travel”  all over the country -and further afield if I so wish.

Below is a list of lectures from Somerset and Cambridge.  In addition there are many lectures by BIBBA – in fact too many for me to list here! I suggest you have a look and book your place on some. We may be locked down but we need not be locked out.

January 2021
Thursday January 7th at 7:00pm
Somerset Beekeepers have a lecture by Jo Widdicombe on “Black Bees – our past or our future?” Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday January 13th at 7:00pm 
Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association have a talk on “Honeybee Form and Function” by Dr Jamie Ellis . Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday 19th January at 7:30pm
Bedordshire Beekeepers Association have a talk on “Chronic Bee Paralysis” by Theodora Commandeur. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Wednesday January 27th at 7:00pm
Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association have a talk on “Bees and Beeswax- the gold of the medieval world” by Dr Alex Sapoznik . Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

February 2021 
Wednesday February 10th at 7:00pm
Cambridgeshire Beekeepers have a lecture on “Diagnosing Queen Problems”  by Dr David Tarpy. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Saturday February 13th at 7:00pm
Somerset Beekeepers have a lecture by Tom Seeley on “Darwinian Beekeeping”.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Monday February 15th at 7:00pm
Beecraft and the Central Association of Beekeepers are hosting two lectures on Honey Sources and Pollination Improvements. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Wednesday February 24th at 7:00pm
Cambridgeshire Beekeepers have a lecture on “Preparing for the beekeeping year ahead”  by Stewart  Spinks of the Norfolk Honey Company. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

So many talks

This year has been disappointing in that we have not been able to get to things like the Bee Safari and visit other apiaries but as this post will hopefully show there is a lot going on. Thanks to the virus many organisations have set up lectures which we can attend remotely and enjoy.

First amongst my list of possibilities is a set of lectures at the beekeeping.events website. These are actually hosted by BIBBA. I am not going to list all the lectures but this subset may stimulate your interest. In fact there are so my lectures I have just grabbed the first few:

If you want to see recordings of previous lectures they are on the BIBBA website.

November is here

Where has the year gone? Just two months to the end of the year and it seems to have just flown by. However for the bees there is still plenty to do and I have written a set of tasks which need to be done. Perhaps this year is a good time to do more of the tasks than last year. When I am working in the apiary there is no talk of the virus threat or of Brexit. Such a relief.

As I write this we are about to go into another lock down. May I draw your attention to the NBU advice for what we can do in the next month? For those who do not wish to read it all I can summarise it with “Hands, face, space” and remind you that we have a duty to look after “livestock” and that may require travelling to an out apiary.

On a more positive note – if you have more time on your hands as a result of the lock down then use the opportunity to read more about bees. There are some suggestions on the November tasks page.