Sustainable Beekeeping – Talk by Jo Widdicombe

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Date(s) - 02/03/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Luddington Village Hall

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Jo Widdicombe is a bee farmer currently running 150 hives in Cornwall.  He is President of BIBBA (Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Association) and author of the book “The Principles of Bee Improvement”.  He has also appeared on BBC Countryfile when the program visited the Mount Edgcumbe Black Bee Reserve.

In his Presentation titled “Sustainable Bee Improvement”   Jo will explain how a sustainable system of bee improvement can be set up.  By refraining from imports and by focussing on near-native bees a local strain can be developed and maintained allowing the quality of bees in the area to be steadily improved.  This system avoids the increasing hybridisation of our bee population which makes sustainable improvement in the quality of our bees so difficult.

The aim is to produce a hardy population of productive bee with minimal bio-security risk, that is, less chance of introducing exotic pests and diseases.