The CBKA one-day seminar, 'Threats to bees and other pollinators', is a meeting at Chesterton Community College on Gilbert Road in Cambridge, to be held on Saturday 11 March 2017.

The meeting, with its four lectures and a discussion session, has a format similar to those of previous years. The ticket price includes lunch (and drinks) and light refreshments.

A trade stand will sell appliances, wax and frames. Please call if you have a large, specific or unusual order (01480 217 887). We will have a book stall, with Books from Northern Bee Books.

The closing date for booking is Friday 3 March; please book early (preferably by 1 March) to avoid disappointment. Download the booking form now!

Speakers

Nigel Semmence, who is NBU’s Contingency Planning and Science Officer, with responsibility for planning for the arrival of exotic pests and diseases of honey bees, learned beekeeping from his grandfather in Norfolk. He has studied the use of solitary bees for pollinating crops in the UK and in California.

Paulo Mielgo, who is the Technical Manager of Vita Europe, has worked in many countries in South America. He will be working with researchers and universities to help develop new honey bee health and nutrition products. He will discuss how bees are affected by climate change, and also the importance of proteins to them, the development of nutritional products for them, and the experience of beekeepers in using them.

Dr Falko Drijfhout, who is Head of the Chemical Ecology group at Keele University, is actively involved in the chemical analysis, identification and synthesis of insect-derived compounds. He will explain the issues associated with neonicotinoids, and will discuss establishing the actual exposure of bees to them, and on analysing pollen and nectar samples for their presence.

David Knott, who is a beekeeper, is Estate Manager for Trumpington Farm Company, which manages over 2,000 hectares of farmland for a number of landowners on the south and west sides of Cambridge. About two-thirds of crops are wheat (including milling wheat and feed wheat) and one-third is oilseed rape, with other break crops like sugar beet and peas.

Programme

9.15 a.m. Registration and tea/coffee; trade stands open

10.00 a.m. Meeting begins: Welcome and introduction from CBKA’s Chairman

10.05 a.m. “Exotic pest update – Small Hive Beetle and Asian Hornet” Nigel Semmence

11.05 a.m. “The development of nutritional products for bees” Paulo Mielgo

11.50 a.m. Lunch; trade stands open (until 1.30 p.m.)

1.30 p.m. “Neonicotinoids: Are they a threat to honeybee survival?” Dr Falko Drijfhout

2.20 p.m. “Bees and Agriculture in the Future” David Knott

3.10 p.m. Discussion/Question time

4.00 p.m. Vote of thanks, and end of meeting

CBKA reserves the right to change the programme, if circumstances necessitate this.