Up-coming events of interest….

 Thursday to Saturday, 24th – 26th October National Honey Show, Weybridge , Surrey.

 Friday 8th November, Professor Dave Goulson: Are neonicotinoid pesticides to blame for bee declines? London.

Sunday 10th November, THE NATIVE IRISH HONEY BEE SOCIETY CONFERENCE, Co. Westmeath, Rep of Ireland.

St Georges College, Weybridge. Lectures, workshops, trade and educational exhibition. More on-line at: www.honeyshow.co.uk

November 8 – Are neonicotinoid pesticides to blame for bee declines?

18.30 – 20.00 Speaker: Professor Dave Goulson, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.

There is great concern over declines of pollinators. Although the causes are complex and involve multiple factors, attention has turned to pesticides, particularly neonicotinoid insecticides. These are toxic to bees at very low concentrations and are found in the nectar and pollen of treated crops such as oilseed rape. Exposure of bees to these has subtle but important sublethal effects on behaviour, effects that are not revealed by the regulators’ safety tests. These effects include impaired navigation, reduced capacity to gather pollen, and also reduced egg laying. In combination, these appear greatly to impair colony success in bumblebees, suggesting that they are a major cause of bee declines. A two year ban by the European Commission on their use on flowering crops will begin in December 2013. However, this ban remains hotly contested, with agrochemical companies recently launching legal actions, and it is unclear what will happen when the ban expires.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.


8.00-17.00 The Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Rep of Ireland. Admission: £20(NIHBS members), £30 (non members). Admission & 2014 membership £40. PayPal option via website, account: treasurer@nihbs.org. Special Hotel Accomodation Rate: €79 per room B&B or €59 room only. Hotel Info: +353 90 644 4444; info@athlonespringshotel.com; www. athlonespringshotel.com. For more conference information: secretary@nihbs.org www.nihbs.org
8am : Registration Opens
9.30 -10.30am: Can A.m.mellifera, on the Dutch island of Texel survive Varroa without control? – Dr. Romee van der Zee
10.30-11am New Breeding Programme to Protect the Native Irish Honey Bee – Mr. Dara Scott
11.00 – 11.30am Tea break
11.30 – 12.30pm Hybridisation – Prof. Dr. Robert Paxton
12.30 – 1.30pm LUNCH
1.30 – 2.30pm Trends in International colony winter losses 2008-2013 – Dr. Romee van der Zee
2.30 – 3pm Evaluating and Selecting Stocks for Breeding – Dr. Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda
3.00 – 3.15pm Tea Break
3.15 – 3.45pm Setting up a Queen Rearing Group; Mr. Jonathan Getty
3.45 – 5pm Questions and Answers with Panel Forum

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