The Memorial Lecture on Thursday 7 October will now begin at 7.30 pm
rather than the advertised time. The talk is by Kate Ashbrook and the subject is "Enhancing Pollination within Sweet Cherry Orchards". The worst that can happen is that you'll be there half an hour early! We have listened to Kate before, and she has proved to be a very interesting and entertaining speaker, so please come along and join us. You might even get a cuppa to keep you going.
If you haven't heard of her:
Dr Kate Ashbrook joined the University of Worcester in January 2015 after four years of post-doctoral studies at the University of Bath. Her research interests focus on using modelling to understand the dynamics of ecological systems and inform conservation management. She works with conservation partners, such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), to develop evidence-based conservation management strategies and monitoring protocols. Kate is currently supervising two PhD researchers who are using Earth Observation image analysis techniques, including Sentinel-2 satellite data analysis, to investigate animal habitat preferences, from pollinators in UK wildflower meadows to brown bears in Eastern Europe. Her research interests also include promoting biodiversity in managed systems and she works with Dr Duncan Westbury on projects relating to enhancing ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes.
It's a really good question if you are a new beekeeper, and sometimes a not so easy one to answer if you are experienced!
The trick really is to try to read the hive and establish what is going on, then react accordingly. It could be there are several or many ways to manage the issue for it may not be a problem. But it might. So here's a really handy booklet produced by the Welsh Government on what to do .... It's an easy read with lots of pointers.