Monthly Talk 2nd April 2020

A FASCINATION AND ENTERTAINING PEEK INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BEEHIVE

SPEAKER: Richard Rickitt

We all know what a beehive looks like, and everyone loves the taste of honey, but the intricate and finely tuned world of the honey bee colony is a mystery to most of us.

In this lively talk you will discover the extraordinary natural history of the honey bee - how it lives, breeds, communicates and, perhaps most importantly, makes honey! Along the way, you'll find out how we first learnt to harvest the bees' golden treasures of honey and beeswax - as well as a few more unusual substances you have probably never even heard of - and how modern mankind has learnt to keep and care for bees in a way that balances nature with our own desire for sweet rewards.

This lavishly illustrated glimpse inside a beehive will be enjoyed by anyone who gardens, is interested in the environment, would like to know more about bees and beekeeping, or who just loves a bit of honey on their toast.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Richard Rickitt is a qualified beekeeper and editor of Bee Craft, the UK's beekeeping magazine, established ion 1919. He is the author of several books, writes for magazines in both the UK and the US and has appeared on Radio 4. He lives in Wiltshire and keeps around thirty colonies of honey bees.

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