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

As well as co-editor of BeeCraft, the UKs best-selling beekeeping magazine read by beekeepers and entomologists around the world Richard has written hundreds of articles on the subject and is a frequent speaker on bees.

He has travelled extensively to visit bees and beekeepers around the world, and he teaches beekeeping courses at various locations around the UK.

Richard has been keeping bees for many years and, as well as his own bees, keeps hives for a number of commercial and private clients. He is beekeeper at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum and lives with his family near Bath.

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