Jersey Beekeepers Association - Centenary Lecture

Jersey Beekeepers Association - Centenary Lecture

24 March 2017 19:30

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JBKA 1917 - 2017 Centenary Lectures Will There be Honey Still for Tea?
(with apologies to Rupert Brooke)
Generously Sponsored by the Howard Davis Farm Trust
Lecture Number 1 The Honey Bee, Predators, Parasites, Pests and Pathogens.

A talk by Dr Giles Budge PhD Newcastle University, 7:30 pm on March 24th 2017, at the RJA&HS, Trinity
Dr Giles Budge, a leading researcher in honey bee health will bring us up to date on the state of health of the UK’s honey bees and any future threats that might be coming.

Dr Budge is Head of Science at Fera, part of Newcastle University ResearchGate Campus outside York. The campus is the site of the National Bee Unit that trains the UK’s bee inspectors and is a leading centre for honey bee research in the UK.

Giles was the lead researcher into Jersey’s recent outbreak of American Foulbrood that wiped just under half of the Island’s managed honey bee colonies and from which the Island’s beekeepers have still not fully recovered.

What is happening to our honey bees might help us understand the reasons why so many of our pollinators are in such a serious decline and not just here in Jersey but in the UK and around the World. Something that is now being recognised by governments around the world who are concerned that a major proportion of what we require for our survival such as food, natural raw materials and carbon storage rely on the services of pollinator.

This talk launches the JBKA’s Centenary Lecture series and will be of interest to all those concerned about the environment, sustainability and food security. After all it has been postulated that if we lose the world’s pollinators we lose the world.

Say, is there Beauty yet to find? And Certainty? and Quiet kind? Deep meadows yet, for to forget The lies, and truths, and pain? . . . oh! yet Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?
Extract from The Old Vicarage, Grantchester 1912 by Rupert Brooke 1887-1915.