We’ve Been Invited to a Zoom Talk – 24th August

“All About Foraging”

by Wendy Paton, from London Bushcraft.

Epsom Division are offering all (or at least the first 100) SBKA members the opportunity to join a talk they have arranged to be given by Wendy Paton.

Find out about the abundance of plants and trees growing in the UK and how you can use them in cooking or for medicinal purposes.

As well as being experienced in bushcraft in the UK, Wendy Paton has led 21 expeditions worldwide. During these trips she has foraged for wild rhubarb in Mongolia; eaten live ants in Ecuador; gone mud fishing in Vietnam; tracked with the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana; caught and eaten frogs for breakfast in Laos; and picked enough wild blueberries in Ecuador to turn herself blue.

1.      EBKA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

All About Foraging  by Wendy Paton

Time: Tuesday 24th August, 7:30pm London

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 826 7648 0670

Passcode: 162113

We’ve Been Invited to Two Zoom Talks – 17th June & 22nd July

“Mr Bee” & “Silent Messages”

by Celia Davis NDB.

Guildford Division are offering us places on two talks they have arranged to be given by Celia Davis.

GBKA’s Training Officer, Gillie Muir, had seen our recording of Celia Davis’ February Winter talk “In Self Defence” and thought it was so good that she contacted Celia immediately and asked for more! The presentations will be via Zoom meetings, to which all Surrey divisions are being invited.

1.      GBKA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Mr Bee (drones)  by Celia Davis

Time: Jun 17, 2021 07:25 PM London

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Meeting ID: 871 9614 2278

Passcode: 854772

2.      GBKA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Silent Messages (pheromones) by Celia Davis

Time: Jul 22, 2021 07:25 PM London

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Meeting ID: 862 6992 4378

Passcode: 003567

Guildford are not planning to put recordings of these talks on their website … so don’t miss the live online presentations.

We’ve Been Invited to a Zoom Talk – 3rd May

“Finding Varroa Tolerant Bees”

by Steve Riley.

Steve Riley from Westerham Beekeepers is going to give a talk to Croydon Beekeepers during their Monday 3rd May meeting, and with thanks to Keith Mackie, Reigate BKA are invited to attend.

Steve gave a talk to RBKA on the 4th December 2019 about ‘Non-Treatment for Varroa‘. During one of our On-line Video sessions in 2020, Vince Gallo demonstrated (here) how to make a version of the Queen Frame trap that Steve had shown to be a key component of the Non-Treatment procedures.

This is what Steve says:

‘In previous discussions with Croydon & Reigate Beekeepers we have focused on the move away from chemical miticide treatments using biotechnical methods, such as queen frame traps.  This time, the content will focus on how beekeepers can identify the traits in bees that manage their own varroa populations.  The results have been better than when the beekeepers were involved.’

There will be  Q&A’s afterwards and if time, for a usual chat about all things beekeeping, no set subject, it will be about whatever crops up – so a discussion led by our honeybees.

I hope you’ll come along and support Steve in what I’m sure will be an enjoyable and informative evening.

Invitation details on the Members website here >

Time: Monday 3rd May-21 at 7.30pm

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Meeting ID: 812 2093 6014

Passcode: 644070

Any problems on the night in access to the zoom meeting, do message Keith Mackie and he will see if he can assist, as Jim does for RBKA meetings.

We’ve Been Invited to a Zoom Talk – 31st March

” Nutrition : It ain’t all about the sugar, honey ”

by Seb Owen,

Commercial Director at Vita Bee Health

Kingston Beekeepers Association have kindly extended an invitation to all members of Surrey BKA Divisions to a talk on Wednesday 31st March at 7:30pm.

KBKA have arranged for Seb Owen to present the vital importance of honey bee nutrition, how so many beekeepers are getting it wrong and what you can do to ensure your bees are as healthy and productive as possible.  Oft mused by beekeepers is when to feed syrup or fondant, and then which one ?! This talk will broaden our understanding. 

Seb Owen is Commercial Director at Vita Bee Health. Vita has an ethical approach to research and development of honeybee health products. Seb has a background in biological sciences and is a ‘part time’ beekeeper. After spending some time living and working in Hong Kong, he has been with Vita, based in the UK, for some 13 years, overseeing worldwide operations.

The event is on Wednesday 31st March at 7.30pm. There will be 30 minutes presentation, followed by Q&A. Please join using zoom link  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89370958125

Zoom etiquette :

  • All attendees will be in a waiting room until 7.30pm as we only have 100 places.
  • Please stay mute unless invited to e.g. applaud the speaker.
  • Place your questions in the Chat facility to be picked up after the talk

I look forward to seeing you on 31st


Jane Satchwell

KBKA Committee

Home – Kingston Beekeepers Association

We’ve Been Invited to a Zoom Talk – 16th Feb

Asian Hornet Telemetry

by Dr Peter Kennedy

Hampshire Beekeepers Association have kindly extended an invitation to all members of Surrey BKA to their Zoom webinar on February 16th 2021, commencing at 7:30pm.

Register in advance for this FREE webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We’ve Been Invited to a Zoom Talk – 25th Feb.

Bees ramble in the bramble for the best honey.

by Dr Natasha de Vere

Head of Science at the National Botanical Garden of Wales

Kingston Division is pleased to invite members from SBKA Divisions to their virtual (Zoom) talk 25 February 2021, Commencing 7.30pm

The zoom login is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89787817760

I am pleased to invite you to a KBKA Talk by Dr Natasha de Vere who is Head of Science the National Botanic Garden of Wales and a senior lecturer at the University of Aberystwth.  Natasha is passionate about the role of the Botanic Gardens and the ‘Growing the Future’ and ‘Biophilic Wales’ projects dedicated to increasing the health of people, biodiversity and the environment   She has recently completed a study into the diet of bees and how honey charts changes in forage.  This was reported recently in The Times, the article is attached, which is how our interest was piqued so we are pleased that she kindly agreed to give us a talk :

Honeybee historians reveal how the UK floral landscape has changed over the last 65 years : The team identified the plants used by honeybees in 2017 by DNA metabarcoding 441 honey samples from throughout the UK and compared this to a survey of honey samples conducted in 1952.  The results reflect changes in UK agriculture and provide evidence for how best to increase floral resources.

The talk will be via Zoom starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th February. Dr de Vere will present for about 30 minutes followed by Q&A and then general chit chat amongst ourselves.  You will be held in a waiting area beforehand as we have places for 100 people.  

Zoom reminders :

  1. You will be muted automatically to enable good sound quality. Kindly stay muted unless asked to unmute e.g. for applause
  2. Questions should be entered via the ‘chat’ facility.  The administrator will share these at the end of the presentation.
  3. All members can attend the talk, but those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult on camera.
  4. Also the talk may be recorded so by attending you are consenting to being recorded. You can turn off your video if you wish.

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th February,

Kind Regards, Jane Satchwell, Kingston Beekeepers Association Committee

Online Research Lecture Evening Mon, 15 Feb.

BeeCraft and the Central Association of Bee-Keepers are delighted to present two research lectures, on Monday, February 15 at 7pm.

Tickets are free! Book your place on Zoom.

[ Invitation from Alex Ellis, BeeCraft … ]

In recent years, BeeCraft has proudly sponsored lectures by young researchers at the National Honey Show. All that changed last year and the first virtual NHS in October, which we were delighted to support with a series of short Cameo videos. 

Together with the Central Association of Bee-Keepers, we will present online lectures from two PhD students: each research project is fascinating and is sure to be of interest to beekeepers and anyone with an interest in the natural world.

The programme:

7pm – Ayla Paul, University of Reading talking about the ‘Geographic origin and authenticity of UK honey samples’ followed by questions

8pm – Hamish Symington, University of Cambridge talking about ‘Flower power – the science of pollination’ followed by questions

There will be a short interval  between the live lectures

Ayla Paul, University of Reading: 

Ayla Paul, now completing her PhD thesis at Reading University, will speak about her research into the origin and authenticity of UK honey samples, giving insights of the various methods – mass spectrometry, trace element analysis and pollen analysis – that she uses to develop an ’isoscape’ for the UK.

Hamish Symington, University of Cambridge:

Hamish is a final-year PhD student in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In this talk he will explore how pollination works, how much of our food relies on insects, and how his and others’ research aims to make flowers more efficient at being pollinated, thus helping to feed the projected 2050 global population of 10 billion people. He is also a hobby beekeeper and  secretary of the Cambridgeshire BKA Honey Show.

Ayla and Hamish have given us a brief Zoom taster about their talks:

Ayla: https://youtu.be/FsO4t4itZIU

Hamish: https://youtu.be/xoaRujjUb50

Tickets are free! Please register with Zoom well ahead of time for a prompt start on the evening using this link: