Monday, 12 April 2021

Avoncroft Update - "Windmill" Apiary now has residents

The new Avoncroft apiary - dubbed the "Windmill" apiary, as distinct from the original "Orchard" apiary, now has some residents.   Thanks go out to Greg Hunt, Jay Rixon and all the other members of the team for making it happen, as shown below.





Saturday, 3 April 2021

BIBBA YouTube Channel

 Most of the BIBBA webinars have now been uploaded to YouTube.     
If you subscribe to their channel hereit will help them provide further services.

In case you were wondering......

The post on April 1st was NOT a joke - it is all true !

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Bees Versus Landmines

Among the virtues of bees you may not be aware of is their knack for detecting bombs. Thanks to the fact that they can pick up the scent of explosives with their antennae, researchers in countries such as Croatia have spent years perfecting how to use bees as landmine locators. But there's a problem............


Monday, 15 March 2021

Winter Talk #5 - Drones

A reminder to join us for the last (but not least) in our series of winter talks,
which should appeal to all beekeepers:

                             "Drones"

Friday, 19th March, at 7:30pm via Zoom

                    Presented by Celia Davis

                      
If you have not received the meeting link, please contact Bob Powell.
There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the talk.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

New Avoncroft Apiary - Progress Update

Work has been carried out this week on the new "Windmill" apiary at the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove.  It is now ready for the arrival of our over-wintered colonies, subject to March weather being kind enough for their transfer.

Below are a couple of photos of the site, which allows plenty of room for future practical sessions (covid restrictions permitting).  



Sunday, 21 February 2021

Bee Smart - How Maths-solving Honeybees could help Artificial Intelligence development

Honeybees can solve a type of maths test without any need for numbers – a discovery that could be used to develop smarter artificial intelligence – according to new research from the University of Sheffield:
https://www.techdigest.tv/2021/02/how-maths-solving-honeybees-could-help-ai.html

For a more detailed analysis, please see the Royal Society research article:
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2020.2711