Three articles on treatment-free beekeeping were published in BBKA News No 229 July 2022. They document the experience of treatment-free beekeepers and some of the latest research.
A general article on the wild honeybees of Snowdonia, North Wales, and their intimate association with ancient woodlands of the area.
The wild honeybees of Snowdonia (2021) – by Clive Hudson
As an introduction to natural varroa-resistance there is an excellent interview with Isobel Grindrod, University of Salford
Isobel gives a very clear explanation of the behavioural traits being used by honey bees to cope with the mites.
Here is a transcript I’ve done (5 August 2021).
Treatment-Free Beekeeping by Clive & Shân Hudson 2020 as published in BBKA News No. 227 July 2020. Includes a concluding remark by Professor Thomas Seeley.
An earlier version of this article was published in Welsh Beekeeper 206, Winter 2019.
Our bee monitor was recently featured in Raspberry Pi’s magazine and on their blog: ‘BeeMonitor’, The MagPi 94 (June 2020).
Available on the Raspberry Pi Blog: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/monitoring-bees-with-a-raspberry-pi-and-beemonitor/
Available as a pdf: https://magpi.raspberrypi.org/issues/94/pdf
This article is an update of our experience of Treatment Free beekeeping.
11 Years of Treatment Free Beekeeping by Clive & Shan Hudson as published in Welsh Beekeeper 206, Winter 2019.
“Varroa Has Lost its Sting – Our Experience of Treatment Free Beekeeping”
Presentation given at Welsh Beekeepers’ Convention at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on 30th March 2019 to an audience of approximately 165. This presentation is similar to that given at the BIBBA Confernce 2018, but differs in two main aspects:
- given from the ‘Our Experience’ rather than the ‘My Experience’ viewpoint to emphasise the Treatment Free (TF) approach being taken by many beekeepers as well as ourselves.
- includes updated data and map of TF Beekeepers in North-West Wales.
Following the presentation, I was joined by Joe and Chris Ibbertson for a lively Q&A session.
Varroa Has Lost its Sting – Our Experience of Treatment Free Beekeeping – WBKA Conference 2019, Builth Wells
This article is by Claudia Blauert, from Germany following her visit to Wales, and views our Treatment Free beekeeping from a German perspective.
“Varroa Has Lost its Sting – My Experience of Treatment Free Beekeeping”
Presentation given at BIBBA Conference 6th – 9th September 2018, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. Following the presentation, and after being joined by Joe and Chris Ibbertson, there was time for a Q&A. The audience of around 60 indicated by a show of hands that approximately half were already beekeeping Treatment Free.
Should we continue treating our bees? Or is it time to put our trust in nature?
- Varroa Has Lost its Sting by Clive & Shan Hudson 2016 as published in BBKA News No. 223 December 2016 (also Welsh BeeKeeper Summer /Autumn 2016 No. 193 & 194)
- Wild Honey Bees Of The Glaslyn Estuary, Snowdonia by Clive & Shan Hudson, Autumn 2015 as published in The Welsh Beekeeper 190, Autumn 2015.
- Notes on Treatment Free Beekeeping by Clive & Shan Hudson. Supporting evidence for Treatment Free Beekeeping and the evolution of honey bees to co-exist with Varroa is accumulating locally, nationally and internationally. These are our January 2018 notes on this topic.