WBKA Convention 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Presentation Notes

BIBBA Conference 2018

“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.

Varroa Has Lost its Sting – My Experience of Treatment Free Beekeeping – BIBBA Conference 2018, Cirencester

Presentation Notes

 

Has Varroa Lost Its Sting?

Should we continue treating our bees? Or is it time to put our trust in nature?

Related Articles:

  • 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.