Thursday 28th February

Mr Norman Carreck delivered a fascinating lecture on the subject of bees and their recent decline in numbers. He pointed out the intricacies of these amazing insects, and their economic importance. He then guided us through all the different sorts and species. Looking at the loss of habitats, he began to examine the issues facing bees, introducing the audience to the problem of the varroa mite, and interestingly claiming that the pesticides many beekeepers believe to be harmful to their colonies, neonicotinoids, are in fact safe. He wrapped up the talk addressing ways we can help bees, and focused on informed planting in gardens. It was an eye opening talk and the audience all left convinced of the significance of these little creatures.

Hugh Gatenby (RPDF)