Brain in Honey Bees & Humans
A Talk By Professor Robert Pickard This was an open talk, kindly organised by the Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association, in which Professor Robert Pickard was invited to share his knowledge on how the brain of the honey bee works, and to explore any similarities and differences between theirs and that of humans. Here, I will attempt…
How to Create A Meadow and Why it Matters
Did you know that a shocking 97% of the UK’s wild meadows have disappeared in the last century? Well, it therefore, should be no surprise that biodiversity, and wild bees, are also in danger of disappearing. Understanding the importance of meadows in preserving biodiversity and knowing how we can contribute, is the first step to…
The Pear Tree is Alive!
I have been watching the pear tree at the back of our garden for a couple of weeks now. I have been waiting for that moment when the bare branches get a light green hue on their tips. Then I watched slowly as the green showed signs of white; white, little flowers. Until the wait…
I had not had Heather honey before coming to the UK. In fact, I had never had this honey until I joined the Association for a Taster Beekeeping Day where we were offered to try several specialty honeys. It was also explained to me just how special the Heather honey is, with local beekeepers transporting…
Borage Honey from Mick Smith
I had never heard of borage honey before coming to the UK. I wasn’t sure what the plant even looked like. Well now I do: it is a blue flowering, edible plant mostly used for medicinal purposes – especially when processed into oil. Both honeybees and bumble bees love it. Mick Smith is a beekeeper…
Dassett Country Show
Volunteered to represent the Association in one more show, the Dassett Country Show. To sum it up, I have three words: Hot, hot, hot. Oh, and of course, wasps. I was happy to share my passion and get quite a few people ” Ah…”-ing and “Oh…”-ing and “Didn’t know that!”-ing.