There's a buzz in the air! Wiltshire bee and honey show programme announced

By Emily Howell - 2 September 2019

Community

The Wiltshire Bee and Honey show organisers have revealed their programme of speakers and exhibitors for this years’ day long festival. This event, starting on the October 5th, will teach visitors how to build a hive on a budget, honey making and how bees communicate.

Amongst those giving free lectures is local bee keeper, Richard Rickets, training officer for Melksham and District Beekeeper’s Association and Deputy Editor of one of the UK’s most popular bee magazines, Bee Craft. He will be explaining how to get into bee keeping, the trials, tribulations and excitement of harvesting your own honey and answering questions on everything from the cost of setting up your own hive to coping with bee stings.

He will be joined by Lynfa Davis, a master beekeeper who will explain how bees communicate with each other as well as the importance of comb production. Another of the keynote speakers is Norman Carreck a beekeeper for nearly 40 years, as well as being a bee research scientist at the University of Sussex. He will be talking about the future for local bees in Wiltshire and the whole UK.

Wessex Water headline supporters of the show will be explaining how visiting green spaces can help improve your health and wellbeing and the many ways to can take part and enjoy the beautiful sites across our region, together with goodies to bring wildlife to your garden.

There are a number of exhibitors including Walworth’s Brewers from Devizes, who have developed a special ale for the show and visitors can sample the new honey flavoured beer. There will also be mead, for those that want a taste. They will be joined by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, CPRE Wiltshire, Woodland Trust and Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.

Visitors are promised hands-on experiences from candle rolling to exploring inside a virtual hive as well learning all about where and when they can find flora, fauna and open spaces in Wiltshire that are home to many varieties of insects.

Saturday, 5 October 2018 – entry is free to all. Corn Exchange, The Market Place, Devizes SN10 1HS

Contact the organiser: wiltshoneyday@gmail.com

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