Monday, 25 May 2015

Weekend course: “Bees, flies and flowers: the ecology of pollination and why it matters”

Weekend course: “Bees, flies and flowers: the ecology of pollination and why it matters”

 26 – 28 June 2015.
Are you worried about the plight of wild bees and other pollinators? 
These insects provide a crucial service pollinating crops and wildflowers. Yet there is widespread concern about their decline. This course will teach you how to identify and monitor common pollinators such as bumblebees and hoverflies, how to measure their importance to flowers, and how you can contribute to pollinator conservation.
You will learn to assess your own garden for its value to pollinators. You will try out practical techniques used in pollination ecology, including preparing a pollen sample for microscopic examination and measuring insect behaviour. Expect to go home with an entirely different view of flowerbeds and road verges. 
The course is taught by Dr Lynn Dicks, Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology. Lynn has a PhD in the ecology of pollinating insects, awarded from Cambridge in 2002 and has continued to work as a science writer and broadcaster for 10 years. She is keen that as many people as possible notice and enjoy the diversity of wild pollinators that busy themselves around us every summer. 
This weekend course takes place at the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education’s home, Madingley Hall, over the weekend of the 26 – 28 June
The course costs £250 which includes lunch & dinner over the weekend, refreshments, and tuition. 
It is also possible to stay at Madingley Hall’s B&B over the weekend at an additional cost starting from £50 per night, subject to availability. 
If you would like to sign up or would like more information about the course, please visit

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Blackwater Country Show 2015

Breaking News

Dengie 100 & Maldon Beekeepers' Association 
are attending

come and see us

We will have 
our observation hive
candle making
honey tasting
experts on hand to discuss bee conservation
have a look through our new magnifier - donated by Magnox Ltd Bradwell
or perhaps try a beekeepers suit on

Meet the team and have some fun with us 

Swarms - don't panic - Honeybee Patrol is on the case

If you have seen a swarm of bees that is causing a problem call us

We will be happy to give you some guidance on what to do and if we can assist

Magnox Ltd Bradwell - shed light on honeycomb

Dengie 100 & Maldon Beekeepers' Association attended the 

Steam & Garden Show
5 May 2015

It was a very damp day, however, Florence, and brother Finnley, from High Easter
found looking through the Association's new
magnifier really interesting

Florence tries out the magnifer

Left to right
Glenn Mayes DL Trustee, Darren Burge Apiary Manager, Zoe Bridges Newsletter Editor
all manning the stand with the new magnifier on show

Zoe (left), with Secretary, Carlie, secured the donation from Magnox Ltd

Florence and Finnley examining the intracacies of honeycomb
under the new magnifier

The magnifier has been donated to the Association by 

Thank you