Roger Patterson started beekeeping in 1963 as a teenager in his native West Sussex, keeping about 130 colonies for several years. A former BBKA Trustee he is currently Vice Chairman and Conference/Workshop Secretary of BIBBA and Vice President of Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI).
Author and writer of articles for the bee press Roger also owns and manages Dave Cushman's website, that is considered by many to be the world's most comprehensive beekeeping website. He travels widely delivering presentations, workshops and courses on practical topics. This has also given him the opportunity to see bees in different conditions.
Roger is passionate about improving the quality of bees on these islands, encouraging all beekeepers to raise their own queens from good colonies that have survived locally for several years. Through simple selection methods, his own bees are easy to manage, docile, healthy and suit their environment.
To encourage ordinary (that's most of us!) amateur beekeepers to assess their colonies with a view to improving their bees using criteria they set themselves, which we hope will include improved temper and suitability to the locality. The simple recording will give information on which colonies to cull and which to breed from. There is an encouragement to make use of some of the opportunities given to us by the bees to rear queens using natural methods, e.g. a swarming colony, as well as some of the simpler artificial methods that will suit the beekeeper or group who needs more queens. All suggested methods are easily understood and suitable for all beekeepers, whether they are beginners or more experienced.
There will be a number of ideas and options given in an unbiased way. Beekeepers should learn more, so they are better equipped to decide what characteristics they want in their bees in order to improve them and how they can achieve it.
The course will take place on Saturday 10th March 2017 at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh between 0900 and 1600 hrs and include lunch in addition to teas and coffees.
Tickets are priced at £16 and available for purchase via Brown Paper Tickets at this link: Bee Improvers for All: Book a Place