I thouroughly enjoyed the conference and learned a great deal.There is no way I can really do justice to the dozens of talks I attended,
people I met or exhibition stands I visited so I can only give a flavour of the event on this page.
As well as the exhibits in the conference centre itself the organisers had also laid on a free exhibition
in the area beside the hall. the marquees were filled with stalls selling honey and hive products as well as
information by bee related and other organisations. Some very large (but poorly thought out) observation
hives were also there to pull in the crowds. A huge sculpture of a honeybee also attracted interest.
I also liked the blue shipping container with hive installed so that bees flew out the top. This was not an
observation hive as such but via a tube fitted at the side visitors were invited to listen and smell the inside
of the hive!
I was also impressed with the chap tirelessly demonstrating a hive barrow/lifter that was operated with a couple of cordless drills.
He picked up empty hives and trundled them about the plaza area before dropping them again . He did this all day and everyday
Back in the conference proper speakers from the mediterrean countries spoke of the battle they are
having with an invasion of the hornet vespa velutina and the damage it can do to the honey industry.
also heard a lot about nosema apis and ceranae and the research that is being carried out into helping colonies
tackle this fungal pest. Breed resisitant bees and don't subject colonies to stress seemed to be the
conclusion of many.