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How Many Beekeepers

In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives.
They produce 6000 tones of honey per year.
Each hive is worth about £400 to the agricultural economy.
We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.

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5th November 2015 - Sidcup Beekeepers Lecture with Jennifer Berry

Published 17.Sep.2015, 6:12pm


Sidcup Beekeepers are extremely fortunate to have secured Jennifer Berry, Manager and Research Director of the Honey Bee Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, USA to give us a lecture on Thursday 5 November 2015.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance by emailing

Venue: The Crofton Halls, York Rise, Crofton Road, Orpington, BR6 8PR

Starts: 7:30pm

Entrance fee: £5.00

Title: The American take on keeping bees

  • Autumn fundamentals and feeding, including the need for and why, using the protein supplements
  • Her method of queen rearing and breeding, selection of breeder colonies, which race and why? Drone rearing. Selection and examination for the hygienic behaviour
  • Her method of Varroa control, including the need to check for the Economic Threshold Level of infestation and with the minimum effects on the fitness of both sexes of bees

Light refreshments will be served.

Jennifer Berry is the Manager and Research Director of the Honey Bee Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, USA.

She is the Research Coordinator, working closely with Dr. Keith Delaplane on a variety of projects, many aimed at reducing the use of chemicals in her own and the university managed research colonies, and measuring the sub-lethal effects of using chemicals on bees. Her other research concentrates on a long-term queen breeding program, with the emphasis on selecting for hygienic behaviour traits, as well as for gentleness, longevity, pest resistance and honey production.

In her spare time she is a keen beekeeper and runs her own queen breeder and nucs producing business.

She enjoys educating the public about the value of pollinators and other beneficial insects, and about the need of reducing the use of pesticides.

Jennifer publishes regularly, both in general bee publications in US and in UK, and in specialised academic journals.

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