17th Annual Seminar

“Not just beekeeping”.

Memorial Hall, Wendover HP22 6HF

£12, inc lunch. Please book through John Catton 01494 726616 or email :

Speakers (and their talk topic)

Andrew GibbAndrew Gibb

Drone Psychology

Andrew Gibb:  is a Master Beekeeper, a BBKA Examiner and manages 12 hives in two aperies in Surrey. He is currently chairman of Bee Craft Ltd, publishers of BeeCraft magazine and a wide range of beekeeping books and booklets.  He has also served as Chairman and Show Secretary of Surrey BKA.Andrew started beekeeping at school where his biology master encouraged students to show interest in a hive he kept on his laboratory roof.  He continued his beekeeping after leaving school with a hive and equipment kindly given to him by the well-known Surrey beekeeper Mrs. B.W.Hamlin. 10 years later he had increased his honey yield by 50% and passed his BBKA Basic.

Celia DavisCelia Davis

Beekeeper vs bee

Celia Davis gained a degree in Agriculture and had taught pure and applied biology for some time.  She has kept bees for over 20 years and obtained her National Diploma in Beekeeping in 1994, having previously won the Robert Hammond Award and the Wax Chandlers’ prize.  As well as writing two well-known books – ‘The Honey Bee Inside Out’ and ‘The Honey Bee Around and about’, Celia was a member of the BBKA Examinations Board for 6 years (in the 1990’s) and remains an examiner for the BBKA and tutor for the BBKA Correspondence Course.  She now lectures widely on many beekeeping subjects.
Celia’s Books:

Peter BrashPeter Brash

Bees and the National Trust

After gaining an Honours Degree in Ecology from the University of East Anglia, Peter began his career by volunteering for the RSPB in Dorset, working on several projects on heathland and reedbed sites in the county before joining the National Trust Biological Survey Team as Insect Ecologist in 2003.He is currently providing wildlife and countryside advice in the London and Southeast region, which covers all species of bee including solitary bees and bumblebees as well as honeybees. Peter has also been conducting annual wildlife and weather reviews for the past five years, analysing the effects of weather on our wildlife.


WHAT ELSE…apart from the Seminar?


National Bee Unit

Come and talk about diseases, or indeed any other husbandry matter with our Seasonal Bee Inspector Julian Parker. 

Bumble Bee Conservation Trust

The importance and scale of pollination by bumblebees and other unmanaged bees is now widely recognised.  Come and learn more. 

The Co-Operative membership (farmers)

The Co-Operative movement farms over 50,000 acres across the UK. They have restored natural habitats such as hedges, rough grassland and wildflower meadows to attract insects. 

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

Established in 1959, BBOWT manages 80 nature reserves, influencing land management across the 3 counties.  It works actively to educate and encourage all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife.

The National Trust

Come and talk to beekeepers who manage the apiary at Hughenden Manor.

Dragon’s Breath

Attractive bee and hive related gifts for sale, hand-made by Min Morgan.

Second hand equipment

Run by Scott Rutland from High Wycombe BKA, with 10% of sales going to County funds.

Just how knowledgeable are you?

An intriguing competition devised by North Bucks…with a prize! 

Our raffle: “Bees for Development”

Bees for Development assist beekeepers living in poor and remote areas of the world by lifting them out of poverty through beekeeping.