🥇Drones – their role in the colony – BIBBA
Drones get a bit of a hard time and we often think of them being a drain on resources. But their role is absolutely crucial for the future of our beekeeping operations and so we mustn’t overlook them. As well as their important genetic contribution drones provide a coherence to the colony and their presence tells us much about the state and strength of the colony. Hopefully you’ll think a bit differently about them after this and value their contribution.
Part of a series of webinars at an intermediate/advanced level which is intended to satisfy all experienced beekeepers and will appeal especially to the more progressive ones, but should also be relevant to those of lesser experience who wish to understand their bees more.
If you are looking for more webinars by BIBBA, you can find them here.
Lynfa lives in Aberystwyth and has kept bees with her husband, Rob, for 15 years. During this time she has worked her way through the BBKA assessments to become a Master Beekeeper and in 2019 gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) which is the highest beekeeping qualification in the UK. She now enjoys sharing the information she has learned with other beekeepers and takes an active role in teaching new beekeepers in her local association and more
widely across Wales. Lynfa is a regular examiner for the BBKA and WBKA and sits on the WBKA Learning and Development Committee.
Lynfa currently has approximately 25 colonies which she mainly manages for honey production, something which often proves challenging in a wet West Wales! In addition, she raises her own queens and uses these to produce nucleus colonies and to replace her own stock.