The Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations - Beekeepers' Day 2017


The Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations


Barnet and District Beekeepers’ Association. Ealing and District Beekeepers’ Association.

Enfield and District Beekeepers’ Association. Harrow Beekeepers’ Association.

North London Beekeepers’ Association. Pinner and Ruislip Beekeepers’ Association.

Hosted by Ealing and District Beekeepers’ Association


Saturday 25th February 2017

10.00 am Welcome with coffee / tea on arrival.

10.30 am Monitoring honeybee colony activity with accelerometer sensors.

Dr Martin Bencsik. Supplier of the measurement and software which is animating The Hive Project at Kew, using honeybees from Kew.

12.00 Making a Start in Spring. Clive de Bruyn NDB

1.00 pm Lunch: Refreshments provided at a modest price.

2.15 pm Fun with Pollen Traps. Bob Smith NDB

3.45 pm Annual General Meeting of The Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations. All Federation members should attend. This is an opportunity to participate, and find out what is happening, in the Federation, BBKA, and the National Honey Show.

On site, all day

Wax exchange by Roy Cropley.

Bring rendered beeswax and receive foundation of your choice &

Equipment for sale by Bee Basic Ltd.


Dr Martin Bencsik

Martin Bencsik is a Reader in Physics at Nottingham Trent University.

Martin obtained a Masters in theoretical physics in Lyon, France, and a PhD in Physics from the Nottingham University in 1999 followed by a period of postdoctoral research on Magnetic Resonance Imaging also at the Nottingham University.

In 2003 he joined the Nottingham Trent University as a Lecturer in Physics.

Martin’s research focuses on novel applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and more recently on bioacoustics, including honey bee colony condition monitoring.


Clive de Bruyn

With an honours degree in Metallurgy early years were spend in the Sheffield steel industry. In the early 60s honey was 4s/lb. “I can keep bees I thought”. It took me 3 years to appreciate that it was cheaper to buy honey than keep bees. Since then I have been an amateur, commercial and professional beekeeper in 11 English counties.

In 1976 I gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping and soon afterwards I joined the MAFF National Bee Unit where I participated in setting up the apiary and laboratories. After 4 years I was in charge of administering the Bee Disease Order.

I then worked for Honey Farmers Ltd, (2000+ colonies) as trouble-shooter and queen rearer. During this time, I was seconded to Jamaica to organise queen rearing on the island.

For 18 years I was the County Beekeeping Instructor for Essex. “The New Varroa Handbook” co-authored with Bernhard Mobus was released in 1993. A book of mine, “Practical Beekeeping” gained a bronze medal at the 1999 Apimondia Congress Since my redundancy I now run about 200 colonies for honey and pollination.

Clive has travelled extensively to see how beekeeping is practised in other countries. He has worked in the Caribbean, Nepal, S. Africa and been involved with beekeeping in Madagascar.

Clive serves on various BBKA committees and the National Diploma in Beekeeping Board. He is an examiner for all the BBKA examinations and the NDB.


Bob Smith

Bob runs a variety of training events in Kent and elsewhere for local and national beekeeping groups. In particular, he is coordinator for the “Beekeepers @ KSRC” initiative which aims to provide training and educational opportunities for Improver Beekeepers, a group frequently poorly served by local groups which naturally have to concentrate on beginners. Venues all around Kent, Middx beekeepers welcome! See

Bob has been keeping bees since the mid 70’s, currently managing 8 colonies on 2 very different sites. He was a Seasonal Bee Inspector for 6 years, is a holder of the NDB and a member of the Medway Beekeepers Association.

We never stop learning when we keep bees; Bob’s science background has led to a series of experiments with the bees, from foraging patterns via pollen analysis to experiments with double (14x12) brood boxes and most recently, a Kent-wide citizen science project investigating the extent to which drones drift between colonies and apiaries.


Sunday, 15 January, 2017 - 15:30