South Devon Convention

to be held at

The Ariel Centre
Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX


Sunday 29 October 2017


Adult ticket £20.00
Ploughman's Lunch Ticket (Must be pre-booked) - £5.00 per person. 

Directions to The Ariel Centre, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX:

The Ariel Centre is on the King Edward VI College campus in Totnes. The entrance is just before the blue footbridge as you enter Totnes from Exeter on the A385.

It is five minutes’ walk from the mainline railway station.  There is ample parking.

View map online:

All enquiries and payments by cheque (made out to Totnes & Kingsbridge Beekeepers) to:

Mrs Lilah Killock
Totnes & Kingsbridge Beekeepers
Fosbery, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5BA
telephone: 01803 866028


Marin Anastasov holds a BSc degree in Animal Science and MSc in Organic Farming from Aberdeen University. He is a Master Beekeeper and serves on the BBKA Examinations Board. Marin has kept bees for over 20 years and currently manages 25 colonies in Gloucestershire.





David Evans is Professor of Virology in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews. He studies the biology of RNA viruses such as polio virus, hepatitis C virus and the honey bee viruses deformed wing virus (DWV) and chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV). He is an enthusiastic beekeeper, an activity that predates his bee virus research, and runs about a dozen colonies in Fife, Scotland.




Simon Croson has taken an impressively quick journey from novice to small-scale bee farmer and bee photography prizewinner. He started beekeeping in 2006.  Since then he has won the Apimondia Gold medal for bee photography in 2011 and 2013 and launched his own honey company, The Artisan Honey Company Ltd.



Will Steynor
started keeping bees in 1964 having built a WBC hive in a woodwork class at school. In the mid-70s he decided to expand his hobby into a business running 70 hives as a sideline alongside his career as an airline pilot. He ran his business until 1993 when he sold his operation and returned to the ranks of the hobby beekeeper.




Registration, question box* and trade stands
0945 Welcome and opening address
1000 The Mind of the Honey Bee
Marin Anastasov
What information do the bees need about their environment so they can orient in space and be efficient nectar and pollen gatherers? How does the environment and what we do as beekeepers influence the ability of the bees to learn?
1100 Morning break and trade stands
1130 Deformed Wing Virus: the science behind practical beekeeping
David Evans
Analysis of the interaction of the virus with both Varroa and the honey bee and the development of strategies to control DWV.
1230 Lunch and trade stands.  (Lunch is available on-site but must be booked in advance. See Shopping cart above) 
1330 Beekeeping on the Roof of the World
Simon Croson
Nepal is home to four native species of honey bee which require contrasting methods to both manage and harvest the fruits of their respective labours. Compelling photographs and associated stories make this presentation one to remember and inspire adventurous travel.
1430 Afternoon break and trade stands
1500 Time Saving Inventions for the Practical Beekeeper
Will Steynor
Ideas to help keep bees efficiently, including modifications to standard hive designs, making hives from plywood, simple queen rearing nuclei boxes and a number of other pieces of equipment used in extracting and preparing honey for sale.
1600 Raffle and Farewells

*  Do you have particular questions on any of these topics?  Pop them in the box
at the beginning of the day.