Every year we try to run an event where members of the public, both bee keepers and
those just curious about microscopy, have the opportunity to try their hand at some
of the activities we do at our monthly meetings. This outreach event is generally
very popular and this year proved to be no exception - we had a total of 62 visitors,
including 12 children, which is an astonishing number bearing in mind that the event
is held in a small village hall, in a small village in the middle of a very rural
county! Add to that the fact that the weather was glorious which may have tempted
folk to head to the coast, but no, they came to Bergh Apton!
The event was held on Sunday 30th June 2019 and had a total of 62 visitors, including
12 children. The activities included;
Zoom in on pollen – make and study a pollen slide
Nosema Testing – bring your own bees
The ‘Magic’ of Polarised Light - make your own crystal slides
The Power of Magnification - from microscopes and lenses
An Observation Hive.
Do you know your bees? - bees in close-up
Bee diseases and pests - a safe look at the causative organisms
Using the stereo microscope - Insects large and small
Children’s activities, including a quiz with prizes!
Make and Take Away – an Asian Hornet Trap (Making an ‘other species friendly’ Asian
Stick insects and leaf insects - an opportunity to see and handle these fascinating
There is no doubt that the event was a great success for all the participants and
we had many comments saying how interesting, informative and well organised the day
was. Huge credit to Graham and Marika for putting it all together, it couldn’t have
been done without them!!!!!!
This page contains a report of our 2019 Taster Day where we invite the public to
see what we do. More meeting reports are available by clicking on a date below