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from the 2011 conference:


David Heaf demonstrates the Warre hive

Andy Pearce demonstrates The 'Perone Automatic Hive'

Phil Chandler demonstrates the horizontal top bar hive

Adebisi Adekunle - Slow Beekeeping (clip) (full)

Brigit Strawbridge - Wild Bees (clip)

John Harding - Geopathic Stress and Bees (clip)

James Fearnley talking about propolis


David Heaf talks to Phil Chandler

The Bee Song by Lara Conley Bee Song by lara conley (16bit mp3).mp3 by Lara Conley

Friends of the Bees

unConvention 2013

August 9-11 nr. Worcester

A great opportunity for 'natural beekeepers' (novice or experienced) and wild bee lovers and conservationists to meet, share knowledge, participate in discussions and debates and listen to talks.

The site is under canvas and has been run as an open-air conference centre for over 20 years. There are showers and toilets on site. If you were there in 2011, you will remember the great atmosphere and the chats and the presentations. This year, we want to make it even better, with more time for informal bee-talk and getting to know each other, plus free exchange of ideas, inventions and demonstrations of kit. So fewer 'formal' talks and more discussion and debate! You can vote here for what you want to see, hear and do!


You do not have to be a member of FoB to attend this event.
Tickets are limited and will be in demand, so book your place now!
Tickets are £125.00 (waged) and £105.00 (unwaged/student/senior) for the weekend.
No day tickets. All meals, daytime refreshments and camping site included in the ticket price.

You can pay by cheque or postal order (send with booking form); credit/debit card or Paypal (pay first and include receipt number on booking form). Please do not send cash.

You will need to bring your own tent, or book one in advance on site. If camping is not your thing, there are B&Bs and hotels nearby.

Download the BOOKING FORM which has instructions and full details of how to complete your booking - and when you have decided that you can't possibly miss this event, print it, complete it and POST IT!


If you are bringing a camper van or have unusual dietary requirements, we need your booking form by July 12. ALL BOOKING FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 26.

Pay now by card or PayPal.


Bookings will be confirmed by email

Provisional Programme


Arrive from 15:00 - checkin & site tour
18:30 - 19:30 - supper
19:30 - gathering and planning meeting


08:00 - breakfast

09:00 - 09:45 - session 1
10:00 - 10:45 - session 2
10:45 - 11:15 - break
11:15 - 12:00 - session 3
12:15 - 13:00 - session 4

13:00 - 14:00 - lunch

14:00 - 14:45 - session 5
15:00 - 15:45 - session 6
15:45 - 16:15 - break
16:15 - 17:00 - session 7
17:15 - 18:00 - session 8

18:30 - 19:30 - supper

20:00 -> evening entertainment


08:00 - 09:00 - breakfast

09:00 - 09:45 - session 9
10:00 - 10:45 - session 10
10:45 - 11:15 - break
11:15 - 12:00 - session 11
12:15 - 13:00 - session 12

13:00 - 14:00 - lunch

14:00 - 14:45 - closing session

If we follow the above plan, we can have 12 sessions of 45 mins each, with the possibility of 'doubling up' to give longer sessions of up to 1 hr 45 mins. We can have several parallel talks/discussions/demonstrations happening at once, so there will be many opportunites for sharing and learning!

You can vote here for what you want to see, hear and do!

Speakers/discussion leaders include:

Brigit Strawbridge (wild bees, bee conservation)
Nicola Bradbeer and Janet Lowore (Bees for Devolopment)
Bisi Aderkunle (Bees Abroad)
Phil Chandler (top bar hives)
Robin Morris (Warre, YaBeep)
Andy Pearce and Hazel Tarragon (Perone experimenters)
Bernhard Heuvel (from Germany - experiments will many hives)
John Vendy (TBH roof and other design improvements)
Dom Ridout (Beeconomics development project in Brazil)

(NB - not all confirmed yet!)

What do you want to talk about? Tell us here!

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