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Zeidlerei Workshop (29 & 30 Aug)

Kühlhaus Berlin
Technikmuseum Berlin

DESCRIPTION

An intensive, hands-on workshop on Zeidlerei, the centuries-old tree-beekeeping tradition, mainly practiced in East Europe. Under the guidance of Polish and German Zeidlers, participants will learn key aspects of the craft: its history, how to carve and install log hives, both traditional and modern tree-climbing techniques (weather permitting), safety precautions, tool maintenance, and more. Limited to 60 people.

 

OUTCOMES

While many apicentric apiartists already believe in the viability of “wild” honey bees, little scientific data have been collected to prove that they can actually thrive in nature with little human intervention. To that end, we will distribute the approx. 20 log hives built during the workshop to universities with entomology departments, bee institutes, and other organic locations throughout Europe. The following spring we will install them in trees on their properties, under the condition that partner hosts register data about these habitats and their inhabitants at regular intervals, based on a scientific protocol developed by Prof. Seeley.

Additionally, we’re developing an adjunct initiative for Spring 2020: a citizen-science data-collection project, whereby log hives from around the world (predominantly in Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UK, USA) would be monitored using the same protocol, thus creating an international database that could substantially contribute scientific proof that honey bees in trees can be healthy too (if not healthier than their “domesticated” cousins kept in boxes).

 

PROGRAM

Note: This is a partial program. Times and additional instructors/speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Check back for updates.

Thursday
29 Aug


MORNING

REGISTRATION, WELCOMING REMARKS, INSTRUCTOR INTROS

 
 

SAFETY DO’S & DON’TS, CHAINSAW DEMO, TOOLS INTRO & DEMO

HOLLOWING OUT OF LOGS

AFTERNOON

LUNCH

 

TREE-CLIMBING DEMO & TRAINING

 

HOLLOWING OUT OF LOGS

EVENING

LECTURE
Forest Conditions for Tree Beekeeping
Jacek Adamczewski and Andrzej Pazura

LECTURE
Why Zeidlerei and Biodynamic Beekeeping? Construction of Natural Homes
Heinz Risse

 

DINNER

Friday
30 Aug


MORNING

BREAKFAST

 

LECTURE
How to Operate a Log Hive
Norbert Poeplau and Jacek Adamczewski

 

HOLLOWING OUT OF LOGS

AFTERNOON

LUNCH

 
 

BLACKSMITH VISIT & DEMO, LOG HIVE MATERIALS DEMO

HOLLOWING OUT OF LOGS

EVENING

LECTURE
History of Zeidlerei
Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki and Piotr Piłasiewicz

 

** OPTIONAL WORK SESSION
Zeidlerei participants and instructors, conference speakers, and other invited guests formulate the fundamentals for an international citizen-science project to collect concrete scientific data on bees in trees


** Indicates optional activity. Note: Program is subject to change.