FESTIVAL FOR THE POLLINATORS 
AND BEES OF GROIX

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POLLINIS is organising its first scientific festival dedicated to wild pollinators and bees of the island of Groix. On 7-9 July 2022, many scientific presentations, participatory workshops, hands-on demonstrations and educational exhibits will enable those who attend to discover the specific characteristics of the island's pollinators.

The island of Groix is a preserved natural environment where wild pollinators and bees live in a remarkable setting, almost free of pesticides and intensive beekeeping. The island offers an exceptional field of experimentation for the study of conservation solutions for wild pollinating insects and local bees that can be replicated and adapted worldwide.

Since 2019, POLLINIS, a non-profit organisation fighting against the extinction of pollinators, has been conducting several scientific studies to document the unique situation on the island, which is notably home to the least hybridised populations of endemic dark honey bees (Apis mellifera mellifera). Raising awareness on the importance and urgency to protect the wild pollinators and bees of Groix from all threats, POLLINIS and its partners - ASAN.GX, City of Groix, Apimondia, François Le Bail Nature Reserve - are organising the first scientific festival dedicated to pollinators.

This first festival will include an international scientific conference entitled "Turning Islands into Refuges for Pollinators''. It will bring together eminent biologists, entomologists and ecologists who will share the results of their scientific studies around the world, as well as specific work implemented on the island of Groix. Participatory workshops, hands-on demonstrations and educational exhibits will also be organised as part of the festival to allow children and adults to discover the pollinators of Groix.

Les intervenants

Les conférences seront animées par d’éminents scientifiques internationaux spécialistes de l’abeille :

Keith Browne (Irlande) : chercheur à l’université de Galway, il est spécialiste du Varroa destructor et des conséquences de l’hybridation pour les abeilles mellifères.


Lynn Dicks (Royaume-Uni) : spécialiste de la conservation et écologue, elle est chargée de cours en écologie animale au Département de zoologie de l’Université de Cambridge.
Paolo Fontana (Italie) : entomologiste à la Fondation Edmund Mach, en Italie, et président de la World Biodiversity Association.


Benoît Geslin (France) : écologue de la pollinisation, spécialiste des abeilles sauvages, et de la structure des réseaux d’interactions entre plantes et pollinisateurs, il est chercheur à l’Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Écologie Marine et Continentale (IMBE).


Fani Hatjina (Royaume-Uni) : chercheuse à l’université de Cardiff et directrice de l’Institute of Animal Science, elle concentre ses recherches sur la reproduction et la conservation des abeilles mellifères.


Hans de Kroon (Pays-Bas) : directeur de recherche à l’Université Radboud de Nimègue, il est spécialiste de l’écologie des plantes.


Per Kryger (Danemark) : chercheur au sein du département d’agroécologie de l’université d’Aarhus, ses recherches portent sur les abeilles et ses parasites.


Nicolas Laarman (France) : fondateur et délégué général de POLLINIS.


Yves Le Conte (France) : biologiste et directeur de recherche à l’INRAE (Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement), il est spécialisé dans les relations entre les abeilles et le Varroa destructor.


Violette Le Féon (France) : écologue et chercheuse indépendante, elle est spécialiste du déclin des abeilles sauvages.


Valeria Malagnini (Italie) : chercheuse au Thechnology Transfer Centre de la Fondation Edmund Mach, en Italie. Ses recherches portent sur les abeilles mellifères et sur les acariens Phytoseiidae et Eriophyidae.


Didier Olivry (France) : délégué régional du Conservatoire du Littoral de Bretagne, il est docteur et ingénieur en environnement.


Jeff Pettis (USA) : biologiste et entomologiste américain mondialement reconnu. Spécialiste du comportement des abeilles depuis près de trente ans, il est actuellement président d’Apimondia, la fédération Internationale des associations d’apiculteurs.


Fabrice Requier (France) : chercheur au sein du laboratoire UMR EGCE de l’Université de Poitiers, en France, il travaille sur les questions liées à l’agroécologie et l’écologie des pollinisateurs. Ses recherches portent sur les réponses des pollinisateurs aux changements de paysages, à l’exposition aux pesticides et aux pressions liées aux facteurs biotiques.


Ben Woodcock (Royaume-Uni) : entomologiste et écologue au Center for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) de Wallingford, au Royaume-Uni. Ses recherches portent sur l’amélioration de la gestion des écosystèmes et de la biodiversité des prairies et des terres arables.


PARTNERS

TOURS AND WORKSHOPS

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Contacts :

For any request concerning the festival, please contact Margaux Beaudier:
margauxb@pollinis.org, 
+33 1 40 26 40 34.

If you are a journalist, please write to presse@pollinis.org

If you are a scientist, please write to joanns@pollinis.org


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JULY 7, 8 AND 9, 2022
LE GRIPP, ISLAND OF GROIX

JUILY 7, 8 AND 9, 2022
LE GRIPP, ISLAND OF GROIX

TURNING ISLANDS INTO REFUGES FOR POLLINATORS

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PROGRAMME



INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE
TURNING ISLAND INTO REFUGES FOR POLLINATORS 

 OPENING SPEECH
➔ Welcome speech: Nicolas Laarman, Director General (POLLINIS, FR)    
Keynote speech: Lucas Alejandro Garibaldi (Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro, UNRN, AR)

 JULY 7  HOW TO PROTECT POLLINATORS: FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE

1. The decline of wild pollinators 
➔ Speaker: Professor Hans de Kroon (Radboud University, NL)

2. Locating wild honey bee colonies around the world 
➔ Speaker: Dr Fabrice Requier (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD, FR)

3. Honey bees surviving Varroa destructor infestations in France: lessons we learnt from 25 years of research
Speakers: Dr Fanny Mondet and Dr Yves Le Conte (Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement, INRAE, FR)

4. Links between bee health, pesticide exposure and access to floral resources: what citizen science tells us
Speaker: Dr Ben Woodcock (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK)

5. Genetically-engineered bees : a false solution for conservation
Speaker: Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher (ECONEXUS, Royaume-Uni),  TBC


 JULY 8  THE ISLAND OF GROIX : AN EXCEPTIONAL OPEN-AIR LABORATORY

Moderator : Dr Benoît Geslin (Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Écologie Marine et Continentale, IMBE, FR)

1. The cohabitation between the bees of Groix (wild and managed) and Varroa destructor
➔ Speaker: Dr Jeff Pettis (Apimondia, USA)

2. Studying the wild pollinators of the island of Groix
➔ Speaker: Dr Violette Le Féon (Ecologist, FR)

3. B-connected: examining bee health in three countries
Speaker: Dr Fabrice Requier (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD, FR)

4. Apis mellifera mellifera: the genetics of the black bees of Groix
➔ Speakers: Dr Lionel Garnery (Université Paris Saclay - IRD, Laboratoire Evolution, Génomes, Comportement et Ecologie, FR) and Dr Per Kryger (Aarhus University, DK) TBC

5. Of Bees and Men: An Island Tale
➔ Speaker: Christian Bargain (ASAN GX, FR)

6. Scientists' call for the protection of Groix - wild pollinators and managed colonies
➔ Speaker: Dr Jeff Pettis (Apimondia, USA)

 JULY 9  LEGAL PROTECTION FOR ALL POLLINATORS OF GROIX

Moderators: Dr Paolo Fontana and Dr Valeria Malagnini (Fondazione Edmund Mach - Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico, IT)

1. Creating the right conditions to conserve pollinators
➔ Speaker: Professor Lynn Dicks (Cambridge University, UK)

2. The competing pressures for protecting natural environments
➔ Speaker: Professor Lucas Alejandro Garibaldi (Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro, UNRN, AR)

3. Legal protection for the island of Pantelleria in Italy
➔ Speakers: Dr Valeria Malagnini/Paolo Fontana (Fondazione Edmund Mach - Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico, IT)

4. Monitoring wild bees in Ireland
➔ Speaker: Dr Keith Browne (National University of Ireland, Galway, IRL)

5. Conservatoire du Littoral (the French Coastal Protection Agency): protecting the ecosystems of French islands
➔ Speaker: Didier Olivry (Conservatoire du Littoral, FR)

6. François Le Bail National Nature Reserve's expansion project 
➔ Speaker: Léa Trifaut (Réserve Naturelle Nationale François Le Bail, FR)

7. Protecting wild pollinators : a political journey
➔ Speaker: Nicolas Laarman, Director General (POLLINIS, FR)

CLOSING OF THE FESTIVAL

➔ Presentation of the Appeal of Groix and the petition for the legal protection of the island
➔ Press conference

EXPOSITIONS

Three guided tours of the François Le Bail National Nature Reserve
Led by the staff of the François Le Bail reserve, this guided tour will allow participants to discover the richness of the flora and fauna of this preserved environment, in which many wild pollinators live.

01 – Discovering the beach of Grands Sables.
Fine sand, turquoise water... But not only that! From dunes to birds and vegetation, the convex beach of Groix reveals all its secrets.


Free activity. Thursday 7 July, from 3pm to 5pm, meeting point at the beach of Grands Sables car park (on the road to the VVF)
Mandatory registration by clicking here

02 – Discovery of the geological heritage of Groix at La Pointe des Chats.
No felines on the programme but a unique geological treasure within the François Le Bail National Nature Reserve. Come and discover the island's emblematic rocks as well as a variety of fauna and flora.

Free activity. Friday 8 July, from 4 to 6 pm, meeting point at the Pointe des Chats car park.
Mandatory registration by clicking here

03 – Naturalist outing to Port Saint-Nicolas to discover its rich fauna and flora.
Discover the rich diversity of fauna and flora in Port Saint-Nicolas at Pro Hor via a 2.5 km loop. On the program, paths dotted with lichens, the vegetation of the upper beach and dragonflies. A naturalist outing for adults and children, which requires a good physical condition as there is some climbing.

Free activity. Saturday 9 July, from 3 to 5 pm, the meeting point is at the car park overlooking Port Saint-Nicolas, at the end of the Quéhello road, by taking the Don road.
Mandatory registration by clicking here


Discovery tracking of wild pollinators
Renowned scientists specialised in bees will lead an in situ discovery workshop of the pollinators of Groix, whose beauty is often overlooked. During this educational outing, participants will have the opportunity to observe various pollinators previously captured and put to sleep, in order to observe their characteristics and learn to differentiate them. All pollinators captured during the workshop will then be released into the wild. 

Free activity. For all ages. 8 and 9 July, 2.30-3.15pm. Starting from Le Gripp. Reservations at Le Gripp.
 

Visit of the beehives on the island of Groix
Beekeepers from the Conservation Association for the Black Bee of Groix (ASAN.GX) and international scientists will introduce attendees to the Groix bee conservatory, the island's hives and the specific characteristics of Groix beekeeping. This visit will be carried out in beekeeping outfits, and requires high boots.

Free activity. For 6+ years old. At the Pen-Men fort, Friday 8 July, 3 – 5pm. Reservation required with ASAN.GX:  
+ 33 2 97 86 58 07 or + 33 6 49 62 92 30

Exploring wild colonies of honey bees
Several scientists will guide the participants to discover wild colonies of honey bees living in tree holes, chimneys, etc.

Free activity. For 6+ years old. 7, 8 and 9 July, 4pm, at Fort Grognon. Estimated length 30 min. Reservations at Le Gripp.

Visit of the Pen-Men lighthouse  
The Conservation Association for the Black Bee of Groix (ASAN.GX) will arrange a guided tour of the Pen-Men lighthouse and the permanent exhibition on the black bee conservatory.

Free activity. For 6+ years old. 7 and 8 July, 5pm to 6pm, at the Pen-Men lighthouse, 

Projection du film « Être avec les abeilles »
Venez découvrir le film « Être avec les abeilles » de la réalisatrice Perrine Bertrand et de Yann Grill, qui offre une plongée inédite dans le monde des abeilles et des femmes et hommes qui les connaissent. Au travers d'interviews et de rencontres, ce documentaire propose des pistes concrètes pour sauvegarder les abeilles, et mettre en œuvre une apiculture naturelle plus respectueuse. Le film sera suivi d’un débat organisé par l’association POLLINIS.

Infos pratiques : activité gratuite à partir de 10 ans
Au cinéma des familles, Le Gripp


Exposition pédagogique : Qui sont les pollinisateurs de Groix
Une exposition pédagogique installée au Gripp permettra aux festivaliers de découvrir la diversité des pollinisateurs sauvages et des abeilles mellifères sauvages et domestiques de l’île. Cette exposition sera aussi consacrée aux spécificités de l’apiculture naturelle de Groix.

Les 7, 8 et 9 juillet, au Gripp, de 9h à 18h.

Exposition du photographe Philippe Boyer
Depuis plus de 20 ans, le photographe Philippe Boyer dévoile dans ses clichés la beauté et la diversité des abeilles solitaires telles que les osmies, bourdons ou xylocopes.

Les 7, 8 et 9 juillet, au Ty Canot Maison de l’île et antenne touristique, de 9h à 18h.
Visites guidées : dates et horaires à confirmer

NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE FRANÇOIS LE BAIL
The National Nature Reserve François Le Bail was created in 1982 to preserve the rare witnesses of an ancient subduction zone, extending from the Appalachians to Bohemia, for future generations. Managed by the association Bretagne vivante, the reserve protects populations of breeding seabirds as well as exceptional habitats on a European scale: aerhaline lawns, coastal moors with ash and wandering heather, minerals and unique rocks.

For more information: https://www.bretagne-vivante.org/Agir-ensemble/Nos-reserves-naturelles/https-www.bretagne-vivante.org-reserve-groix

PROGRAMME


SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE
TURNING ISLANDS INTO REFUGES FOR POLLINISATORS

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The pollinator festival on Groix is an initiative led by POLLINIS in partnership with the Conservation Association for the Black Bee of Groix (ASAN.GX), the City of Groix, the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (Apimondia) and the François Le Bail National Nature Reserve.

The pollinator festival on Groix is an initiative led by POLLINIS in partnership with the Conservation Association for the Black Bee of Groix, ASAN.GX, the City of Groix, the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (Apimondia) and the François Le Bail Nature Reserve.

APIMONDIA 
The International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (Apimondia) was created in 1895. It promotes the scientific, ecological, social and economic development of beekeeping in all countries, and strives to facilitate the exchange of information between beekeepers and all actors involved in the life of honeybees.

For more information: https://www.apimondia.org/

MUNICIPALITY OF GROIX
Located off the coast of Brittany, the island of Groix has a population of 2360 year-round. It has an exceptional natural and cultural heritage, and about twenty beekeepers who practice beekeeping that respects the natural way of life of bees. 

For more informationhttp://www.groix.fr/


ASAN.GX 
Since its creation in 2008, the Conservation Association for the Black Bee of Groix (ASAN.GX) has been defending the black bee of Groix (Apis mellifera mellifera) and its irreplaceable genetic heritage, by fighting to obtain a decree for the protection of the bees and a conservatory status for the whole island. Asan.Gx acts through two inseparable levers: raising awareness of beekeeping that respects bees and wild pollinators, and educational and information activities.

For more information: https://www.conservatoire-des-abeilles-noires-de-l-ile-de-groix.fr/  

POLLINIS
POLLINIS is an independent NGO founded in 2012 that works to stop the extinction of bees and other pollinators on which all biodiversity depends. Funded exclusively by donations from citizens, the association advocates for the urgent restoration of an environment favourable to all pollinators, and contributes to this restoration itself through field projects, notably on the island of Groix. 

For more information: https://www.pollinis.org/

POLLINIS
POLLINIS is an independent NGO founded in 2012 that works to stop the extinction of bees and other pollinators on which all biodiversity depends. Funded exclusively by donations from citizens, the association advocates for the urgent restoration of an environment favourable to all pollinators, and contributes to this restoration itself through field projects, notably on the island of Groix.

For more information: https://www.pollinis.org/

ASAN GX
Since its creation in 2008, the Conservation Association for the Black Bee of Groix (ASAN.GX) has been defending the black bee of Groix (Apis mellifera mellifera) and its irreplaceable genetic heritage, by fighting to obtain a decree for the protection of the bees and a conservatory status for the whole island. Asan.Gx acts through two inseparable levers: raising awareness of beekeeping that respects bees and wild pollinators, and educational and information activities.

For more information: https://www.conservatoire-des-abeilles-noires-de-l-ile-de-groix.fr/


APIMONDIA
The International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (Apimondia) was created in 1895. It promotes the scientific, ecological, social and economic development of beekeeping in all countries, and strives to facilitate the exchange of information between beekeepers and all actors involved in the life of honeybees.

For more information: https://www.apimondia.org/

NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE FRANÇOIS LE BAIL
The François Le Bail National Nature Reserve was created in 1982 to preserve the rare witnesses of an ancient subduction zone, extending from the Appalachians to Bohemia, for future generations. Managed by the association Bretagne vivante, the reserve protects populations of breeding seabirds as well as exceptional habitats on a European scale: aerhaline lawns, coastal moors with ash and wandering heather, minerals and unique rocks.


For more information : https://www.bretagne-vivante.org/Agir-ensemble/Nos-reserves-naturelles/https-www.bretagne-vivante.org-reserve-groix

MUNICIPALITY OF GROIX
Located off the coast of Brittany, the island of Groix has a population of 2360 year-round. It has an exceptional natural and cultural heritage, and about twenty beekeepers who practice beekeeping that respects the natural way of life of bees.

For more information: 
http://www.groix.fr

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Screening of the documentary Être avec les abeilles (Being with bees) directed by Perrine Bertrand and Yan Grill
A film resolutely turned towards bees, full of hope, enriching, committed, exciting and politically incorrect... that will transform our view of this insect and the living world. Our relationship with the living world must change if we want to safeguard our environment. Changing our view on nature, working with it and not against it, are values that this film wants to share.

The film will be followed by a debate with the festival team.

Saturday 9 July, 9pm, at the Cinéma des Familles. Film length: 90 min. Bookings at the cinema. Usual cinema prices.

Exhibition of the photographer Philippe Boyer 
The renowned photographer Philippe Boyer will exhibit his photographs taken over the last 20 years showing the beauty and diversity of solitary bees such as Osmia bees, bumblebees or carpenter bees.

At station SNSM Port Tudy, free entrance.
Opening times :
6 July (10am – 6pm), 7 July (10.30am – 6pm), 8 July (10.30am – 12.30pm).
30 minute guided tours :
6 July at 10.30am and 2.30pm. 7 July at 2.30pm and 4pm. 8 July at 10.30am.


The scientific conference will take place every morning, beginning at 9am, at the Gripp. The program is available for pdf download:

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