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Last Page update 24/11/2017


Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru
Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
Convention 2018 – Saturday 24th March 2018

Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground
Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

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Beekeeping Conventions 2018

Last update 27/10/2017


Asian hornet outbreak contained


Asian Hornet Identified in North Devon

26 September 2017

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in North Devon which was spotted by a beekeeper in their apiary on the 18th September 2017. The contingency response has been initiated and a press release has been issued by Defra.

Also available on WBKA News Feed Central under Bee Base

Last page Update 29/09/2017


Press Release:

Beekeepers and friends are invited to join us in celebrating the WBKA 75th Anniversary

Aberystwyth University.In the Summer of 2018

For details Cylchwyl 75 Anniversary and available at Beekeeping Conventions 2018


Bee Craft webinar

The next Bee Craft webinar will be on Tuesday, 19 September, so pop that date into your diary.  If you know any new beekeepers, please encourage them to watch and ask any questions of the team through our website link.  All hangouts are recorded to watch later if they are busy on the night we go live.

A direct link can also be found here from the WBKA website.

Last update 04/09/2017


Blunder wipes out 1,500 rare Welsh bees

More information from the Daily Post

Last Page update 19/08/2017


Asian Hornets were found in Guernsey but what do they look like?

Three adult Asian Hornets were found near Torteval Church in Guernsey on July 27.

The species, also known as the Vespa Velutina, have also been spotted in Jersey, Alderney and Sark.

Read and see more at Somersetlive

Last page Update 31/07/2017

 


Maths explains how bees can stay airborne with such tiny wings

By Timothy Revell

We first realised that bees seem to flout the laws of mathematics in the 1930s. Calculations showed that their wings could not provide enough lift to get their bodies off the ground, but that didn’t stop them.

Read more from the New Scientist

Last Page Update 28/07/2017


News Release

Bees for Development Bee Garden Party – Marlborough House London 29 June 2017

Hundreds of supporters of Bees for Development gathered to celebrate bees and the work of the Charity in the gardens of Marlborough House, a former Royal Palace and HQ for The Commonwealth.  Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of The Commonwealth opened the event and spoke of the importance of bees. 

The BBC’s Martha Kearney hosted the Party together with Classic FM’s Bill Turnbull.  As the evening unfolded, Martha interviewed guests including eminent scientists, artists and others with extraordinary lives connected to the world of bees.  Political Guests included Government Ministers Michael Gove and Lord Alli, while bee researcher Professor Dave Goulson promised that topical new findings on neonicotinoid pesticides would feature in the following day’s news.  Peter Tompkins, Master of The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers explained his role, as did Doctor Who Director and Idle beekeeper Bill Anderson, and stock-broker-turned-beekeeper Dale Gibson of Bermondsey Street Bees.

Read more of the News Release

Last Page Update 20/07/2017


2017 Honey Survey

At the National Botanic Garden of Wales we are investigating which flowers honey bees forage on to help us inform future choices when it comes to managing habitats and planting pollinator-friendly flowers.

Additional information concerning the 2017 Honey Survey can be accesed from https://botanicgarden.wales/science/saving-pollinators/2017-honey-survey/

To partcipate and assist in the Survey

https://botanicgarden.wales/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Survey-form-and-collection-instructions-website-version.pdf

Many thanks to the Gwynedd Beekeeping Yahoo mailing group for the notification.


Latest Academic Studies Bee Studies

Life-history traits of wild honey bee colonies living in forests around Ithaca, NY, USA

Thomas D. Seeley

Remarkably, the suite of colony life-history traits found in the 2010s (with V. destructor) matches that found in the 1970s (without V. destructor). It seems likely that the wild colonies living near Ithaca, NY, possess defenses against V. destructor that are not costly.

To read more or to bookmark the site web Latest Academic Bee Studies page.

http://www.wbka.com/news-events/latest-academic-bee-studies/

Last Page Update 15/07/2017


Beekeepers are invited to join members of the Bee Craft team

in their Hangout

Not good news that an Asian Hornet nest has been found on Jersey. This just reminds us all to keep a look out everywhere in the U.K. as the threat has not gone away. I was speaking with a bee inspector the other day and she advised that it was still a bit early to spot them, so now is the time to be vigilant.

The season is drawing to a close and varroa treatments must be on everybody's minds, so that will be the main topic for our hangout this week. We are doing these webinars trying to reach new beekeepers who may be struggling with any number of issues, so please share/forward this email to all the beekeepers you know. We will be online to answer your questions at 8.00pm on Thursday 13th July.  Feel free to add a link to our hangout page on your website too with the reminder that any questions on any beekeeping topic can be emailed through the same link before or during the webinar.

As a reminder we have a direct link from our website from the Learn drop down menu.

Last Page Update 11/07/2017


What is a swarm?

Basically a swarm is the mass movement of honey bees from one home to the next. The most common reason for the bees to do this is when a colony gets to a certain size and splits into two colonies, this is normal behaviour and is just the bees way of expanding.

A swarm can be quite a frightening sight when ‘on the wing’ with possibly thousands of bees swirling around. Once they land and group together they appear much calmer, and you could almost walk past without noticing them.

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Bees grouped together hanging from a branch

Beekeepers are normally happy to come and collect a honey bee swarm and rehouse them in a safe and appropriate site. This helps alleviate the possible problems caused when the bees decide to make their home in your house, outbuilding or somewhere else equally problematic.

To avoid contacting a local beekeeper in error when you see a large number of flying insects that are not honey bees, we have some identification tips:

Some types of bee live in colonies in places like air bricks in your house, or in holes in the ground. You'll see them coming and going, but normally just a few at a time. Wasps will make their home in the most awkward places, the corner of your garage or shed, even in your loft. These wasp nests will have the appearance of a football hanging from the roof or a beam and you’ll see many more insects flying. Wasps also make their home in holes in the ground and it can be difficult to identify where they’re coming from, normally you’ll see large numbers of these wasps flying around the area of their nest.

The vast majority of beekeepers are enthusiastic amateurs who will give their time and resources to come and help, but it would be unfair to expect them to come and advise you on wasps or similar insect problems, so before you contact them please try and identify the type of bee or wasp you’ve seen, perhaps try and take a picture to send. If it turns out you have a honeybee swarm the beekeeper will need to collect some basic information from you, things like:

Where is the swarm? In a tree/bush or in/on a building and how high off the ground?

Is the swarm on your property or someone else’s?

How long has the swarm been there?

If you still think you have a swarm then click here to visit the association pages to find your nearest association who will be able to advise you further.


International Bee Research Association
Press Release
 

New information about neonicotinoids and bees.

Plus associated documents

Thiacloprid alters social interactions among honey bee workers (Apis mellifera); Nade`ge Forferta* and Robin F A Moritza, and Freddie-Jeanne Richarda

Larval exposure to thiamethoxam and American foulbrood: effects on mortality and cognition in the honey bee Apis mellifera; Anna Papacha,b, Dominique Fortinib, Stephane Grateaub, Pierrick Aupinelb and Freddie-Jeanne Richarda

Page Last Update 10/07/2017


Beekeepers are invited to join members of the Bee Craft team

in their Hangout

On Tuesday 13th June at 8.00pm all beekeepers are invited to join members of the Bee Craft team on our Hangout. 

We will be pleased to introduce our new host, or should I say, hostess, Clair Harwood, so please log in and give her a warm beekeepers welcome. 

We will be covering re-queening, swarming/prevention and anything else you would like. 

Simply click on this link, or go to our website, www.bee-craft.com and click on the hangout/webinar tab and follow the instructions.

As a reminder we have a direct link from our website from the Learn drop down menu.

Last page update 11/006/2017


National Bee Unit Wales : Beekeeper Advice Surgeries in 2017

The NBU team will be getting out and about to local association venues this year and offering new, more tailored support sessions to local beekeepers. The Beekeeper Advice Surgeries in Wales will follow a slightly different format from the familiar workshops in order to offer greater variety and flexibility for busy beekeepers …….

Interested – Read More

Last page update 09/05/2017


Latest press release from the International Bee Research Association

Providing information on bee science

New Special Issue of Bee World on the “superorganism”

Last page update 21/04/2017


Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
Convention 2017

Saturday 25th March

Speakers' Photographs

Traders' Stall Photographs

last page update 28/03/2017


Europe poised for total ban on

Bee-harming pesticides

Exclusive: Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees

To read more on Damian Carrington article from theGardian online Thursday 23 March 2017

last page update 23/03/2017


Beekeeping with local bees – Welsh Conference

Cywain Bee – CAT Machynlleth 23rd Feb. 2017

These notes were originally written for members of Lleyn & Eifionydd BKA and other beekeeping friends who were unable to attend the Welsh Conference – ‘Beekeeping with local bees’, 23rd Feb. 2017. It has been suggested to us that they may be of interest to other beekeepers unable to attend. The notes are intended to be read in conjunction with the ‘Speaker Biographies’ that were provided at the Conference.

To read more see Latest News


A motion was passed at the WBKA Council Meeting on the 4th March 2017 at the Elan Valley Hotel by the Member Associations present,  who voted unaminously to make the Welsh BeeKeeping Magazine Open Access.

The WBKA Web Team is presently undertaking the task to make all present and past WBK magazine available online via this website. If the issue is not presently available, please come back and


WBKA Language Statement
Wales is a bilingual nation where the presence of both languages can be seen and heard and are the subject  of  pride  and  strength  to  all. WBKA  wishes  to  promote  bilingualism  where  possible  and practicable.

 

Last page update 7/03/2017