NDB Short course – Seasonal Management – Swansea

Swansea 12th & 13th October – Margaret Murdin & Marin Anastasov

Winter colony losses are regarded as a critical measurement of beekeeper success and broader honeybee survival. We view winter preparations as part of the natural seasonal cycle of beekeeping activity, and look to understand how the aims for our beekeeping and the management decisions we take at different times of the year may affect wintering readiness and success. We look in detail at the balance between objectives, aspirations, options, and unplanned events during the active seasons, and how these accommodate or disrupt a colony’s inherent seasonal cycle.

The NDB Short Courses can provide valuable discussion, learning, and hands-on experience for those planning to take the BBKA Assessments above Basic level. The Short Courses are aimed at those beekeepers with some experience of the craft; they are not aimed at novices. We can provide guidance to applicants as to the appropriateness of our Short Courses to their stage of beekeeping. We do ask that students respect this policy.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now at £88.


The course will be held at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, SA4 8PD, just 10 mins from junction 47 or 48 off M4.

NBU Wales Bee Health Days 2019

The National Bee Unit (NBU) Wales will be running four Bee Health Days in June with presentations for beekeepers looking at bee health and good practice, and at Henfaes and the National Botanic Gardens beekeepers will have an opportunity to join in an inspection at the apiary, where we will demonstrate inspecting hives the NBU way.

Indoors you will have the chance to see diseased combs, displayed under special licence, to give attendees first hand experience of brood disease.  We will also be providing stalls of information covering a wider range of pests and diseases and relevant good beekeeping practice, from varroa control to biosecurity and exotic pests.

These breakout workshops will provide an opportunity for beekeepers to meet some of the NBU team in Wales, to get an understanding of the purpose and value of the Inspectorate’s work and, most importantly, to develop their knowledge and diagnosis of the key pest and disease threats to their bees.

Date & Time Host Venue
Saturday 8th June

2pm – 5pm

Montgomery BKA Plas Dolerw
Milford Road
SY16 2EH
Saturday 15th June

10am – 4pm

Conwy BKA Henfaes Research Centre
LL33 0LB
Saturday 22nd June

10am – 5pm

National Botanic Garden of Wales NBGW                        Middleton Hall
SA32 8HN
Sunday 23rd June

10am – 5pm

National Botanic Garden of Wales NBGW                        Middleton Hall
SA32 8HN

Attendance with Montgomery BKA and Conwy BKA is open to all beekeepers, further details from the association.

The event is now on the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ website at – https://botanicgarden.wales/visit/whats-on/bee-health-event-in-partnership-with-the-national-bee-unit-wales/   The programme runs 10am –– 5pm with a break for lunch 12pm – 2pm and is the same for each day Saturday and Sunday June 22nd/23rd 2019.

Spaces are available to book via the Garden’s Eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bee-health-event-digwyddiad-iechyd-gwenyn-tickets-60573523038

Entrance to the Botanic Gardens is £10.45 or £7.50 each for groups of 10 or more, you book on 01558 667148. The NBU Bee Health event is no extra charge, the gardens have a lot to offer if you make a day of it, they are well worth supporting.