Annual Report 2018

CYMDEITHAS GWENYNWYR CYMRU

THE WELSH BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION

Sefydlwyd/Established 1943                Registered Charity – No 509929

Annual Report ~ 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018

Chair: David John Bowles

Vice Chair: Lesley Williams   (co-opted August 2017) (Resigned June 2018)

Treasurer: Graham Wheeler (elected SGM 7.11.15)

General Secretary: Stephen Cox (Appointed April 2018)

Trustees:

David John Bowles        (elected AGM 2014)

Graham Wheeler           (elected AGM 2014)

Christopher Clarke        (elected AGM 2016)

Lesley Williams            (elected AGM 2016) (Resigned June 2018)

Peter Elvis                  (elected AGM 2017)

Gordon Lumby            (elected AGM 2017)

Keith Davies                (co-opted April 2017, confirmed at SGM June 24th 2017)

Stephen Cox               (co-opted June 2018)

Rachael Kellaway         (co-opted June 2018)

Officers:

President: Tony Shaw                                          (elected AGM 2016)

Vice-president: Fred Eckton

Membership Secretary: David Kennedy

Minutes Secretary: Jill Hill

Events Secretary: Jill Wheeler                             (appointed 11.09.15)

Exam Secretaries: Caroline Mullinex and Rachael Kellaway

Website Manager: Nigel Dailey                            (appointed June 2017)

Editor: Nigel Dailey

Sub-editor: Elin Meek                                         (appointed 7.12.15)

Technical Officer: Wally Shaw

Insurance Officer: John Bowles

Health & Safety Officer: John Pilgrim                   (appointed 2016)

Publicity & Press Officer: Vacant

WBKA Archive: Vacant

WBKA COLOSS officer: Garth Evans                     (appointed AGM 2017)

Theft Liaison officer: Lee Vickers                         (co-opted April 2018)

All trustees, WBKA officers and other helpers give their time voluntarily and receive no remuneration or other benefits. The WBKA is indebted to these volunteers for their continued goodwill and efforts on behalf of the Association. The Trustees have had regard to the guidance issued by the Charity Commission on public benefit.

Our Aims & Objectives:

The encouragement, improvement and advancement of beekeeping throughout Wales by:

  • Developing co-operation amongst all beekeepers throughout Wales and interchanging ideas and experiences,
  • Improving the standard of beekeeping by:
  • Publication of literature,
  • Providing and supporting the provision of apicultural educational aids and materials
  • Encouraging the training and qualification of beekeepers,
  • Arranging for national examinations at various levels,
  • Encouraging community participation in observing and learning about bees in safety,
  • and developing an appreciation of the value of bees in the enviroment.

Administration:

 A list of meetings during the year can be found at the end of this report.

The Trustees met with the WBKA Council three times (March, June & November) to report on the actions of the Management Team and to seek guidance from the membership. At each of these meetings a minimum of 60% (11) of the WBKA Member Associations were represented but overall only 68% (13 out of 19) Associations attended at least one meeting down from 80% last year. Council Meetings are only  quorate if 50% of Associations are represented. A similar drop in attendance over the coming year would lead to the WBKA becoming unviable as it would not be representative of its membership

Minutes of all Management Team meetings have been circulated via association secretaries.

Council meetings are scheduled for at least three times in 2019 the first meeting being on March 2nd Which will follow the AGM. Then on June 29th and November? 2019.

The management team will meet at least four times in 2019, the first of which will be on Wednesday 9th January at Plas Dolguog.

Management Team meetings reflect the availability and home addresses of the Trustees to ensure maximum attendance and minimum travelling expenses are incurred. The current venue is the Plas Dolguog Hotel, Machynlleth but if more trustees from the South of the country join the team that may need to be revised in future.

Difficulty in ensuring that Management Team are quorate continues to be a major factor despite an increase in the numbers of Trustee. This  was mainly  due to  illness  of  Trustees  or  serious  illness  of  a  member of  their  family  and  thus unavoidable. Gratitude must be expressed to those Trustees and Officers who regularly attend Management Team meetings.

We commiserate with one of our Trustees, Chris Clarke, who lost his wife after a long illness.

The increase in the number of Trustees and in particular Stephen Cox volunteering to become our General Secretary is making life somewhat easier and this will continue as he takes on a bigger role. Stephen will also facilitate the transition to a new Chair in 2020.

Concern is often expressed that we are failing to attract those who are beekeepers but who apparently do not wish to join an Association. Similarly concern was expressed about losses of members in some Associations (the overall membership has however remained fairly stable subject to normal ebb and flow which affects all similar organisations). It was pointed out that local recruitment is a matter for Member Associations. so it is pleasing to note that overall membership has increased over the last year by 7.6%. All bar two Associations have increased membership, some significantly. We will try to learn what the more successful Associations have been doing to significantly enhance their membership and will share that information with others.

We have discussed how we might make membership of an Association more attractive to other beekeepers and this year was no exception. We discussed this at our November Council and decided to draft a generic leaflet to promote Association membership. This will be produced in time for Associations to print for distribution at events in 2019.

The offer that was made at the June 2017 Council Meeting for Trustees to visit Associations around Wales to explain the role of the WBKA is still available although to date only three associations have taken this up.

During the year a new Data Protection Regulation was introduced at UK Government level. This was largely in response to abuse of personal information held by large organisations but as is often the case managed to require action by small organisations such as ourselves and our members. Guidance was issued by the WBKA to assist member organisations develop policies and systems comply with the regulations.

2018 saw a number of incursions of the Asian Hornet along the south coast of England. The NBU seem to have done an excellent job of responding to these incursions and to date no further nests have been reported and this would be the time of year when they would be more visible in the now naked trees. Information provided by our Regional Bee Inspector enabled us to issue guidance to our member associations. We will review this guidance over the coming months.

An unusual event took place during the last year when we received an application from the National Botanic Garden of Wales to become a Specialist Member of the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association. Given the work done by the NBGW on beekeeping related issues Council were happy to approve this application so we are now 20 in number.

No report on the activities of the WBKA in 2018 would be complete without making mention of the 75th Anniversary celebration in Aberystwyth. There will be more detail in the Events Report but all feedback indicated that this was a very successful and much appreciated event. We had excellent speakers, superior accommodation and a very enjoyable Gala Dinner. It has been suggested that we might make this an annual event! However, the organisers and other helpers could not stand the stress although a 5 yearly anniversary event might be considered subject to Members’ agreement. Our thanks to those who helped with the prior organization and those who helped out during the event.

Financial  Reserves:

The Reserve policy  states  that the Charity  (WBKA) shall maintain a reserve of £10,000-£13,000. This  reserve is  required  by Charity Law to cover operational and contractual expenses should the need arise. This policy is monitored and updated annually.

Monies held  on  the HSBC  current account are used to  not  only cover the running costs of the Association but to fund various projects such as the running of courses and the dissemination of information, by various means, such as the website, publications and booklets.

A detailed financial report accompanies this document. (Appendix B).

Governance:

During  2018, as stated above, we have seen an overall increase in  the number of Trustees, Rachael Kellaway having joined us in June, but we are still not at our full complement.

We have also been assisted by Jill Hill, who has become our Minute Secretary for Council Meetings.

Failure to recruit a full complement is an ongoing problem, year on year. Lesley Williams, has had to retire both as a Trustee and Vice Chair due to severe illness in the family. Peter Elvis, already a Trustee, has agreed to act as interim Vice Chair. This does mean that there is a vacancy for this position and we look forward to receiving nominations.

The other post that we need to fill as a matter of urgency is that of Basic Beekeeping Assessment Officer.

Membership:

The WBKA has nineteen Member Associations & one special association who represent 1,867 Indirect Members. As part of the annual capitation fee levied on each Member Association the Indirect members benefit by receiving four editions of the ‘Welsh Beekeepers’ and third party Public and Product Liability Insurance. There are currently twenty six Individual and seven Honorary Members of the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association. A detailed breakdown of membership accompanies this report. (Appendix A).

Website:

Nigel Dailey continues to juggle the role of Webmaster with that of Editor for which we are very grateful. Nigel is very competent at assembling content but feels less confident when dealing with the building blocks of the website. If we have a member who has such skills and a couple of hours a year to contribute we would be pleased to hear from you.

Any suggestions you might wish to make with regard to the website and its accessibility would also be gratefully received.

Welsh Beekeeper Magazine:

Nigel continues to make an excellent job of editing the Welsh Beekeeper having very little input from an Editorial Team which consists of the Chair, Events Secretary and Secretary. The Magazine is the opportunity for members to have their say in print whether in the form of a letter to the Editor or an article on some aspect of beekeeping. Please contribute what you can.

Publications:

Once again we have to thank Wally Shaw for updating the Comb Management booklet. We had run out of copies for distribution to Associations so the opportunity was taken to update the information.

We also published an updated and enhanced set of Disease and Pest Recognition cards. These are now bilingual in line with our policy. These were not a cheap item and while this may seem perverse, I hope you do not need them!

Meetings:

 WBKA Internal Meetings 2018:

February 3rd – Management Team – Trustees and other Officers (Dolgellau)

10th  March – AGM, Council meeting and Event Committee meeting – (Rhayader)

26th May – Management Team Meeting – Trustees (Dolgellau)

23rd  June – Council and Events Committee meetings– (Builth Wells)

28th  July – Management Team – Trustees and other Officers (Dolgellau)

6th October – Management Team  – Trustees and other Officer, Plas Dolguog

3rd  November – Council and Events Committee meetings (Rhayader)

A number of other informal meetings involving individual Trustees and Officers were held during the latter half of the year – 5 Editorial, 7 regarding Events and 75th Anniversary arrangements.

The Chair also attended and spoke at Association meetings at Bridgend and South Clwyd. He is grateful for the welcome he received and the very enjoyable and useful discussion which followed.

One of the issues raised was how to make beekeeping affordable to younger or less well off beekeepers. This is a very difficult subject as it may lead to feelings of non-entilement or need some thing which would be seen as a means test. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

 The Trustees and other Officers have worked with a number of different organisations during 2018 to ensure that the WBKA and its members are well represented and informed at both  UK and Welsh Government levels . We also work with organisations who have similar or aligning interests to ensure that we can act cohesively when necessary.

Some of the external meetings attended include those of:

BHAF (UK)

The Bee Health Advisory Forum is a UK Government arranged meeting where all National Beekeeping Associations are represented as well as the NBU, APHA, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Bee vets etc. It offers an opportunity to discuss and influence current and forthcoming issues which may threaten the welfare of our bees. The items covered in the last year are included in more detail in the Technical Officer’s report.

CONBA

The Council of National Beekeeping Association is a group attended by all the National Associations of the British Isles (including Southern Ireland) and gives the opportunity for Such Associations to discuss issues likely to affect beekeeping.

It gives us the opportunity to develop joint strategies to deal with a variety of issues including government plans both home grown and Europe.

The WBKA chair currently also chairs CONBA. CONBA meets twice annually face to face and several times by teleconference.

Wales Pollinators Forum

This is a Welsh Government sponsored forum which brings together a variety of groups who represent organisations who have an interest in protecting the wild environment and improving land management for the benefit of pollinators of all types varying from butterflies to bumble bees and honey bees.

We believe that whatever can influence and improve the physical landscape and the management of land for any pollinator will also benefit honey bees. The forum meets twice or three times per year, usually in Newtown.

WBKA representation at External Meetings 2018:

Jenny Shaw (J.S.), John Bowles (J.B.),  Wally Shaw (W.S.), Peter Elvis (P.E.),  Lynfa Davies (L.D)

20th  March –Bee Health Advisory Forum:  York  (W.S. and J.B.)

23rd March – Wales Pollinator Taskforce: Newtown   (JB and JS.)

April – CONBA: Harper Adams (JS and JB)

13th April – BDI (WS)

19th June  –   BHAF Webinar  (WS and JB)

19th October -Pollinators Taskforce,  Newtown (JB)

24th  October – CONBA:  Esher, Surrey (WS)

26th  October – NDB: Esher, Surrey (not attended.)

22nd November – BHAF . Stoneleigh, Gloucestershire (WS and JB)

REPORTS:

Examination Secretary:

Basic Assessments

17 candidates took their Basic Assessment in 2018 and all passed.  The breakdown of candidates by Association is: –

Anglesey 1
Flint & District 5
Swansea & District 3
Cardiff, Vale & Valleys 1
Aberystwyth 1
Carmarthen 1
South Clwyd 1
Montgomeryshire 4

 

Congratulations to those candidates and thanks to all the assessors, association apiary managers, training officers, and everyone else involved, for their help in arranging the assessments.

Basic candidate numbers are down on 2017 (when there were 21 passes) but we hope that Associations will encourage more members to consider taking the basic going forward.

Those who have done a beginner course and had experience of managing bees through a full year should be well equipped for the basic which is a practical assessment designed to test basic knowledge.  The prospectus may be found on the WBKA website and informal study groups set up within local associations are a great way to help prepare for the basic.

Applications for 2019 should be submitted by 1 May.

Modules

March 2018

12 candidates were due sit modules on 24 March and, on the day 11 went ahead in assorted venues across Wales, including some additional venues arranged at Llanelwedd (so that candidates who also wished to visit the WBKA Spring Convention could do so).

There were 7 passes including 6 credits.  Congratulations to: –

Module 1

Ron Pethig, Tracy Harper, Kathleen Keirle, Mary Ratcliffe, Peter Warren

Module 2

Kevin Jones, Jane Webber.

November 2018

7 candidates are due to sit modules on 10 November at venues in North, South & West Wales.  It is especially good to see candidates who have been successful previously progressing to take further modules – we have entries for all modules except 7 & 8 in November.

The Exam Secretary Annual report, due to be published in January, will include an update on the November 2018 modules.

Practical assessments

The 2 new practical assessments introduced by BBKA: –

  • Honey Bee Health Certificate
  • Certificate in Honey Bee Breeding

are available to candidates in Wales on the same basis as the modules and other higher practical assessments.  These may appeal to beekeepers who do not wish to undertake written modules, or as an alternative to General Husbandry.

We have had very few General Husbandry candidates in Wales over recent years but, if there is enough interest, we may be able to arrange a preparation day to give prospective candidates a good understanding of what is involved and required.  If this is something which would be of interest to you, please email education@wbka.com

Caroline Mullinex

WBKA Exam Secretary

October 2018

Events Committee:

The Spring Convention was attended by 415 delegates from across Wales and the borders. This year 43 Stewards helped to ensure that the convention was a success. The steward’s prize was donated by C. Wynne Jones and won by Lynfa Davies.  There were 4 new traders with 20 in total and displays from APHA and Bees Abroad. The convention made a surplus of £301.85. We continued to use a third hall to allow more traders to attend.

The Spring Festival was supported by 13 members stewarding the stand alongside the Bee Inspectors.  I would like to thank Graham Wheeler, John Bowles , Keith Hall and Martin Alderson who helped set up the stand. The stand was again very popular with both the general public and beekeepers from Wales and beyond.

July saw the 75th Anniversary Conference weekend at Aberystwyth University. This was attended by 165 delegates from across the UK and as far away as Australia! We had 10 speakers giving 15 lectures, and 11 workshops covering 6 different topics. A very big thank you to the stewards and lecture chairs as well as the set up team of Keith Davies, Lyn & John Bowles and Graham Wheeler.

 The RWAS 23rd to 26th July saw us for a second year in the Horticultural tent. This year we joined forces with the feature county, Montgomeryshire BKA. A big Thank You! to Keith Hall and  Martin Alderson for setting up the stand. 18 members stewarded the stand.

The planning for the 2019 Spring Convention is well underway. The Opening and main speakers have been booked: Margaret Wilson, Clive Hulson, Professor Robert Pickard and Joyce Nisbet. Once again the committee did not have a chair for the year as the WBKA did not have a Vice-chair.

 Publicity Officer:

 No report, position vacant.

Technical Officer:

Bee Inspection Service

WBKA has continued to work closely with the Bee Inspection Service. There have been some changes in staff this year but all post had been filled by the end of the season. The Regional Bee Inspector’s report for Wales 2018 can be found here: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=1354

Queen Problems

I have heard of no report (complaints) about queen failures this year. If there have been problems, it was certainly not down to the weather in May and June. We had a few failures but as usual these were linked to particular mother colonies which we presume (but do not know for sure) had a background DWV infection – probably the queen.

Small Hive Beetle (SHB)

News on SHB has been sparse this year but there appears to have been no spread outside the infected area in Southern Italy. No statement has been made about a change of policy from that of eradication to one of confinement although it appears, that after 5 years, that the latter is the only viable option.

Asian Hornet (AH)

Four Asian hornet nests have been located and successfully destroyed in the UK this year. Two at Fowey in Cornwall, although one was the almost completely abandoned proto-nest and therefore not viable (no queen). Another was found at New Alresford in Hampshire and the fourth in Brokenhurst (also Hampshire). Subsequent DNA profiling has shown that none of these colonies were sufficiently genetically related to suggest that there were derived from a common internal (UK) source – in other words they all developed from AH queens brought into the country as independent importations. None appear to have come from Jersey, where AH is now well-established.

Even better news is that none of the nests were found to contain any sign of new queens. There were a few males present in the nests but most of these had a genetic abnormality (they were diploid) which means that they would almost certainly have been unable to successfully mate even if a queen had been available. Diploid males are commonly found in France but their cause and the implications are not yet fully understood. Several other individual hornets have been reported this year but, as far as can be determined, none of these have come from an established nest in the UK. There are several interesting features of AH incursions so far. Firstly they have all occurred in warmer parts of the UK (where there is early spring) and none of the nests has been large compared to those found in France. It has been shown that in France only about 5% of AH queens produced at the end of the summer survive the winter and are successful in establishing a nest the following year.

This implies that many more queen have been brought into the UK and have failed to make a nest. What implications this has for the future is not yet clear. Again, beekeepers have been the main source of AH detections – both using traps and direct observation of hornets hawking in the vicinity of beehives. We all need to use traps at appropriate times of the year and be ever-vigilant in our apiaries.

Bee Health Advisory Forum (BHAF) Meetings

Again, a lot of the discussion at BHAF this year has been about BREXIT. Most of it speculation, so in the present political climate, what can I say! Ironically, the EU has decided increase the support for beekeeping and has enhanced the Common Apicultural Fund by 70%. This means that if we were still in the EU our share of the fund would rise from £650K to about 1.1 million!

I have no information on the import of queens and bee packages to the UK in 2108. It had been steadily increasing over recent years; from 4,000 queens in 2011 to 15,000 in 2017. So I have no idea whether or not the upward trend has continued. DEFRA has this year conducted a survey on how beekeepers obtain their queens and how many raise queens either for themselves or others. It has all the limitations of a ‘voluntary’ survey but at least it showed there was a wide range of opinions and behaviour. One surprising result was that 80%+ beekeepers were in favour of using local, near-native bees. At least some people are beginning to see the light!

The Annual Hive Count was repeated this year. Its purpose is now said not to be for the EU (to claim our share of the Apicultural Fund) but for the UK government. Last year’s count showed a slight increase in the number of hives compared with 2016 (whatever that means?). There is still very poor compliance by beekeepers being asked to up-date their apiary records – I have no idea what the problem is? Bloody-mindedness or laziness?

Discussion on Bee Health Plan II (to be introduced in 2019) has continued but I have nothing definitive to report. Most of the recent activity has been devoted to identifying the successes of the previous 10 years and the proof (what are referred to as metrics!). As ever, it is difficult to distinguish between what has happened because of the Plan and what would have happened anyway.

Compulsory beekeeper registration is still very much on the card. Other beekeeping organisations are split on the matter but the WBKA representatives have always been opposed (not necessarily on principle) but because it is likely to be counter-productive; causing beekeepers who unwilling to register to go underground. Because ‘compulsory’ means it would be illegal not to register there would obviously need to be sanctions but whether or not they could be enforced is another question. Our view is that compulsory registration would seriously impede the work of the Bee Inspection Service and use of BeeBase and that is what is most important. It would need a complete change in the mind-set of beekeepers for registration to work in our favour and, judging by discussion in Council, this not going to happen anytime soon.

Varroa Levels 2018

I think most beekeepers have encountered no problems with high mite populations this year. My only explanation for this happy situation is that most colonies were brood-free in late December-early January so oxalic acid treatments, if applied at that time, were highly effective. Mite falls under treatment this autumn have been well down compared with recent years. I also need to give you the disappointing news that Vita have finally given up on their attempt to register Hopguard in the UK. I can’t help but feel that influence from the pharmaceutical could just possibly have something to do with all the difficulties that Vita have encountered!

WBKA Technical Publication

A new booklet in the WBKA series entitled Comb Management was due to have been distributed in time for the 2018 season. In the end it did not get delivered until the autumn, which was pity – still there is always next year. The ‘Honey Bee Disease Identification Cards’, are still in the pipeline. I am not aware of a delivery date.

Wally Shaw (WBKA Technical Officer)

10th December 2018

Insurance Officer:

 The Welsh Bee Keepers  Association Insurance Policies were renewed through the same Brokers – Coversure Insurance as from the 1st October 2018. The premiums for the year had risen by a little under 5%.

Details of the Combined Liabilities Policy which provides protection for members against risk arising from their hobby and any posed by their products are available on the WBKA Website.

Can I remind all Committees to ensure that they take the health and safety of any member who is acting on behalf of the Association very seriously and ensure that they are properly equipped for the work they undertake. It has been the subject of discussion at many Council meetings as to whether volunteers to an organization such as the Local Association are covered by legislation.

What cannot be argued against is the fact that our insurers have included a stipulation for a number of years now which requires that volunteers working on behalf of an association must be properly equipped and working to safe working practices. Working with oxalic or formic acids can be dangerous.

There is also a duty of care when they undertake other functions such as the  use of motorised equipment, pesticides e.g. weed-killers, oxalic acid and manual handling.

We therefore need to ensure reasonable efforts are made to carry out and record effective risk assessments and provide our volunteers with protective equipment and trying to safeguard against the more serious risks. See the brief report on Health and Safety included as part of the Annual Report.

Training of Children

No cover is provided for penalties or compensation payable in the event of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult. Each Association should have a policy which deals with the special risks associated with training or mentoring children or vulnerable adults. Where this is extensive the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)  should be considered. Where training is requested by a school or other such organisation it will be up to them to apply for a DBS reference.

Health and Safety Officer:

Another yearly reminder of our Duty of Care, and requirements of our Insurers, as volunteers continued preparation of suggested risk assessments

Reminder to ensure R/A’s revisited yearly at least and keep record of changes.

  • Subjects for review and consideration
  • Welfare provisions at Apiaries
  • Lone working
  • Discussions on provision of first aiders at Apiary and other meetings trained in Epipen and similar auto injectors in an emergency

Beware contact with Asian Hornets as they can “spit” venom similar to ants (wear eye protection).

Not a legal requirement but can we always add tamper evident labels to honey jars and polite notices regarding advice on not feeding to infants.

Affix Hazard labels to polish tins for sale & note that the rules on labelling have recently changed to a Euro symbol system. The old orange square and black cross is no longer acceptable.

The WBKA Safety officer welcomes information and examples of Association’s H&S arrangements.

Risk Assessments were prepared for use at Conventions and Shows by Departments planning these events.

The Welsh Beekeeping Association’s current Health and Safety Policy can be downloaded from the WBKA website at the following address: http://www.wbka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Health-and-Safety-Policy-Version-1-23-October-2014.pdf (also available in Welsh on the website).

Chair’s note:

John has been extremely long suffering in taking on the poisoned  chalice that is Health and Safety Advisor to an organization which can only advise its members to act in a safe manner but cannot enforce its rules. It is up to Local Associations how they conduct themselves but given that their insurers require that they follow certain rules, and also, purely for concern for your fellow members who are volunteers, you should not unnecessarily put them in danger.

The cost of most items of basic protective equipment and its maintenance are not high and well within the means of Associations. If that is not the case, may I quote what a an HSE inspector used to say “If you can’t afford to do it safely, stop doing it”.

John and I have been working on an overall guide to aspects of safely running a Beekeeping Association and it is only other pressures which have prevented me from completing this work. John has been very patient with me.

I hope to complete my part of this by the Spring (of 2019) so that it can be circulated for comment.

WBKA Webmaster:  wbka.com

Over the course of 2018 the websites have been available and open 99.99%. The website is held, and its workability is maintained by the hosting internet service provider. Additional add on services are available which could assist to further the function of the website on a technical level which needs further investigation.

An evasive unresolved script in early February, resulted in the wbka theme being changed. Whether this is related to the outrage at the end of 2017 is not clear. A full in traffic commenced, which is only just increasing at the close of 2018.

To comply with the new GDPR regulations, additional components have been added.

The theme change, and the introduction of these regulation may have resulted in a reduction of the “Hits” traffic, compared with last year.  The 2018, average number of actual visitors to the website is down on a monthly basis by 10%. However, the overall trend is showing a gradual increase.

In addition, changes have occurred in the way some menu navigation content are accessed.  Specifically, to the learn and development educational layout, as directed by the wbka education committee meeting in June 2018.

Wbka.com has received a bilingual feel, where content pages displayed appear in English and Welsh. Single page content, wbka publications, leaflets and articles are presented in both languages where possible.

The dedicated welsh language website, cymdeithas gwenynwyr cymru.co.uk is supplied by the same internet provider. The community software has received additional GDPR software displayed through the medium of Welsh.  Extra content has been added, however the website awaits to be updated to reflect the new theme of wbka.com.

WBKA Editor

WB quarterly magazine has received two additional publication inserts in the year period. Summer insert received the revised Comb Management booklet. The later winter issue inserts of the Diseases and Pests of the Honey Bee Cards.

The present layout remains the same, although there has been a decline in the published letters to the editor. Overall 80% of content which appears in the magazine is supplied by the wbka members. Giving member associations and their membership an opportunity to share information and tips with the wider Welsh Beekeeping community.

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