2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping,
A Future Without Imports.

Saturday 16th February 2019, Core Building, The Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG.

We are proud to announce the sequel of last year’s exciting conference exploring the progress of identification and increase of our native honey bee,Apis mellifera mellifera, aka the Black Bee and the Dark European Honey Bee.  Our distinguished speakers include Norman Carreck, Science Director of IBRA, Dr Mark Barnett of University of Edinburgh, Dr Dylan Elen of Bangor University, Professor Grace McCormack of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr Mairi Knight, Dr Jon Ellis with Victoria Buswell of University of Plymouth. There will also be the chance to hear how local beekeeping groups form the SouthWest of England are caring for their native bees. The conference will be hosted by BIBBA and The B4 Project . Please see the BIBBA website to buy tickets. 

During the week following the conference various apiaries in the South West will be welcoming delegates of the conference. 

An exhibition entitled “Views of Bees” will be open in the Core Building. This runs from 1st January to 28th February. The exhibition includes art by Kurt Jackson and Microscopy by Plymouth University and Kernow Microscopy Society.

National Bee Unit: Bee Health Days 2018

In the run up to the WBKA 75th event, workshops will be held at Llangollen in North Wales along with Bridgend and Monmouthshire in South Wales. They run from 2 – 5pm and are open to both association members and non-members. Contact the local association for details via  or


Host Beekeeper Association


Saturday 16th June


Coytrahen Community Centre CF32 9DW

Saturday 30th June

South Clwyd

St Collen’s Community Hall, Llangollen, LL20 8NU

Sunday 8th July


Goytre Hall, NP4 0AW

Friday 13th July


Aberystwyth University SY23 3FL

Sunday 15th July


Aberystwyth University SY23 3FL

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‘Virtually sting-proof’ bee suit made after allergy concern

The Sentinel Pro 3D Bee Suit, created by Ian Roberts, is made from material thicker than the average bee sting.

The suit is being used by horticulture students at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire.

It will be launched at the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Convention at Llanelwedd on 24 March.

Last Page Update 26/03/2018

Defra – Survey 2018 – Queen Replacement Practices: 

For more information and to participate before 17th April 2018

Last page update 18/03/2018

National Diploma in Beekeeping

A 2 day Handling Course in Swansea on 12/13th May.

Subsidised by Fera this is an excellent opportunity to improve your beekeeping skills with NDB qualified tutors.

(cost just £80 including lunch, both days).

For more information and to book, follow this link

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Last page update 05/03/2018


“World’s most widely used pesticides are likely to face a total European

ban after watchdog confirms they DO harm bees.”

By Press Association and Phoebe Weston For Mailonline

Read more at the Daily Mail Online

Last page update 01/03/2018

New insights into the treatment of the Varroa mite

A new academic paper/study has recently been published through Nature early this winter. The paper discusses the results of using the Chemical Lithium chloride to assist the remove of the Varroa mite.

Read more at Academic Bee Studies

Last page update 11/02/2018

Bees’ favourite plants revealed by Botanic Garden study

“National Botanic Garden of Wales research has revealed which plants bees choose for their pollen.”

“Scientists investigated the species honey bees liked most during spring as part of efforts to protect the bees’ environment and better understand their habits.”

Source – BBC News

Training Courses 2018

Please note that the WBKA does not endorse or recommend any particular Course, but please take a look at what’s available …………. Read More

Manin Page Last update 08/03/2018