Varroa Alert!

We have been getting reports of high varroa numbers in some hives this spring, possibly as a result of the mild winter enabling queens to continue laying and allowing the varroa to multiply. It is recommended therefore, that you put your monitoring trays in under your open mesh floors for 7 days and do a daily mite drop count to see whether any remedial action is required.

Further details on varroa control will be available to all paid up PBKA members in the quarterly newsletter, which has just been sent out. Information can also be found on the BeeBase website, which has a very useful varroa calculator.

Note that ignoring the problem will not make it go away and only result in lost colonies, so urgent action is required from all beekeepers!

Feedback on your findings, whether from within Pembrokeshire or outside, would be gratefully received at in order that we can report further.

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Apiary Meetings 2015

PBKA members and attendees of the recent Introductory Beekeeping Courses please note that apiary meetings will commence this season at 2pm on Sunday 19th April, at the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre, Scolton Manor. Following meetings will be split up between beginners and improvers and details on this will follow in due course, or can be accessed here. Please bring your own beesuits etc if you have them. If you do not have a beesuit yet, please ensure that you at least bring wellingtons or boots (not Crocs or sandals!!), plus a pair of Marigold type gloves and we will give you the use of a beesuit (subject to availability).

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact Paul Eades the Apiary Manager at



PBKA Beekeeping Auction

Please note that the annual PBKA Beekeeping Auction is on Saturday 2nd May at the Brithdir Building, Withybush Showground, Haverfordwest. Viewing commences at 11am and the auction starts at 1pm.

If you have any items or bees to sell, or have any enquiries, please contact the PBKA Chairman, Tom Pegg on 01437 563392 as soon as possible.

Come and grab a bargain!!

Auction - Word and Gavel for Final Bid

Seasonal Bee Inspector vacancies

As from today, the current Seasonal Bee Inspector vacancies are now live on the Civil Service website.  Alternatively you can go to:  and search on the vacancy number which is  1448521 or by role which is either: Operational Delivery or Veterinary Services.

The vacancy in Wales is to cover North Pembrokeshire and South Ceredigion and the closing date for applications is 17th April 2015.

Frank Gellatly, the Regional Bee Inspector for Wales, has indicated that he would be happy to answer any queries.

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