Would PBKA members please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the open day at Rick Wilson’s scheduled for Sunday 12th July has been cancelled. There will therefore be the usual apiary meeting at Scolton Manor instead.
Please note that if you want to contact Ricky Wilson: e.g. for queens etc, then ring him on 01239 814875 after 7pm, as he is currently having problems with his email system.
We have been advised of a limited number of nucs for sale privately in the Haverfordwest area. If you are interested, please contact Jeremy Percy on 01437 751357 / 07799 698568.
At this time of year we get a lot of queries from members of the public about swarms of bees. For general information on swarms please click here.
One noticeable trend, has been the number of reports concerning bees found in the roof or facias of buildings, bird boxes etc. This may be the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus Hypnorum) which is a recent visitor to the UK, but is becoming more common.
Unlike other bumblebees which tend to nest in the ground, the Tree Bumblebee (see picture below) likes to live higher up, typically in bird boxes and roof spaces. Further information on dealing with bumblebee nests can be found on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website.
Please note that we do not remove bumble bee or wasp nests.
Another great beekeeping ‘taster’ session at the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre at Scolton Manor was enjoyed by members of the public yesterday morning, followed by a very busy training session in the afternoon for the experienced beekeepers!!
Thanks to everyone who took part – a very busy day….phew!!
If you are interested in starting beekeeping and want to know more, please look here!
We are getting reports of colonies being found short of stores, due to the variable weather making foraging difficult, combined with growing colonies having more mouths to feed.
We strongly recommend therefore, that you check your colonies to make sure they have adequate stores and take the appropriate action if they are found to be light.