Apiguard bulk purchase

Would PBKA members please note that our Thornes Agent will be ordering Apiguard for autumn varroa treatment shortly.

By ordering through him you avoid carriage payments and thereby reduce the cost. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact Geoff by the end of May at the latest to put in your order and for which he will require a small deposit.

Note that it is usually best to contact Geoff first thing in the morning and please ensure that you speak clearly.

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Swarming!

The swarming season has arrived somewhat later than usual in our area, so it is important that as responsible beekeepers we do not take our eye off the ball (or bees!) and reduce the risk of our colonies swarming so far as is reasonably practicable.

It is recommended therefore that during the swarming season you:

  • Undertake 5 day hive inspections to check for queen cell activity and take the necessary remedial action where required (such as undertaking an artificial swarm)
  • Clip and mark your queens. Whilst clipping will not prevent swarming, it does increase your inspection window, which is particularly useful during a spell of inclement weather or if you are unable to get into your hives
  • Ensure the bees have plenty of room by adding enough supers to cope with the numbers of bees and emerging brood

If any PBKA members are willing to collect swarms, please advise us by emailing pbkaapiarymanager@live.co.uk so we have your contact details available.

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National Bee Unit’s Disease and Comb Workshop

Carmarthenshire Beekeepers’ Association (CBKA) is one of the associations hosting the National Bee Unit’s Disease and Comb workshops this season. We have received an invitation from the CBKA for PBKA members to come along to their venue and take part in the workshop.

The workshops will give detailed insights on the notifiable diseases, American Foul Brood and European Foul Brood, as well as looking at the overall disease situation in Wales and updated approaches to its control. Beekeepers will learn about other pests and diseases, in particular Varroa and its associated viruses, that can pose a risk to their colonies.

The Inspectors are licensed to bring with them examples of diseased comb. Participants will have the chance to examine these live examples of disease and put their learning into practice, on the day.

Date: Saturday 27th June

Venue: Newchurch Community Hall, SA33 6AF

Time: 2 to 5 pm

There is plenty of parking, no charge for the workshop and refreshments will be provided.

Please advise the PBKA secretary, Lesley Williams asap, if you wish to attend in order that we can advise the CBKA of numbers.