The Beginner’s Beekeeping Course is filling up!

There are now only a few places left for the one-day classroom based beginners course on Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest.

These courses have been very popular and given many potential beekeepers the confidence to proceed to practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

So if you are interested, please book now to avoid disappintment and email: pauleades@btinternet.com for details and an application form.

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Successful PBKA Annual General Meeting 2016!

Many thanks to all of you who came to the AGM last night. It was an excellent turnout and a very positive meeting.

We are pleased to announce that our new Chairman for 2016 is Jeremy Percy, who many of you will know from the apiary training sessions and also the classroom courses that he and Paul Eades run.

As advised at the meeting, if any members would like to mentor other beekeepers, start up local groups, act as swarm collectors or volunteer as helpers during the season please contact Paul Eades the Vice Chairman/Apiary Manager. Please let Paul know also if you would like to do the Basic Assessment this year, as we hope to be arranging dates with the WBKA in due course.

Contact details for Jeremy, Paul and the rest of the Committee can be found here.

Introductory Beekeeping Course – Saturday 12th March 2016

A one-day classroom based course for the complete beginner is scheduled for Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest.

These courses have been very popular and given many potential beekeepers the confidence to proceed to practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

Places are limited and invariably fill up quickly, so booking early is strongly recommended!

To find out more and how to book, please email: pauleades@btinternet.com for details and an application form.

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Notice re Oxalic Acid treatment

As you will all be aware, the last few months in Pembrokeshire have been unseasonably mild, which has resulted in queens continuing to lay significant amounts of brood in many hives. This not only impacts on the amount of stores they have available (which needs to be checked regularly), but given the cold spell we are now moving into, some of you may be thinking of treating your hives with Oxalic Acid against the Varroa mite.

Note however, that using Oxalic Acid will destroy brood and we therefore recommend that you refrain from using Oxalic Acid treatment unless you are absolutely certain there is no brood present. Instead, we suggest that you undertake Varroa monitoring in the early spring and if necessary use an alternative Varroa control.

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