Honey Kitchen’s ‘5 Star’ rating!

As the highest rating that can be achieved, this demonstrates outstanding food hygiene standards and the determination of the PBKA to maintain the Honey Kitchen as a centre of excellence!

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‘PBKA Centenary’ clothing

Now don’t just ‘bee’ the part, look the part with the ‘PBKA Centenary’ logo!
The Association has teamed up with one of our members who operates ‘T’s R Us’ to provide members with clothing that carries the PBKA Centenary logo. You can even purchase an embroidered badge and they will sew it on to your beesuit.
Simply call in to any of the ‘T’s R Us’ outlets at Prendergast, Haverfordwest, Rumbleway Service Station, Lake Drive, New Hedges, Tenby or Laws Street, Pembroke Dock, mention that you are a member of the PBKA [non-members can also purchase clothing and logo of course!] to choose from a vast range of quality clothing that ‘T’s R Us’ will then embroider with the logo.
Prices: ITEM RRP
ONE COLOUR HOODY £25.00
LADY’S HOODY £25.00
TWO COLOUR HOODY £27.00
ZIPPED HOODY £27.00
TEE SHIRTS £15.00
POLO MEN £17.00
POLO WOMEN £17.00
FLEECES £25.00
GILET £25.00
LADY’S VARSITY JACKET £30.00
BEE SUIT BADGE £10.00

KIDS ONE COLOUR
HOODY £20.00
KIDS TWO COLOUR
HOODY £22.00
TEE SHIRTS £12.00
POLO SHIRTS £15.00

And just to make your day complete and to see just how attractive the logo is, your Committee has braved the camera to show you:

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BBC report on the concern over spread of AFB in Wales

Concern has been growing over the spread of a deadly disease among the Welsh bee population.

American Foulbrood (AFB) is a highly-infectious disease which is caused by a spore-forming bacteria transferred to the bees through infected food.

It is described as the most widespread and destructive of all the bee brood diseases with no cure.

If detected the whole hive including the bees and honey have to be destroyed.

See the BBC article here.

Also, an interview with Paul Eades, PBKA Apiary Manager on BBC Radio Wales this morning, (Friday 16th August) at 2 hrs 26 mins 50sec.

Plus, a report on BBC TV’s, Wales Today, at 6.30pm this evening (Note this programme was not broadcast due to technical problems at the BBC, we will advise rescheduling in due course)

Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association, once again reminds all of its members to register on Beebase

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Apiary meeting reminder!

Will PBKA members please note the following apiary meeting changes:

This Sunday’s 4th August, ‘Improvers’ meeting at Scolton, is cancelled, as there will be a honey extracting demonstration to coincide with the ‘Paws in the Park’ event. The next meeting will be on Sunday 18th August at 2pm.

Regarding the ‘Beginner’ sessions
at the Rhos Apiary. The meeting scheduled for Sunday 11th August has been cancelled but for those members who have attended at any time during this year only, we will be doing an ‘introduction to honey extraction’ demonstration at Picton Home Farm, The Rhosthis coming Sunday 4th August at 2pm, covering clearing supers of bees, uncapping, extracting, storing and bottling. We will also look at getting the best from your wax.
The venue will be signposted but it is simply into the village, turn up towards Picton Castle and its the farm drive a couple of hundred yards on your right with Picton Home Farm sign in the grass [NOT the Picton Home Farm Barns turning].

Wasp alert!!

Wasps are making their appearance felt now around the hives.

To keep the pesky invaders out:

Reduce the entrance size of the hive, probably opened fully during the recent hot weather, to give the bees a smaller area to defend.

Put out wasp trapswasp trap (Mobile)these can be bought or easily made with a jam jar with a hole made in the lid or from a plastic drinks bottle as shown. Jam attracts wasps, but not bees.  Do not use honey in the bait of course.

Be tidy and keep rubbish away from the apiary, which could attract wasps and other pests!

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Reporting a Swarm!

Honey bees can swarm at any time from mid-April to August. A swarm of bees can be a worrying sight, but swarming bees rarely sting: their objective is to find a new home as soon as possible. Where safe and practical to do so, Pembrokeshire Beekeepers will attempt to recover honey bees and place them in a hive.

However, please ensure that what you have found are honey bees before contacting us on the telephone numbers at the bottom of the page, by using the following guide:

1. Honey beesare about the same size as a wasp but are duller in colour – if you see a large cluster of thousands of insects hanging on a branch or fence post this may be a swarm of honey bees. Please note that we do not recover bees from buildings etc. for health and safety reasons and because of the structural damage that may be caused. We will also not destroy honey bee nests – this is a pest control problem – honey bees are not protected, so do not be put off if you are told this. If a Pembrokeshire resident, call Pembrokeshire County Council’s, Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551 and ask for Pest Control.

2. Wasps

do not swarm. Each year a new nest is built which looks like a paper lantern.  Close to it is easy to distinguish between wasps which are brighter yellow and with a narrower waist than the honey bee.  If insects are flying from a gap in roof tiles near the ridge, it can be tricky. If the nest is visible identification is easy. Please note that we will not deal with wasps or their nests – if a Pembrokeshire resident, call Pembrokeshire County Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551 and ask for Pest Control.

3. Bumblebees

do not swarm. Most people can recognise bumblebees they are much bigger and fewer than honey bees with layer of hairs on their bodies which is usually banded black and yellow (or orange or red) and the traffic at the nest entrance will consist of only a few bees a minute, whereas a busy hive will have almost a cloud of bees at the entrance.

If you have bees in your bird box, they are probably the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus Hypnorum) (see picture below), which have come over from the continent in recent years.  They aren’t particularly aggressive, but are likely to defend their nest if they feel threatened.

We will be unable to help you with a bumble bee problem. The bees will disappear over winter and are unlikely to return to the same location so if possible enjoy them for the summer.

4. Solitary bees

do not swarm. Since these bees are quite fussy about where they set up their nests, it is not uncommon for many bees to do so in close proximity, and if the conditions are right a large number of nests can mature almost at the same time. In this case a large number of bees will be seen crawling about. One of the most common is the red mason bee, which can often be seen exploiting holes in brickwork or footpaths for its nesting site. We will be unable to help you with a solitary bee problem. Again, if possible, enjoy them.

If you have looked at the above checklist and think you have a Honey Bee swarm please contact:

Swarm Co-ordinator (North of County) – Jeremy Percy on 07799 698568

Swarm Co-ordinator (South of County) – Alan Johnson on 07867 988597