Would PBKA members who are beginners to beekeeping, please note that we hope to start apiary sessions soon, subject to Covid restrictions permitting it.
Please keep an eye on this website for future postings!
A lady in Tenby has a colony of bees in her garden which need some urgent management, as she is not a beekeeper herself, but would still like to keep them there. Honey etc produced would belong to the beekeeper. Also, an opportunity for an additional hive to be added if wanted. Would anyone who is interested, please contact us on this webpage in the first instance for further details!
The next WBKA webinar will be on Thursday 15th April (next week) at 7.30pm when PC Dewi Evans of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team will be talking on Apiary Security.
To register for the event please use the link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4660369508968848400
PC Dewi Evans has been part of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team since 2013 and has investigated honey bee thefts. In 2018 he received the WWF UK National Enforcer Award in recognition of his work to tackle wildlife crimes. Dewi was also the scriptwriter and main character of the popular S4C children’s program, ‘Dewi a’r Ditectifs Gwyllt’, (Dewi and the Wildlife Detectives). Recently he was seconded to a project looking at affordable security for farms.
Dewi’s talk will explore ways in which a beekeeper can make their apiary and equipment more secure from vandalism and theft, as well as covering what information a beekeeper can give to assist the police to investigate any reported incidents.
On 21st April, 2021 an amendment to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006 comes into force requiring beekeepers and or officials to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow England to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union. Similar arrangements are being made in Wales and Scotland. To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will allow beekeepers and inspectors to report the presence or absence of Varroa. Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and we are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.