WBKA Webinar

Spoon Butter and Other Things to do with Beeswax – Pauline Aslin

Join us for a webinar on Nov 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM GMT.

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When you mention ‘beekeeping’ people think of honey and the bees and maybe, after publicity in recent years, pollination, but you very rarely find someone, other than the odd wood-turner perhaps, who immediately thinks of beeswax.

Yet, if you keep bees you will inevitably acquire some beeswax. When we started beekeeping, within 2 years we had a 30lb honey bucket full of bits of brace-comb and frame scrapings, and then we had another bucket full of cappings, dripping with honey and some starting to ferment. What to do? We knew beeswax was precious but had no idea how to process and use it.

What we hope to do this evening is encourage those of you that have never cleaned up your beeswax scrapings, to have a go. And to give you all some ideas of things you can do with your beeswax for your own use, or to make wonderful gifts.

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COVID advice from WBKA

The Welsh Government, in partnership with DEFRA and the Scottish Government, have updated their guidance regarding beekeeping and COVID-19. As beekeepers they are asking you to be responsible and to ensure that you continue good beekeeping practices, effective stock management and health checks whilst observing the Government guidance on COVID-19. To view, or download, their latest guidance

 English:  http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/News/news.cfm#261

Welsh:  http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadNews.cfm?id=175 

Giant Asian Hornet

The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists.

The nest, in the state of Washington, was found by putting tracker devices on the hornets and it was sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose.

The invasive species insects, known as “murder hornets”, have a powerful sting and can spit venom.

They target honeybees, which pollinate crops, and can destroy a colony in just a matter of hours.

See the BBC News link.

Hive thefts!

We have been informed by the WBKA, of two separate incidents of hive thefts in the Carmarthen area in the last few months.  This is a reminder for beekeepers to remain vigilant about the security of their apiaries.  Also, please make sure that you do your best to check the source of any colonies that may be offered for sale in your area.  The latest theft was of two Maisemore nucs, both with an added super.  If you suspect that you have been offered either of these, please let us know and we will forward your concerns to the appropriate body.