Starvation and Foulbrood warning!

The BBKA has issued a warning to beekeepers to check their bees for starvation and European Foulbrood during this cold snap.

Emergency feeding may be needed. It would be advisable to check the food levels by opening the hive and making a very quick observation of their store levels.

It is also important to check that hives have small entrances as Foulbrood is about in some areas and small colonies or those suffering disease may not be able to defend themselves from infected intruders if they have a large opening to defend. 

Editor wanted by WBKA

The WBKA is still looking for an editor for the quarterly Welsh Beekeeper Magazine.  See the WBKA Editor Role Description for details and if interested in the post, contact Jenny Shaw, General Secretary on secretary@wbka.com.  Please note that the WBKA has the resources to train someone in the use of InDesign and that there is a lot of support available for a new editor.  We are looking for someone who is keen and enthusiastic and a lack of experience need not be a major drawback.

Also please remember that articles for the summer edition of the magazine and / or photos for the summer competition should be sent to editor@wbka before the end of April for consideration.  Authors are asked to send articles as word documents and illustrations as jpeg files, to facilitate uploading them into the magazine.  If an author has a particular layout in mind for their work they should also attach a pdf of their finished article.  For more details about the Photograph Competition please see the spring edition of the Welsh Beekeeper which is available on the WBKA website.

Comb Management webinar – Thursday 8th April at 7.30pm

This is a reminder that the next WBKA webinar will be on Thursday 8th April at 7.30pm when Lynfa Davies, NDB will be talking about Comb Management.  For more details and to register please use the link below, 

This webinar is open to anyone and some spaces are still available.    Please circulate the link as widely as possible so that everyone has the chance to register for what we are sure will be a fascinating talk..

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4398685741229394701

Beekeeping Survey

How can training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers be improved? Have your say by taking a survey.  

Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.  

A short questionnaire is available for current beekeeperspeople who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved.  

Please use  htt https://eu5se.voxco.com/S2/87/healthy_bees/ to complete the survey by 21 April. To access the survey in Welsh, please click https://eu5se.voxco.com/S2/87/healthy_bees/?urlimport=1&questlist=lang&lang=cy It should take no more than 15 minutes.  

Please share this post with other beekeepers and bee farmers! 

If you experience any issues accessing or filling in the survey, please contact hbp2030_research@icf.com

Free BBKA talk on Beekeeping Module Exam Techniques – Tuesday 30th March

Dan Basterfield is running a free online talk tomorrow evening (Tuesday 30th March) on ‘Module Exam Techniques’, aiming to give tips on how to approach the exams to give best account of your studies. Replays via the same link if you miss the live talk.

Details and registration here: https://advancedbeekeepingcourses.webinarninja.com/live-webinars/713986/register