At the WBKA Council meeting last Saturday, Frank Gellatly, Regional Bee Inspector, reported that there were two videos that Welsh beekeepers might be interested in. 

One is of a disease inspection he carried out with a bee farmer and the other is on American Foul Brood (AFB). 

Black Mountain Honey – an inspection visit

Gwenyn Gruffydd – recognising American Foulbrood.


Our bee inspector has issued a warning about colony starvation so please ensure that you urgently check your hives for stores and act appropriately.

Also note, that with the weather warming up over the weekend, there is a high risk of swarming, so get in there asap and check your colonies before they fly away!!


Starvation Risk

Just to remind all beekeepers that large growing colonies with little or no available forage and/or inclement weather, can quickly result in a shortage of stores.

So be sure to check that your bees have enough food, especially if you have taken off any spring honey. Note that if you add extra frames of sealed stores you should keep them in the brood boxes, so as to avoid getting them mixed up in the honey supers. Also, if you have to feed directly, use a light syrup (i.e. 1:1 sugar/water ratio) with any honey supers taken off during the feeding process.

AFB warning

Just a seasonal reminder for beekeepers concerning American Foul Brood (AFB).

We have been advised to direct you to the National Bee Unit (NBU) factsheet ‘Apiary Hygiene and Quarantine’, plus ‘Foulbrood Disease of Honey Bees and other common brood disorders’. These are available on Beebase at:

All beekeepers have a duty to keep healthy, disease free bees and the PBKA strongly recommends that beekeepers sign up to Beebase in order to ensure that they receive any warnings and can obtain advice etc. in the event of a disease outbreak.

Beekeepers within 3km of an AFB outbreak, with a current email address on Beebase, will receive an emailed alert from the NBU. All beekeepers within 5km of an outbreak should exercise vigilance as per the above factsheet, which also covers swarm collection and we strongly recommend that all swarms caught are quarantined for a period of 6 weeks with any concerns advised to your local Bee Inspector.

Please note if PBKA members see any hives in their area which appear to be abandoned, or are of unknown origin, contact the PBKA with details.