The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney

Episode 1 of this series was shown on BBC4 on 14th April, 2014 and is available on the BBC iPlayer until 8th May.  If you have a slow connection I suggest you download the programme and watch later.

Martha Kearney
Martha Kearney

The programme description below is (from the iPlayer website).

“Martha Kearney’s year gets off to a bad start when unseasonal snow in spring threatens to kill the bee colonies she keeps in her garden in Suffolk. With help from a master beekeeper Martha feeds her bees and takes one of the hives to a wildflower meadow at a neighbour’s house along with two brand new hives.
She discovers the intricate hierarchy within the bee colony and learns how the organisation of the hive has become a metaphor for human society. At a London school she learns the secrets of urban bees’ success even while bees in the country as a whole are in decline. The episode ends with three new hives established on a wildflower meadow, ready to start producing classic British wildflower honey.”

Some excellent photography includes film of a queen laying eggs.  Martha Kearney has as her mentor a master beekeeper and together they provides a good commentary of progress within the hive.

Well worth watching.

The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney – Episode 1


URGENT: Important changes to WBKA (PBKA) Public Liability Policy

The WBKA Insurance provider on 10th May 2012 issued an endorsement regarding the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for beekeeping activities.

 Condition L97: Personal Protective Equipment  reads:


It is a condition precedent to liability under this Insurance that:-

1.            all EMPLOYEES and members of the public are made aware of the dangers of not using personal protective equipment,

2.            personal protective equipment is provided to all members of the public when engaging in beekeeping activities,

3.            a register is maintained which demonstrates that EMPLOYEES and members of the public have received appropriate training and are fully conversant with the way in which to access such personal protective equipment prior to engaging in beekeeping activities.

Therefore prior to undertaking beekeeping activities with members of the public / employees the need for personal protective equipment should be explained. Following this a list (register) needs to be kept of the people receiving instruction in the use of the PPE. They should sign the list as you may need to demonstrate they have had the appropriate training before engaging in beekeeping activities in the event of a claim.

If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact me via email at

Kind regards,


Rhodri Powell

WBKA Insurance Officer

146 Pandy Road, Bedwas, CF83 8EP

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Introduction to Beekeeping Course – Feb 25th 2012

A few places have become available on the course taking place on Feb 25th.

This one day classroom course is an ideal introduction to beekeeping run by two experienced beekeepers from Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

Included in the course fee of £35 are handouts and a CD with the slides used during the day for you to take away.  This is your chance to decide if you want to find out more, ask questions and make contact with beekeepers in our county.

Click here for more details.