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.

International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) in Slovenia

The Welsh Beekeepers Association are looking for young beekeepers aged between 12 & 17 years to represent Wales in this years International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) being held in Slovenia.
This is a great event that will be funded by the Welsh Beekeepers Association.
If you are aware of any young beekeepers in Wales who may be interested, please ask them to contact imyb@wbka.com for further info.

PBKA AGM TONIGHT – REMINDER!

Just to remind all PBKA members that the Annual General Meeting is today, Wednesday 22nd January, at Haverfordwest Cricket Club, to commence promptly at 7.30pm.

Please see the AGM Notice and Agenda 2020, PBKA Minutes 2019 plus the new PBKA Membership Application Form 2020.

We hope to see as many PBKA members (and any potential new members) as possible attend and look forward to seeing you there.

Geoff Bazin

It is with great sadness, that we must report that our good friend and fellow beekeeper Geoff Bazin, passed away last week.

Many of us have reasons to thank Geoff for getting us into beekeeping in the first place, due to his training sessions as Apiary Manager, down at Kethin’s Farm, which I am sure many of you will remember. An Essex man, Geoff used to holiday down here with his wife and was great friends with Ricky Wilson and Ian Richards. He subsequently decided to retire in Pembrokeshire and put his many years of beekeeping experience to good use, having worked with such greats as Ted Hooper and Clive De Bruyn.

Geoff was also the local Thornes agent for many years and many of us will have not only have bought equipment from him, but also received advice and practical assistance in putting it together!

Geoff was a passionate beekeeper who cared deeply about their welfare and of the importance of good training.

We will certainly miss him.

Geoff’s funeral is at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth on Saturday 23rd November at 1pm, with refreshments afterwards at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth.

I am sure many of you will wish to go along and pay your respects.