Bees for Development webinar

Please see the registration details below about the next WBKA webinar on July 22nd.  The webinar is open to anyone to attend so please distribute the details as widely as possible.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3291716128552900619

Bees for Development – the power of bees to change people’s lives

Join us for a webinar on Jul 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM BST.

Register now!

WBKA are delighted to host this webinar and welcome Nicola Bradbear who will speak about the valuable work which Bees for Development do.

Founded in 1993, the organisation uses beekeeping to achieve less poverty and more biodiversity, delivering practical community-based projects to change people’s lives for the better in some of the world’s poorest countries.

We hope you can join us to learn more about their work and how you might support it.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Webinar invitation: Welsh Landscapes for Rare Bumblebees – Thursday 15th July 2021 at 10:30-12:00

Please see this Webinar information (Bilingual) to present the key findings of ‘Welsh Landscapes for Rare Bumblebees’.

The project focused on collating up-to-date records across Wales for seven rare and priority bumblebee species* and used this data to identify rare bumblebee hotspots across Wales, to analyse their preferred habitats and landscapes, to identify priority areas for further survey and conservation action, and to engage key stakeholders in their conservation

Dai Thomas – an appreciation

It is not often in life that one has the good fortune to come across an unsung hero.
Dai Thomas was such a man. The epitome of that quiet, unassuming beekeeper, entirely in tune with his bees, always respecting their endeavours and treating them gently and patiently.
He was my mentor in beekeeping and I will always treasure not only his technical expertise but equally importantly his teaching in terms of taking your time, looking for what the bees will tell you in a colony and going about inspections in a quiet and methodical manner.
He was also one of the few folk I know, and not only in beekeeping that didn’t consider knowledge as a possession, to be guarded and kept to oneself.
He was free with all of those little nuggets of information, gleaned over decades of beekeeping and shared without a second thought.
In the hustle and bustle of modern life, we are sometimes apt to forget that beekeeping is a hobby, to be enjoyed, to be savoured and one that gives us fortunate few the opportunity to get closer to nature than most other people.
I’m not sure we will ever see the likes of Dai again. We can only strive to be as good a beekeeper as he was, to be as kind and thoughtful towards the natural world in general and bees in particular as he was and to ensure that his legacy lives on in all of us whenever we put on a beesuit.
– Jeremy