Concern for future of bees after fall in honey crop

An article from the BBC has expressed concern about the future of honey bees after a survey showed a “steady decline” in the honey crop.

The British Beekeepers Association says the average yield per hive in England and Wales was down by 2.3lb (1kg) this year from the previous year – and numbers have been dropping for decades.

Wales and south-west England were two of the lowest producers of honey while south-east England was the best.

We would be interested to hear the views of beekeepers in Pembrokeshire as well as other parts of the UK (and beyond) with their experiences!

Talk and Demonstration of the Flow Hive

Stuart Anderson, co-inventor of the Flow Hive, is visiting the UK this spring, and will be giving a talk and demonstration on Monday 5th June ,7.30 p.m., to Bridgend Beekeepers Association, at Coytrahen Community Hall, near Bridgend, (see attachment Coytrahen Map 1).

PBKA members are welcome to attend but please contact Greg Nuttgens from Bridgend BKA asap if you intend going, just so he can make the necessary arrangements re numbers. Greg can be contacted at

Farewell to Rosemary!

We were very sorry to say farewell to one of our loyal members last Sunday at the Scolton Manor apiary meeting.

Rosemary is moving away to Wiltshire, taking with her lots of wonderful memories of her time here in Pembrokeshire with her beekeeping friends.  Those of us who regularly attend meetings will be eternally grateful to Rosemary for the wonderful cakes which she baked with such skill, care and generosity! This expertise was borne out by the prizes Rosemary won at the annual Honey Show, quite apart from being a dedicated and accomplished beekeeper!

It seemed only fair therefore that we returned the favour and presented Rosemary with a Skep shaped cake, which we all enjoyed with a nice cuppa! Rosemary will be sorely missed by us all.

Very best wishes from us all Rosemary, come back and see us again soon!!

Rosemary cutting cakeRosemary cutting cake 2Rosemarys farewell cake

(Photos by Gareth Isaac)