Introductory Beekeeping Course – Saturday 12th March 2022

A one-day, classroom based, beekeeping course for the complete beginner, is scheduled for Saturday 12th March 2022, at Crundale Community Hall, Cardigan Road, Crundale, Haverfordwest, SA62 4DF.

These courses have proven to be very popular and given many potential beekeepers the confidence to proceed to practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

Places are limited and invariably fill up quickly, so booking early is strongly recommended!

To find out more and how to book, please email: pbkaapiarymanager@live.co.uk for details and an application form.

WBKA Webinar on Forage Feb 24th @ 7.30pm

Forage – Lynne Ingram Master Beekeeper, NDB

Join us for a webinar on Feb 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM GMT.

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Foraging is essential for honey bees and provides their food supplies of nectar and pollen. Forage sources for honey bees are an important consideration for beekeepers, especially when siting apiaries. This talk looks at the nutritional needs of bees, colony requirements and important sources of forage, as well as looking at the bees’ foraging strategies.

Lynne has kept bees for over 30 years, and runs 25 – 30 colonies in Somerset. She is a Master Beekeeper, has recently gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping, (NDB), and is an examiner for the modules and practical assessments. Lynne is heavily involved in educating beekeepers in Somerset, now running study groups via Zoom, and curating the popular Somerset Lockdown Lecture series.

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

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/449799632669689100

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Rake-a-thon success!

Many thanks to all of you who came along to help today at the new training apiary to get the ground levelled, together with those hardy souls who paced up and down with plate wackers!! Their teeth must still be rattling! An excellent job done under the expert eye of Linda, our Project Manager!  It was great seeing old friends and some new faces too!

The hard work was rewarded by a nice hot beverage and a slice of Lesley and Aish’s excellent cakes! It can’t get much better!

Keep an eye on this page for further progress reports and other updates.

Webinar on Colony Nutrition

Colony Nutrition – Pete Sutcliffe

Join us for a webinar on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM GMT.

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We have a huge network of supermarkets and supply chains, but the poor honeybee relies on (apart from water) just two relatively simple natural products – nectar – a variable solution of sugars – and pollen – a very variable, sometimes poor, source of protein. Like us, they need a variety of vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. With such apparently poor beginnings, how do they manage to produce the miracle food that is Royal Jelly?

This talk takes you through the various processes involved in providing the colony with a healthy diet and looks at the lessons for the beekeeper.

Pete has kept bees for over thirty years and he and his wife keep an average of 20 colonies on various sites in the Dane Valley in Cheshire. He is a Master Beekeeper, has been a member of the BBKA Examinations Board, a BBKA Trustee, and chair of the BBKA’s Education and Husbandry Committee. He is a Correspondence Course Tutor, a Basic and General Husbandry Assessor, and has set and marked BBKA examinations.

Pete is active in Cheshire BKA – currently as Chairperson, Education Secretary and Archivist. Pre Covid he was involved in various county-wide initiatives on selective queen-rearing.

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

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