Message from the WBKA

Happy New Year to everyone and here’s hoping for a return to some form of normality in 2021 and to a better beekeeping season.

WBKA Convention 2021
With the continuing uncertainty caused by the pandemic the reluctant decision has been made to hold the 2021 WBKA Convention as an entirely virtual event on Saturday March 27th.  The Events team are working with the speakers and the traders on the details and more information will be available in the coming weeks.  We hope that you will support this event.

This is a reminder that the 2021 AGM will be held on Saturday 6th March as a virtual event.  Associations are also reminded that all nominations and proposals to be consider by the AGM should be notified to the General Secretary by 14th January.  Nominations are sought for the positions of Trustee and President and any proposals for Honorary Life membership of the WBKA.  For more information please contact the General Secretary on

WBKA Membership Secretary
Trish Calderbank of South Clwyd BKA has now taken over the role of WBKA Membership Secretary from David Kennedy.  Trish and David have been working closely together over the last few months to ensure a smooth hand over.  We would like to thank David for all his work over the last four years and to wish him well in his retirement.  We welcome Trish onto the team and look forward to working with her in the future.  To contact Trish please use

Welsh Beekeeper Magazine
The closing date for articles etc for the Spring edition of the Magazine is the end of January.  If there are any subjects that you would particularly like to see featured in the magazine please contact and we will commission an appropriate person to write on that subject.  We are also keen to hear from young beekeepers.  All submissions to be sent to

Module Exams
Closing date for the spring module exams is the end of January.  An application form can be found on the WBKA website or from your Association Secretary.  A perfect way to spend the long hours of lockdown.  The modules will be held on line over the weekend of 24th/25th April.  More information can be obtained from the WBKA website or from emailing

If you have not yet registered for Professor Robert Pickard’s talk on ‘Nutrition in Honeybees and Humans’ on Tuesday, January 12th at 7.30 pm there is still time to do so.  The webinar is hosted by Cardiff BKA who have very kindly invited beekeepers in Wales to join them for the event.  For more information and to register use the following link:-

The next WBKA hosted webinar will be on Thursday 14th January at 7.30pm when Wally Shaw will talk on ‘The Benefits of Locally Adapted Bees’.  The link for more information and to register is:-

WBKA Webinar

Spoon Butter and Other Things to do with Beeswax – Pauline Aslin

Join us for a webinar on Nov 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM GMT.

Register now!

When you mention ‘beekeeping’ people think of honey and the bees and maybe, after publicity in recent years, pollination, but you very rarely find someone, other than the odd wood-turner perhaps, who immediately thinks of beeswax.

Yet, if you keep bees you will inevitably acquire some beeswax. When we started beekeeping, within 2 years we had a 30lb honey bucket full of bits of brace-comb and frame scrapings, and then we had another bucket full of cappings, dripping with honey and some starting to ferment. What to do? We knew beeswax was precious but had no idea how to process and use it.

What we hope to do this evening is encourage those of you that have never cleaned up your beeswax scrapings, to have a go. And to give you all some ideas of things you can do with your beeswax for your own use, or to make wonderful gifts.

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

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



WBKA webinar – Preparing Bees for the Winter on Aug 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM BST

Join the WBKA for a webinar on Aug 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM BST.

Register now!

Following on from the WBKA Varroa Control webinar on August 6th, Wally Shaw will talk about ensuring that your colonies are ready and well fed before the winter.

Registration for this webinar is open to all beekeepers and, as usual, we will open with a short, general Q&A session. Send your advance questions by email to l&

We are interested to know how widely our webinars are viewed and so would appreciate you answering a couple of questions when registering for the event.

Links to recordings of our previous webinars can be found on the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association website

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

View System Requirements

Welsh beekeepers may also be interested to register for a webinar on September 16th at 7.30pm by WBKA Patron, Prof. Robert Pickard on Viruses in Honey Bees and Humans.  The talk is arranged by the Central Association of Beekeepers and is free to their members but open to non members for a fee of £3.  If you are interested in attending this webinar please follow the link below.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Message from Lynda Christie, Welsh Beekeepers’ Association (WBKA) Chairperson

Dear Member,

The impact of Coronavirus has seen the regrettable cancellation of the WBKA Convention 2020 and the cancellation of the March Module examinations.

Your associations courses, talks, and meetings will be curtailed during this crisis, but I am sure local associations and groups will check in on their more vulnerable members, especially those who may be confined and unable to check their out apiaries. Please do give support to your fellow members within your areas and keep in touch with a phone call, online or email, or other means available.

I have spoken to our regional Bee inspector for Wales, Frank Gellatly, for a position on Bee inspector visits and inspections this season and a view on Beekeepers attending out apiaries in the event of a further lock-down due to the virus.

Frank has said that as it stands Inspections starting 1st April will go ahead albeit adhering to Government guidelines on social isolation. Beekeeping tends to be carried out mostly as a solitary exercise so this should not be too difficult.

As for travelling to our out apiaries, there is no curtailment currently, but Frank will raise the matter of travel to out apiaries at the next NBU meeting and will keep us informed of any further developments.

The trustees and myself have the best interests of Welsh Beekeepers and will support you where we can and endeavour to keep you informed through our web site and associations.

I hope this unprecedented situation improves so we can get back to enjoying our Beekeeping season.

Lynda Christie (Chair)