The National Honey Show webinar on September 15th with Bob Maurer

Join us for a webinar on Sep 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM BST.

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The National Honey Show is held over 3 days in October at Sandown Park Racecourse. It is the UK’s premier honey show with International Classes, Lectures and Workshops. Bob will give a brief history of this prestigious show as it approaches its centenary, with some tales from behind the scenes.

Bob has been a beekeeper for over 20 years. He has an interest in microscopy and has written a book about simple microscopy for beekeepers. He is a Master Beekeeper and currently Chair of Surrey Beekeepers Association and Chair of BeeCraft Magazine.

Bob has been Chair of the National Honey Show since 2013, although he has worked on the show for most of his time as a beekeeper. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers (a sponsor of the National Honey Show).

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Pollen Microscopy Workshop

The WBKA is running a 1-day Pollen Microscopy workshop for WBKA members in Devil’s Bridge near Aberystwyth on Sunday 22 May.  Here is the link for further information and to book:

There are 2 ticket types available – one for those who wish to use a WBKA microscope, and one for those who can bring their own compound microscope.  If you decide to enrol, please ensure that you book the correct ticket type according to whether or not you are bringing your own microscope as spare equipment won’t be available.

This is the first regional microscopy workshop to be run but the WBKS plans to run them in other locations going forward.

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.

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WBKA Spring Convention 26th March 2022

‘ Dear Fellow Beekeeper,
2022 has started and your thoughts start turning to what this season will bring. Why not attend the WBKA Spring Convention in person this year (26th March)? With our larger venue at the RWAS showground you are bound to find something of interest. After our enforced break we are back with two workshops, one aimed at newer beekeepers and one on Queen rearing for the more experienced. To find out more and book your place contact me on the email below.
Below is the speaker program:
9.45 -10.15 Opening address, Kathleen Carroll
10.15-11.15 Diversity of Pollinators in Britain, Liam Olds
11.45-12.45 The Truth about Honey, Lynne Ingram
1.45-2.45 In Self-defence, Celia Davis
3.30- 4.00 Any Questions
To get your cheaper earlybird tickets go online .
However for two hours of your time you could get in for free. Stewards are required to make sure that this event runs smoothly. If you would be prepared to join this group of volunteers send me an email stating when you could steward ie early/ mid/late. Stewarding starts at 8am and goes on until 4.30pm.
Jill Wheeler
WBKA Chair (pro tem)’