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.

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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.

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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

 English:  http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/News/news.cfm#261

Welsh:  http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadNews.cfm?id=175 

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.

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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&d@wbka.com

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 www.wbka.com.

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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)