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)

International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) in Slovenia

The Welsh Beekeepers Association are looking for young beekeepers aged between 12 & 17 years to represent Wales in this years International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) being held in Slovenia.
This is a great event that will be funded by the Welsh Beekeepers Association.
If you are aware of any young beekeepers in Wales who may be interested, please ask them to contact imyb@wbka.com for further info.

WBKA 75th Anniversary Conference

A reminder that bookings for the 75th Anniversary  Conference close on June 10th, there are no entry tickets on the door. All tickets, including day tickets need to be pre-booked.
The discounted ticket booking closes 31st May. Please see htt p://www.wbka.com/wbka-75th-anniversary/ for more details and the booking form.
The ticket price includes lectures and workshops, no extra charges.
Come along to share in the celebrations.

WBKA Convention – Saturday 24th March

Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
Convention 2018
Saturday 24th March at 08.30

Tea and Coffee available from 0800
Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground
Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

Mynediad/Admission: Oedolion/Adults ­ £9.00,
Leuenctid/Juniors (under 17) ­ am ddim / free admission

Guest Speakers:

Susie Hill
Chairman of the Ulster Beekeepers Association
‘Feeding -What, why and when’

Dr Paul Cross
‘Development of a miniature vibration energy
harvester for battery­less tracking of honey bees

Kirsty Stainton
BDI sponsored lecture,
Research into Antivirals against bee viruses

“Beekeepers’ Question Time”
­ your chance to ask the experts….

Trade stands and exhibitions.
Bargain beekeeping supplies. All day refreshments.

Free Parking