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.

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Japanese Beekeeping

Japanese Beekeeping Webinar –
Save the date, Saturday the 15th of January 2022 at 12pm! As we’re delighted to welcome Rika ShinkaiMaximilian Spiegelberg and Christoph D.D. Rupprecht who will be joining us to discuss traditional Japanese beekeeping and the ecology of Japanese honey bees (Apis cerana japonica) compared with Western honey bees, including the plants, beekeeping history and modern practices. The discussions will conclude by showcasing recent citizen engagements in creating bee friendly cities through honey bee projects.
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Articles required!

The WBKA has asked if anyone has any articles or other items for the Spring edition of the Welsh Beekeeper magazine.  They are particularly keen to receive material that covers beekeeping management and colony build up in the months of March to June, but articles of a more general nature, letters, feedback and suggestions are also very welcome.  Also please remember the WBKA quarterly photographic competition and send in any entries.

The closing date for both items for the magazine and the photographic competition is Monday January 31st and they should be sent to Basil Wolf at editor@wbka.com.

Webinar on Cosmetics – Thursday 2nd December

A look at the regulations around cosmetic products – Andy Bullen

Join us for a webinar on Dec 02, 2021 at 7:30 PM GMT.

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Andy has been a beekeeper for two years. Working for a company writing CPSRs (Cosmetic Product Safety Reports), SDSs (Safety Data Sheets) and compiling PIFs (Product Information Files), he began writing monthly articles for BBKA about the cosmetic regulations. With the help of his wife, Andy then set up a company, initially to help small scale beekeepers wishing to produce cosmetic products, to become compliant in a more cost effective way.

Andy’s talk will focus on the changes to the cosmetic regulations since Brexit, and will be followed by a question and answer session. It will be of interest to beekeepers who have, or are considering, producing cosmetic products using their own hive products.

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

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Message from the WBKA

There is still time (up to the end of October) to submit items for the Winter edition of the Welsh Beekeeper magazine.  In particular you have until the end of the month to send in your photographs for the quarterly WBKA photo competition.  Your photos just have to be about beekeeping or honey bees and the best entry will win a really worthwhile prize.  Get your cameras out as bees are still flying and the sun comes out occasionally.

For the magazine why not send in any festive recipes you have that use honey, or ideas for Christmas gifts.  Have you found a new to you successful way to manage your bees this past season that you would like to share?  Anything amusing or different that has happened around your beekeeping this season?  Articles about bees and beekeeping are always welcome and if we have too many for the winter edition we always have the Spring one to populate.

E-mail – secretary@wbka.com