Welcome to the WBKA website
Our next webinar is on Thursday, July 8th at 7.30pm when Claire Waring
will give a talk on ‘Bee Photography‘
Claire is a very keen photographer, specialising in wildlife and macro photography, particularly bees and other small creatures. She finds the detail revealed in the macro world absolutely fascinating and is always looking for ways to improve her photographs. She won the gold medal for beekeeping photography at Apimondia in 2005 and the silver medal in 2009.
Claire has kept bees in Northamptonshire since 1980. She quickly became involved with local and national beekeeping associations, serving as the first female General Secretary of the British Beekeepers’ Association in 2004–2005.
She was Editor of Bee Craft for 23 years until the magazine’s centenary in 2019, seeing it achieve gold, silver and bronze medals at Apimondia international beekeeping congresses.
The webinar is free and open to all – click here to register
News for Beekeepers
Guidance for Beekeepers during Covid-19 from the Welsh Government was issued in October and can be found here: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/News/news.cfm#261
The Asian Hornet in the UK The scientific journal Nature has published a detailed report on the sightings of Asian Hornets in the UK from 2016 to 2019 and the follow-up investigations. You can read it here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-76690-2.pdf
Healthy Bee Plan 2030 has recently been published by DEFRA to cover Wales and England for the next 10 years. The Plan is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defra-launches-the-healthy-bees-plan-2030-to-help-protect-honey-bees
Webinars of interest to all beekeepers Along with the WBKA, other National Associations have been running free webinars. You can find past and upcoming webinars here:
British Bee Veterinary Association: Click to see their flyer
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations: https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/federation-of-irish-beekeepers-associations-clg-31215560997
BBKA Spring Convention videos (Tom Seeley): https://www.bbka.org.uk/spring-convention-videos
The UK National Honey Show in October 2020 was a virtual event. Over 4,500 registered and some 2,500 attended over the three days. Most were from the UK but some 85 countries were represented. The platform will remain open to those that registered until April 2021. Videos of the lectures are available here: https://www.honeyshow.co.uk/lecture-videos.php
Events and Information
Our Annual Convention was an online event this year, held on 27th March.
Our Convention website with a large Traders Hall is still open – you can visit here: convention.wbka.com
The Welsh Beekeepers’ Association is a Registered Charity (Registration No 509929). We are an umbrella organisation which provides services for nearly all the local beekeeping associations in Wales. We represent those associations and individual beekeepers by liaising with the Welsh government, the United Kingdom government, and international bodies.
All full members of our affiliated local associations are automatically members of WBKA. Individual membership is also available.
Here you can learn how to start beekeeping, find out how the Welsh Beekeeping Associations can help you, and discover what WBKA is doing to support bees and beekeeping.
Our regular webinars are free and open to all. Our Annual Convention is held each Spring and is the ideal place to meet and talk to beekeepers and beekeeping suppliers. If you can’t find what you need on this web site please contact us!
Please note: We are starting a major overhaul of this website, which will take several months. We apologise if some parts of the site are incomplete. Please bear with us – we will bring you a new, much improved site soon.