The Welsh Beekeepers’ Association (WBKA) is the national support organisation for beekeepers in Wales. It is a registered charity (number 509929) managed by a board of trustees supported by various officers, all of whom are volunteers.

Founded in 1943, WBKA is the umbrella organisation for 19 local associations across Wales. Representatives of these 19 associations, and specialist members, form the WBKA Council which meets three times a year.

The WBKA works to support its member associations, specialist and individual members by:

developing co-operation amongst beekeepers and other bodies, including Welsh Government and other national associations and bodies

improving the standard of bee husbandry by supporting the beekeeping education system in the UK.

We hope our website gives you an insight into the ways in which we support the objects of the WBKA as set out in our Constitution – the encouragement, improvement, advancement and promotion of beekeeping to provide a benefit to the public and the environment throughout Wales.

Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru (CGC/Welsh Beekeepers’ Association (WBKA)) yw’r mudiad cefnogi cenedlaethol i wenynwyr yng Nghymru. Mae’n elusen gofrestredig (rhif 509929) wedi’i rheoli gan fwrdd o ymddiriedolwyr sy’n cael cefnogaeth swyddogion amrywiol, pob un yn wirfoddolwyr. 

Sefydlwyd CGC yn 1943 ac mae’n fudiad ambarél i 19 o gymdeithasau lleol ledled Cymru. Mae cynrychiolwyr y 19 cymdeithas hyn, ac aelodau arbenigol, yn ffurfio Cyngor CGC sy’n cwrdd dair gwaith y flwyddyn.

Mae CGC yn gweithio i gefnogi ei haelod-gymdeithasau, ei haelodau arbenigol ac unigol drwy: –

ddatblygu cydweithio rhwng gwenynwyr a chyrff eraill, gan gynnwys Llywodraeth Cymru a chymdeithasau a chyrff cenedlaethol eraillgwella safon cadw gwenyn drwy gefnogi’r system addysg wenyna yn y DU.

Gobeithio bod ein gwefan yn help i chi ddeall sut rydyn ni’n cefnogi amcanion CGC sydd yn ein Cyfansoddiad – annog, gwella, hybu a hyrwyddo gwenyna er mwyn budd y cyhoedd a’r amgylchedd ledled Cymru.

 WBKA Spring Convention

23rd March 2024 

at Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground 

Llanelwedd, Builth Wells LD2 3SY. 

Tickets £10.00 per person – under 16s get in for free. 

Early bird discount available until 20th March 2024

Click here to purchase.



Speakers

9.45 – 10.15   Opening Address by Jo Widdicombe – Chair of BIBBA

10.15 -11.15 Kirsty Stainton – Varroa
11.45 – 12.45 Pam Hunter – Pheromones: Bees do it by smell.
Martin Hann
13.30 -14.30 Clare Densley & Martin Hann – What the books don’t tell you and why bees change their minds
14.45 – 15.45 Andy Pedley – Food safety for the beekeeper.

WBKA Convention Workshops

Morning Workshop

Lynfa Davies – Getting started in Beekeeping.

23rd March 2024

9.30-11.30.

Starting any new hobby is really exciting but it can also be a bit daunting when faced with new terminology and a potential shopping list as long as your arm. In this workshop, which is aimed at new beekeepers, we will discuss what equipment you need and where to get it from. We will also talk about sourcing bees responsibly and the important things to look for when caring for your new bees in those first few months and beyond. If you are looking for some practical guidance on how to get started then this workshop will help you. Each attendee will be provided with a pack of WBKA booklets.

Lynfa Davies, Master Beekeeper, NDB, is an experienced beekeeper from near Aberystwyth. She is an active member of Aberystwyth Beekeepers Association and a member of the WBKA Learning and Development Committee. She regularly leads training sessions for beekeepers on a variety of topics and she also writes articles for the beekeeping press.


Afternoon Workshop


Paul Boyle – Honey Showing.

23rd March 2024

2.00 – 3.30.

Paul started beekeeping in 2007 and soon afterwards started showing honey. He qualified as a Beemaster in 2013 and won 2 first places at The National Honey Show the same year.

He sits on the Executive Council of The National Honey Show and is also its trade hall co-ordinator. He qualified as an Irish honey judge in 2017 and, in 2019 and 2023, he was accepted as a Honey Judge at the World Beekeeping Awards.

The WBKA wants to encourage more members to enter honey shows, including the show which is run by the RWAS at its prestigious Agricultural Show in July. Whether you are already showing, or thinking about starting, Paul will share his expertise to help you succeed.

Attendees will take away some relevant resources.


Trade Stands


Abelo

BB Wear

Bee Watch

BIBBA

B J Sherriff

C Arden Books

C Wynne Jones

Maisemore

Modern Beekeeping

Old Castle Farm Hives

The B4 Project

Thornes Ltd

Trees and Bees

Wyefield Apiary


General Interest Stands


Bees Abroad

Bees for Development

NBU

Plant Life

Welsh Assembly Government

WBKA


WBKA Webinars

Currently we are are arranging at least one webinar each month. Our webinars are free and open to all.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday 29th February 2024 at 7.30 – 9.00 PM BST .

Ann Chilcott –
Observations at the Hive Entrance 

Opening a hive of honey bees for inspection is always stressful for them to some extent, and the longer they are exposed the greater the risks of chilling, robbing etc. “Observations at the Hive Entrance” is about what you can learn from watching honey bees near their hive and around the apiary. Understanding bee behaviour and being in tune with a colony can help them enormously and reduce the disturbance of unnecessary inspections. Sometimes management decisions can be made from observations made outside the hive.


This presentation is intended for beekeepers at all levels but new beekeepers usually find it particularly useful.


Ann Chilcott has been keeping bees in Nairnshire, Scotland, since 2004 and currently manages 12 colonies in several apiaries. She is qualified to Scottish Expert Beemaster level and involved in education at local and national levels. She spends a lot of time on practical hands-on mentoring of local beekeepers, teaching children, giving presentations, writing articles for journals, supporting local beekeeping association in key roles, reviewing books, continued self-development, and sharing knowledge worldwide through her blog: www.beelistener.co.uk

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


News 



Watch the latest Video from Anaphylaxis UK on Bee and Wasp stings.



New! 
Apiary and Brood Inspections

Three videos by Regional Bee Inspector Frank Gellatly, Gwenyn Gruffydd and Black Mountain Honey.

Frank Gellatly, Regional Bee Inspector for Wales has joined with Gwenyn Gruffydd and Black Mountain Honey to produce three useful and interesting YouTube videos. We thank Frank and both of these businesses for granting us permission to share the links to these very informative videos.

(Please note that the WBKA do not endorse any particular products or suppliers mentioned in these videos, or in any of the advertisements which appear via YouTube).

Click on the videos to view.

The Healthy Bees Plan 2030

has recently been published by DEFRA to cover Wales and England for the next 10 years. 

The Plan is available below.

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 below.

Ulster BKA Webinars
Jan 2022

Members may be interested in the Ulster Beekeepers’ Association flyer of webinars starting in January 2022. Registration details are below.

Scottish BKA Webinars
2021 -2022

Here are some past webinars from the Scottish Beekeepers Association  that you might find interesting.

Click on the button below.

QUICK LINKS


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