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WBKA’s Virtual Annual Convention
Saturday 27th March
Beekeepers will be glad to know that our very popular Annual Convention is still on,
this year a free online event open to everyone.
- We have a Trade Hall with the latest offerings and insights from our traders.
- There will be Lectures with the usual opportunity to question the speakers live after each session.
- New for our virtual convention are Drop in Sessions where you can ask Assessors about the practical assessments or talk to WBKA Trustees.
- We end the day with our Any Questions panel for live questioning.
Our Convention website with free registration for all events is now open!
On Thursday 11th March at 7.30 pm:
Spring Management & Disease Inspection
Jim Vivian-Griffiths CFL, Master Beekeeper
WBKA are delighted to welcome Jim Vivian-Griffiths to present on Spring Management & Disease Inspection. Jim’s talk, which is an excellent follow-on from our Disease Recognition webinar last month, is timely as we look forward to being able to open and inspect our colonies in the warmer days to come.
Jim became a Master Beekeeper in 2014, and is a winner of the Wax Chandler’s Award (for the highest module marks achieved). He also became a qualified lecturer for The Federation of Irish Beekeepers (FIBKA) in 2015.
He is a BBKA assessor for the Basic, Bee Health & General Husbandry assessments.
As usual, this webinar is open to all in and beyond Wales.
To register please click on this link:
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
More Webinars for the dark days of winter Along with the WBKA, other National Associations are running free webinars that beekeepers may find interesting. You can find past and upcoming webinars here:
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations: https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/federation-of-irish-beekeepers-associations-clg-31215560997
The Ulster Beekeepers Association are holding a series of six webinars in January and February on the theme Key Concepts For Every Bee-Keeper. They have issued a flyer here which includes links for registration on the second page
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
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 early in 2021.