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.
Come to our WBKA Spring Convention
On 26th March 2022
At Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY
Opening 08.00 a.m.
Entry Prices Held
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 Bee 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
Members may be interested in the Ulster Beekeepers’ Association flyer of webinars starting in January 2022. Registration details are below.
Scottish BKA Webinars
Here are some past webinars from the Scottish Beekeepers Association that you might find interesting.
Click on the button below.
Currently we are are arranging at least one webinar each month. Our webinars are free and open to all.
Our next webinar is Colony Nutrition by Pete Sutcliffe, on Thursday January 20th at 7:30 PM GMT.
Pete has kept bees for over thirty years and is a Master Beekeeper. He and his wife keep an average of 20 colonies on various sites in the Dane Valley in Cheshire.
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.
As usual, the webinar is free and open to all but you do need to register in advance.
Click here to register.
to watch some of our past webinars, free and without registration
Click here to watch some of our past webinars, free and without registration.