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.
Currently we are are arranging at least one webinar each month. Our webinars are free and open to all.
Our next webinar will be in November 2021 – full details will be given here soon.
News and Events
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
The Scottish Beekeepers’ Association have a webinar on 6th October, when Professor Richard Pywell will be sharing information on the National Honey Monitoring Scheme. Working in partnership with UK beekeepers, this scheme aims to use honeybees to monitor long-term changes in the condition and health of the UK countryside. Follow this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7042475741000048910
Here are some past webinars from the Scottish Beekeepers Association that you might find interesting: https://scottishbeekeepers.org.uk/events/webinars
We have a vacancy in our Management Team for an Events Secretary. Our next major event will be the 2022 Convention. If you like organising gatherings then please do get in touch as you may be just the person we are seeking.
We are also seeking someone to become a voluntary WBKA Trustee. While face to face meetings are restricted the Trustees are meeting virtually, once a month.
If you have skills that might be useful to the Management team please get in touch with Jenny Shaw, our Secretary, email email@example.com