Our 2021 Annual Convention on 27th March was an online event this year.
Our Convention website with a large Traders Hall is still open – you can visit here: convention.wbka.com
Our next webinar is on Thursday 15th April at 7.30pm when PC Dewi Evans of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team will be talking on Apiary Security.
PC Dewi Evans has been part of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team since 2013 and has investigated honey bee thefts. In 2018 he received the WWF UK National Enforcer Award in recognition of his work to tackle wildlife crimes. Dewi was also the scriptwriter and main character of the popular S4C children’s program, ‘Dewi a’r Ditectifs Gwyllt’, (Dewi and the Wildlife Detectives). Recently he was seconded to a project looking at affordable security for farms.
Dewi’s talk will explore ways in which a beekeeper can make their apiary and equipment more secure from vandalism and theft, as well as covering what information a beekeeper can give to assist the police to investigate any reported incidents.
Registration is free and all are welcome!
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
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.