Melplash 2017

Very many thanks to everyone who came along to help before, during and after the show. We hope our visitors to the Bee Marquee had as much fun as we did!

We had a lovely display of honey and frames ready for extraction. There was a lot to see and do in the tent. The […]

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WDBKA Outing to Buckfast Abbey Apiary

WDBKA members and friends were fortunate to have a dry, warm day for our visit to Buckfast Abbey. Twenty four of us spent an enjoyable time with Clare Densely, the Buckfast Bee Manager. The party split into groups and had the opportunity to see the bees on two different sites. We received a warm welcome […]

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WDBKA Auction

The sun shone for our auction of bee equipment on Saturday 25th March. Sufficient folk came along to clear the majority of the lots and most of us went home with some real bargain buys.

Many thanks to all those who prepared the lots for sale, to our excellent auctioneer and her assistant, and […]

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A little bee film

At this time of year it is always exciting when we can have a proper look inside the hives to see what our colonies have been up to. Click on the link to the Guardian website below to see Carole and Ken in action in Spring 2011. They were “volunteered” to take part in a […]

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Bees for Development Fundraising Event

Thank you to WDBKA member Sally Beeson and friends who raised £146.22 for Bees for Development on Saturday morning, 7th May.


It was a lovely warm Saturday market-day in Bridport and the plant stall generated quite a bit of interest. It was good to have leaflets available as there were a few people […]

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WDBKA Annual Luncheon

The New Year has got off to a flying start for WDBKA!

Forty-one members, family and friends sat down to share an excellent meal in the club house at the Bridport golf course.


Thank you to Carole for her slick organisation. How soon can we all book for next year!


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Bee Pests – talk by Nigel Semmence RBI

Nigel began by telling us he is in fact no longer our Regional Bee Inspector: he has recently been promoted to “Contingency Planning and Science Officer”. A new RBI will be appointed soon, and Nigel is the point of contact in the meantime. The Bee inspectors are now part of the Animal and Plant health […]

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Taster evening for potential Beekeepers

An evening meeting in October provided an opportunity for potential beekeepers to find out a bit more about the popular Beginners course – due to start in February 2016.

A range of experienced beekeepers gave short introductory talks to whet the appetites of new students. A range of key aspects of the craft were covered […]

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Melplash Memories

After another successful show we want to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm.

Melplash is a brilliant showcase for WDBKA. We all had a great day!


Thank you Tilly … our expert flower arranger.

Thank you to all those who made delicious cakes to sell … they didn’t last long!


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Beekeeping in Skeps

Over 70 members from East Devon and West Dorset BKA enjoyed an interesting talk by Chris Park who came to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for beekeeping in skeps.

When he first decided to keep bees Chris joined a local bee club and was well supported in his quest to develop his approach. Initially […]

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