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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Beginners course update

We are approaching the half way point through our annual course for new beekeepers. So far students have covered the basics and are gradually building their knowledge and understanding … and most importantly, are beginning to get to know other folk who could be helpful bee buddies in the future.

Everyone has had an opportunity […]

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Apiary visit for new Beekeepers

On Saturday 7th May a good number of students from the latest course for new beekeepers went to the WDBKA apiary to meet Kevin Pope, SBI.

It was a great opportunity for everyone to watch and learn as Kevin examined each colony to assess the health of the bees.

Thank you to several WDBKA members […]

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Apiary visit for new beekeepers

The second group of new beekeepers have now made their first visit to the WDBKA apiary.

The weather was warm and bright and the bees were too busy to take much notice! Eggs were spotted and brood in all stages was present for close scrutiny by the students.

An enjoyable afternoon was rounded off with […]

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Lecture by Mark Greco at Yeovil BKA

On Saturday 21st June Yeovil BKA hosted a talk on Diagnostic Radioentomology by Mark Greco, an Australi- an academic working at Bath University, where he keeps eleven colonies. The talk was preceded by an excellent and sociable lunch at the Royal Oak in Over Stratton. (Before you ask, the title means studying insects using a […]

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Course for new beekeepers is well underway!

Our course for new beekeepers is well underway. A variety of topics are covered during the evening theory meetings, held at Netherbury Village Hall, delivered by a team of WDBKA members who are all experienced beekeepers. Students have already considered the merits of different hives, frames and foundation. Protective clothing and basic equipment, siting an […]

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Beekeeping with Zest

Zest hive frames can be made from plastic

Report of talk by Bill Summers on “Beekeeping with Zest”, at the United Reform Church, Bridport. Feb 2013

Bill and his technical sidekick Dave Durrant began by explaining that the concept of Zest (Zero Energy SusTainable) beekeeping began with a need to provide cheap, bamboo hives […]

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Queens: Chance or Choice? Talk by Richard Ball Rtd NBI

In one of our winter talks Richard Ball, retired NBI, delivered an informative lecture sharing his thoughts and experience regarding the importance of effective queen rearing for all beekeepers.

Richard began by urging us all to improve our stocks, for which good husbandry is the key. If we beekeepers each year selected our best […]

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