Preparations for Melplash!

The show ground is taking shape as preparations for the next Melplash Show gain momentum. The ‘Bee Team’ have prepared our marquee this evening. Thank you to everyone for a slick operation!


We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 25th. Stewards will be on duty from 7a.m. onwards for everyone to stage exhibits and drop off cakes for sale.

Fingers crossed for a dry and bright day!

DBKA Bee Health Day

Well over 100 Dorset Beekeepers attended a Bee Health and Hygiene Day on Sunday 17th July. The village hall in Stratton proved to be a convenient venue with plenty of car parking space for all.

Geoff Buckland, chairman of the Dorset Beekeeping Association, welcomed members to the free event and introduced Julian Parker,  our new Regional Bee Inspector. Julian had brought his team of Seasonal Bee Inspectors to lead the afternoon workshops.


We were particularly fortunate to have Dr Giles Budge from FERA Science Ltd who gave the first fascinating talk concerning the top 10 threats to honey bees. He shared details of recent research and presented the information in an entertaining and accessible manner.

Julian followed up with a session on varroa and gave a very clear message regarding the importance of monitoring and treating with approved products.

After a break for lunch the afternoon sessions were led by the SBIs. Four half hour workshops covered AFB, EFB, Apiary Hygiene and Small Hive beetle and Asian Hornets.

Thank you to DBKA for organising this free event.

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.

imageThank you to several WDBKA members who have worked so hard to spring clean the apiary. The freshly painted sheds, clean chairs, table and bench make a real difference.

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. 20160507_091133


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 very interested in the work of Bees for Development .


Surplus plants were donated for sale by local gardeners who always sow more seeds than they need and can’t bare to let them go to waste! The plants are labelled as they are brought in to avoid confusion. It’s a good opportunity to share growing advice and to try out new varieties. A satisfying way to spend a lovely sunny morning in the town.



Children were invited to get involved by potting up seeds and small plants to take away and nurture at home. Hopefully they will eventually enjoy eating their home grown produce.

This was a great event to promote healthy options for both humans and bees!


New Beekeepers visit the Apiary

Having completed the theory part of the course  our student beekeepers have now moved on the gain practical experience in the apiary.P1010004

Although the weather was too cold for full inspections there were still plenty of jobs to do.

Cleaning and sterilising equipment, learning how to light a smoker … and keep it going!




Varroa levels were checked and colonies treated as required.


WDBKA Course for new Beekeepers 2016

We are approaching the halfway point for the theory part of the current course for new Beekeepers.

So far the 25 students have listened to a variety of speakers and begun to develop their understanding. Last week we enjoyed a practical session during which everyone was able to make their own frame to take away with them … the first of many!


NBU Annual Newsletter

Click here to download a copy of the annual NBU Southern Region Newsletter from Nigel Semmence.

Congratulations to Nigel who has been appointed as the Contingency Planning and Science Officer at the NBU.

Julian Parker is our new RBI. We look forward to meeting him at the Health and Hygeine Day on the 17th July.


Hive Theft Alert

Police are appealing for information after three hives containing honey bees were stolen from some allotments in Middlesborough, in the north east.

Closer to home we are concerned to hear that several hives have been stolen this month (Feb) in the Wimborne area.

Please be mindful of your own hive security and check that equipment is marked to aid identification.

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!

Happy New Year !

Members and Friends of WDBKA should have received the new 2016 Programme of talks and events.

Click here to download your copy.

We look forward to another interesting and enjoyable year of beekeeping.

WDBKA is delighted to support the establishment of a beekeeping 1 Beekeeping Club at Marshwood Primary School. We look forward to updates as the year progresses. So far the children have constructed their flat pack hive and are looking forward to the arrival of child sized suits to aid the inspection of their first colony in the spring.