Student visit to the Apiary

Kevin Pope, SBI, guides students through a full disease inspection

We were fortunate to have a burst of sunshine to accompany Kevin Pope, SBI, as he visited the WDBKA Apiary to carry out a full inspection. Students from our Beginners’ Course were able to observe the process and paid close attention to Kevin and […]

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Beginners’ Course 2019

The WDBKA annual course for new Beekeepers is well underway. Our group of 25 keen students have completed the 7 week theory part of the programme and are currently enjoying visits to the Netherbury Apiary. In spite of the mixed weather we have been able to carry out the first two practical sessions.

The […]

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Please look out for the Asian Hornet

Please make sure you are aware of the key features of an Asian Hornet … and that you are familiar with the procedure for reporting a sighting. There is plenty of good information available to keep all beekeepers informed and up to date with the latest news.

Following recent Asian Hornet Awareness Raising Workshops WDBKA […]

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Frame making and Chip Supper evening

Thank you to everyone who came along to join our frame making evening … a brilliant way to get equipment prepared for the new season!

The fish and chip supper worked well and by the end of the evening we had a good stock of frames and supers ready for action.


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A number of WDBKA members attended the DBKA AGM on Sunday 8th April. Full details of the meeting will be available in due course.

Carole was delighted to be able to accept the Hambro Cup which was presented to the Dorset Beekeepers Association by Capt A V Hambro JP. DL. when he was President from […]

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2018 Course for new Beekeepers is underway!

The latest course for prospective Beekeepers has now started. We have already enjoyed two weeks of presentations from a variety of tutor volunteers from within the Association. Course participants have started to learn about different types of hive and the basic needs of a colony.

Last week everyone had a go at building their first […]

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The Bee Marquee is ready for the Melplash Show!

Many thanks to everyone who came along this evening to make light work of preparing our Marquee for the show. Everything is in place … most things have been found from last year (white painted display stand for honey sales still missing!) … and all we need now are the exhibits for the show and […]

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Honey for sale at Melplash

Preparations are well underway for the annual WDBKA Honey Show and sales at the Melplash Show.

The honey from the Association Apiary is now bottled and ready for sale … we are delighted that our bees have been so busy!

WDBKA honey from the Netherbury Apiary ready for sale.


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Apiary Clean Up

Many thanks to all those who joined the end of season apiary clear up event. In beautiful, warm sunshine, we scraped, scorched, scoured, swept and sorted! All the equipment is now ready for next year and the sheds are extremely tidy. The bee suits have been removed for washing and winter storage. Even […]

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Melplash Memories 2016

After a hectic run up to the show it was great to see so many members, friends and visitors taking time to enjoy the attractions. The Melplash Show is a terrific showcase for our Association and provides a great opportunity to share information with the general public … as well as sign up students for […]

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