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 […]

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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.

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!



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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 […]

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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.


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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 […]

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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 Club at Marshwood Primary School. We look forward to updates as the […]

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WDBKA local at Apple Day Event

Members from WDBKA were pleased to attend the annual Apple Day at Groves Nursery. It was a good opportunity to share information and encourage interested folk to sample a range of honey. People were surprised by the different flavours from local hives.

Funds were raised with the sale of cakes and honey… contributions towards the […]

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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 […]

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Preparing the Bee Marquee

There was plenty of time to catch up with the latest weather news as a good number of folk came to help set up the framework of the Bee Marquee on Tuesday evening.

The bees have arrived – thank you Trevor – and the bee net is still in position!



Tomorrow the […]

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Practical sessions underway at the apiary

The first group of students have enjoyed their initial visit to the apiary.


Although the weather was dry and bright it was still a bit chilly for the bees.



Several hives were inspected and everyone had an opportunity to handle frames and begin to develop the ability to identify brood in […]

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