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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!

Bootiful!

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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WDBKA Annual Luncheon

We had an excellent turnout with forty three members and friends at the Bridport Golf Club on Sunday the 26th January, in the pouring rain, for our Annual Lunch. Lesley Gasson our County Chairman joined us this year for the first time which was good. Below is a picture of the guests chatting away on […]

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WDBKA AGM

The Annual General Meeting of WDBKA was held in November. Twenty six full members and friends gathered to share reports from the committee and renew and appoint a full complement of committee members for the next year.

Congratulations and thanks to Sarah Moore who has agreed to stand as our Chairman, with Liz Moxom as […]

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WDBKA Marquee at the Melplash Show 2013

What a Great Show!

Our Judge this year was Chris Symes from Marlow, Bucks and our Steward for the first time was Brigid Hillier who thoroughly enjoyed her day and learnt a lot about showing—one of the main points for all to remember is to read the schedule! We […]

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WDBKA at the Melplash Show 2013

 

Carole and her stewards are ready for the judging to commence

It is Show Time again!

Our large Marquee will be in the same place as last year, in the middle field.

The judge this year is Chris Symes from Marlow Bucks. We are anticipating lots of entries from the ‘old hands’ […]

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WDBKA Bee Safari

My what a hot day, the golfing brollies were up to give us all a bit of shade! We had a super time looking at bees in 3 Apiaries at Corscombe, South Perrot and Stoke Abbott. Just by chance they all kept different types of hives—Smith, WBC and National.

Kevin Pope our […]

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Simon Jones RBI demonstrates how to conduct an inspection for bee disease

On Saturday 4th May Simon Jones, RBI for the South West, visited the WDBKA apiary to lead a disease inspection. He started the afternoon talking about the anticipated arrival of the Asian Hornet and asked all beekeepers to be especially vigilant.

Asian Hornet trap

Our apiary may become a sentinel apiary with a specially […]

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First Apiary meeting of the year for WDBKA members

Members of WDBKA gathered at the apiary on Saturday 6th April for the first meeting of the season. Not surprisingly the weather was deemed too cold to open hives and inspect the colonies.

Hives were hefted to assess the weight of stores to keep the bees going whilst the cold snap continues. Varroa trays were […]

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