Beginners course Spring 2018

The B&RBKA Spring beginners course will run for six consecutive Saturdays starting 14th April 2018 from 12:00 mid-day through till around 16:30.

As we will be using our teaching apiary membership of the association is required but the course is open to full and associate members (see membership form for details)

We have a 2 hour theory session in Llandew village hall then on to our teaching apiary for practical hands on for a couple of hours.

The theory sessions broadly follow the WBKA and BBKA basic beekeeping curriculum with added extras.

From day 1 you will be handling live bees (weather permitting)

Booking, please contact David Coles  01497 820419

BRBKA Membership form 2018

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Bees for Development has been supporting bees and beekeepers world-wide for 25 years.  To celebrate we are offering Birthday Giveaways every month throughout 2018.  In January Julie Scott from Swingfield in Dover was the lucky winner of a complete Thorne National hive worth over £400.

February’s prize is a luxury hamper generously donated by BJ Sherriff containing a Sherriff Handy Hood veil with an assortment of British heritage goodies and treats.  For achance to win, simply enter your details here

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Items for sale

New beekeeping items for sale in members area, books, suits gauntlets.

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Bees for Development

To celebrate Bees for Development’s 25th Year we are offering fantastic Birthday Giveaways throughout 2018.  This month’s prize is a complete, assembled UK National frame hive and stand, worth over £400.  The prize is generously donated and delivered by E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd.

For a chance to win the bee hive, simply enter your details here

Please forward this message to your Members so that they have the chance to win this super hive!  Thank you.

Louise Cobb

Development Manager

Bees for Development Trust UK Charity 1078803

1 Agincourt Street, Monmouth NP25 3DZ, UK

Tel +44 (0)1600 714848

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Bio Control of Varroa Mites

Bio Control Roundup (NOT that Roundup)

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Honey Labelling Workshop

  • Cywain Bee, in collaboration with an Officer for Carmarthenshire Trading Standards Carwyn T Phillips, are delivering a honey labelling workshop on Wednesday 31st January at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. 

    The workshop will include:

  • General labelling description
  • Country of origin
  • Durability indication and storage conditions
  • Weight markings
  • General provisions
  • NutritionYou can choose to attend either a morning workshop (09.30am to 12.30pm), or an afternoon workshop (1.30pm to 4.30pm).Booking is essential as there is limited space, please complete the online booking form by clicking on the following link: and coffee will be provided!

    For further information please contact: –
    Haf Wyn Hughes (Development Manager Cywain Bee) on 01745 770278 or

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Asian Hornet Open Meeting

Fancy a trip to the seaside?!
B&RBKA, along with Cardiff; Vale and Valley; Gwent; and Bridgend and District Beekeepers Associations have been invited by beekeepers in Totnes, Devon, to an open meeting on Asian Hornets. This is in response to the discoveries, of which I’m sure we are all aware, of Asian Hornets in Devon and even further north over the past year.
The meeting will run from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 20th January in Harberton Parish Hall, TQ9 7SD.

The guest speaker will be Martyn Hocking, who published an article in November’s edition of Bee Craft about his experience of finding hornets in his apiary near Woolacombe during the autumn.

There will also be a discussion on any issues surrounding the Asian Hornet that have arisen. Beekeepers will be attending from Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, South Gloucestershire and Bath, so this is a really fantastic opportunity for multiple points of view to put their heads together and consider preparations to control the damage that the invasive species could potentially cause.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jill Beagley of Devon BKA, so that likewise they can prepare for the invasion of non-native Welsh Beekeepers down on the south coast! Jill can also point you in the right direction in terms of local B&Bs. Send her an email:

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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show Welsh National Honey Show

The RWAS Honey Show is still searching for a judge’s steward. If you’re interested in taking up this opportunity to learn more about honey judging (and if you’re lucky, even taste some competing honey!), get in touch with Chris Cardew: or Bethan Davies:

The RWAS will run from 23rd- 26th July this year; the Honey Show date is yet to be publically released.

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