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Saving Pollinators … Honey Bee Semen?

From Smithsonian Magazine :-

Conserving Honey Bee Semen

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Bees’ Needs Week is back for the third year running from 9 – 15 July

Hive of activity to raise awareness of Bees’ Needs

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75th Anniversary Conference

Due to the delay in sending out the Summer Magazine which contains the booking form for the 75th Anniversary Conference we have decided to delay the closing date for bookings until the 27th June 2018 as there are still spaces available. There is also a booking form on the website which can be emailed if that suits you better.
Thank you,
John Bowles
Cadeirydd / Chair
Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru /Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
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Gower Show

The Gower Show Sunday 5th AUGUST 2018

The Honey Section is very fortunate to have been given a 60ft by 40ft tent again this year.  We need as much help as possible, both on the show day and on the Friday and Saturday before when we will be setting everything up.  Our Honey Judge will be Mr Bernard Diaper.  As with last year if we have over 100 entries we will again qualify for the Blue Ribbon Award and will be eligible for it again next year.


Helpers are needed to set up from 10.30 a.m. on Friday 3rd August and Saturday 4th August.  Stewards are needed for Sunday 5thAugust, from either 9.00 a.m. until 1.30p.m. or 1.00p.m. until 5.30p.m., which will entitle you to a ticket for free entry to the show.   Please contact me by 20th July if you can help, letting me know your preference of bee and/or honey tent and times etc.


If it’s easier you can email me with your entries and then pay me when you see me. On Tuesday 31st July I will be at the New Lodge, Independent Social Club, Gorseinon, from 7.30 p.m., if you need any entry forms or to give your entry forms/money in. I will do my best to give you your entry numbers on the night but if I am unable to do so they will be ready for you to collect Friday 3rd  or Saturday 4th August. Advice will be given on stewarding on Tues 31st July.

Download schedule below:-



  1. Look carefully at the schedule rules as you prepare your entries.
  2. On Saturday 4th August judging starts at 2 p.m., so entries must be staged by 1.30p.m. and the tent cleared promptly at 1.30p.m.

 Many Thanks,

Gill ​Lyons

Gower Show Secretary

​01792 233169


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Dark Bee Survey

My name is Dylan and I do a PhD on honey bee conservation at Bangor University, Wales. One of my research topics is to genetically identify potential breeding colonies of Dark bees (Apis mellifera mellifera) within Wales. Therefore, I am looking for beekeepers in Wales (and at the English – Welsh border) who keep bees of which they think they are Dark bees (based on appearance, behaviour and maybe even morphometrics) in order to get samples from for my study. The goal is to get an idea about where in Wales there are still Dark bees present and to which extent they are genetically pure, just like they recently did in Ireland (see attached paper).

Since on the one hand the WBKA aims to encourage its affiliated Beekeeping Associations (and their individual members) to become self-sufficient for new colonies and queens using locally adapted breeding stock and on the other hand the native Dark bee is the naturally best locally adapted honey bee for Wales, this study will provide necessary insights for improving a sustainable Welsh beekeeping.

Beekeepers who want to participate in this study can contact me (preferentially by email), then we would make an appointment in July – August at which I will visit the beekeeper and collect my samples. A sample consists of 15 young worker bees, picked out of the brood box, per colony. The participating beekeepers do not have to pay anything and of course they will receive the results of their own bee colonies. Beekeepers who are interested or have any questions should contact me as soon as possible.

Mail:                  Mobile: 07714671132

Kind regards,               Dylan Elen

PhD Researcher on Honey Bee Subspecies Conservation
School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Prifysgol Bangor University Wales (UK)
Board Member SICAMM – Societas Internationalis pro Conservatione Apis Melliferae Melliferae
Member RNSBB  – Research Network for Sustainable Bee Breeding
Breeding Coordinator SMARTBEES – Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee Populations
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Eva Crane from Bad Beekeeping Blog

Eva Crane: Nuclear Physicist, Beekeeper

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