The AGM will be held as usual in Jubilee Hall Llanelwedd at 2:00 pm.  AGM mailings will go to every member at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.

There will be a seed swap table at the AGM so if you have unused, partially used or unwanted seeds please bring them along to share. You may well find seeds that you will use.

The AGM will be followed by a talk and presentation on “pollinators and honeybees ” by David Coles

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NBU Welsh report

The National Bee Unit Welsh Annual Report appeared in the winter edition of Welsh Beekeeper magazine, it is also on Beebase:  http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=168

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Oxalic acid at the Wern

Oxalic acid treatment at the Wern 05th January 2.00pm. Meet at Llandew village hall.

Afterwards back to the hall for Flat pack brood box construction , frame making and oxalic acid sublimation demo.

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Hive Count

Don’t forget we need you to update your colony records on your BeeBase record by 31st December 2018. You can do this by clicking on the following link: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/secure/beekeeper/hiveCensus.cfm and submitting your response.
If you have any further questions, please visit the Hive Count page on BeeBase or contact us at Hive.Count@apha.gov.uk
Thank you for your co-operation.
National Bee Unit.

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Dear Colleague

I understand from Charlie, one of our members who also works at the University, that two students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University have chosen to focus their final year project on the design of beehive components and sensors, which may be attractive to a wide range of beekeepers (from newbees to advanced beekeepers) by supporting their year round practice and addressing any issues they may have faced with their hives. To assess areas where new technologies may best support beekeepers (and I understand that the students will have scoured the market to establish the current commercially available offerings as part of their background reading), they have created a survey (it is pretty short, 6 questions only) and would very much appreciate responses from as many beekeepers as possible. Early responses will help them to justify their project.

I would be very grateful if you could forward it’s to your members and If any of them feel they can spare just a few minutes and respond to the survey they should please go to


Many thanks

Best wishes


Julian Caruana

Acting Secretary

Swansea & District Beekeepers’ Society

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Bees for development appeal

We have a raffle at our Christmas meal the proceeds of which we usually donate to this fine charity.

News from Bees for Development

We have launched our Christmas appeal:  this is our only fund raising campaign in 2018, and we are asking you to support work in northern Ethiopia.  The government in Amhara identifies people most in need, and we train those interested to learn beekeeping.  We work with them for two years – it takes this long to learn new skills and build their own resilient income.  We have trained over 800 people like this in the past two years.

We are not just interested in people – we are interested in bees too:  to see them protected, and their habitat restored.  We are rewilding areas of degraded forest, working with poor communities over many years to continue protecting forests as they regenerate.  Please help by donating here: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/4665/30259/

As I write this on Friday afternoon, we still have £4,000 of matching funds available to double your donation.  By the time you reach our website – it might all have been used – or you might be lucky to have your donation doubled.  Either way, please give whatever you can – every donation helps with this work.

We are a very small charity running on a shoestring, and we are extremely careful with how we use your funds.  £35 supports one person to get started with bees, while £200 supports them for 2 years as they learn their way out of poverty.

You can gain a measure of how well your money is used, and how far it can reach, by watching this very brief interview (3 mins) with the Ethiopian girl Alemnesh http://beesfd.org/thebiggive/#video .  Please enjoy the film, and then give what you can, so that next year we can help more young people out of crushing poverty.

Thank you for your interest and support, Nicola and the team at Bees for Development

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Beekeeping Microscopy

Beecraft Live event here:-


29th November 8:00pm

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