Vacancies at Somerset BKA
We are looking for a new Secretary and Treasurer to take over from Maggie and Peter respectively when they complete their terms of office at the 2024 AGM in March. These are key roles in the running of the association and you will receive help and support to get up to speed. There is more information plus full jobs descriptions here.
Annual Lecture day on 10 february, 2024
We hope to see you at our 2024 Lecture Day on Saturday, 10 February in Bridgwater, when there will be a packed programme of speakers, workshops and a trade hall.
Book your tickets now!
Gerry Collins NDB: Catch it if you can and Beekeeping techniques for the better beekeeper
Professor Juliet Osborne: Bees and how we care for them
Professor Stephen Martin: Understanding the evolution of natural Varroa-tolerance mechanisms in various beekeeping populations (pictured below left)
Workshops & seminars:
Microscopy: Bridget Knutson MB
Beekeeping & climate change: Geoff Blay MB
Beekeeping with Asian hornets: Richard Noel, Brittany beekeeper (morning only)
Asian hornets monitoring traps: Colin Lodge (afternoon only)
Integrated Pest Management Meghan Seymour, SW Bee Inspector & team (morning only)
What is most likely to kill my bees apart from Asian Hornets? Meghan Seymour, SW Bee Inspector & team (afternoon only)
There is ample parking and refreshments - including hot drinks, cake and light lunches - are available from the venue.
The Canalside, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 6LQ
For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.
Yellow-legged asian hornets
A record number of Asian hornets (Vespa veluntina nigrithorax) were found in the UK last year - there were more nests than in the previous six years combined. Two nests were in Devon.
If Asian hornets get established in the UK, they could decimate our pollinators, including honey bees.
Please report sightings immediately via
the Asian Hornet Watch app on Android and iPhone or the online form.
Join Somerset BKA
If you are a member of another association or are from overseas and would like to support Somerset BKA, then you can become a County Associate Member. It will give you access to lecture recordings as well as to our events and newsletter.
Online lecture series
Our online lectures are free and help to increase your knowledge of beekeeping practice and learn about the latest honey bee research. Catch up on previous talks which are available for members to watch.
Brittany beekeeper Richard Noel talked to us in the autumn about how he minimises the impact of Asian hornets on his apiaries.
Richard has kindly given us permission to make this talk available to all after a season when the UK experienced record levels of the non native and invasive insect.
He reviews what works - and what doesn't - and the impact Asian hornets are having on the bees and his business.
Join Somerset BKA
Primarily we exist for the benefit of our members and provide a wide range of activities and services aimed at active beekeepers and those with an interest in honey bees and apiculture.
Enjoy practical training and education courses, talks and lectures, expertise and encouragement, insurance and much, much more!
Local beekeepers produce local honey! It’s usually raw (untreated), contains local pollen and is additive-free. Honey is reputed to have a variety of health benefits and medical uses – and it tastes good, too!
Local honey is available directly from our members, also at many independent retailers as well as at our Honey Shows.
The best way to find someone to help with a swarm is to click the link below, which will take you to the British Beekeepers’ Association website, where you can find your nearest swarm collector.
Honey bees and other pollinators are having a tough time because of pests and diseases, loss of habitat and pesticides. One of our key roles is to help our members keep healthy and strong colonies.
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