WBKA Events

Two day Introduction to Beekeeping course – Shipston on Stour – Cancelled @ Brailes Village Hall
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day

Due to Covid-19 this course has been cancelled

Saturday 25/04/20 09.30 – 16.00  Brailes Village Hall OX15 5AS Theory – How a honeybee colony works; the beekeeping year; how to get started; essential equipment; harvesting your honey and wax.

Sunday 26/04/20 10.30 – 14.30  Practical at club apiary OX15 5HZ – Siting an apiary; assembling hive parts; apiary safety; inspecting a honeybee colony / handling bees (weather permitting)  Beesuits provided.

Light lunch and refreshments provided both days.

Cost £55 (couple £90)   Gift Voucher available.

Enrolment: www.sbka.org.uk/training

Enquiries: secretary@sbka.org.uk

Queen Rearing Workshop – Cancelled @ Leamington Branch Training Apiary
May 2 – May 3 all-day

Due to restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 virus, the apiary will not be available during the lockdown period and the colonies therefore cannot be prepared.

Consequently, the event has now been cancelled.

This hands on introductory course will cover queen rearing methods suitable for those preparing for their General Husbandry Assessment or for those who wish to produce a few spare queens for their own apiary. The workshop, led by 3 GH assessors, will include stock selection, setting up cell raiser colonies, larval introduction using ‘Miller’ frames and grafted cell bars, setting up mating nucs and queen introduction. Materials will be provided. Delegates to provide own lunches and clean bee suits etc.

16 places

Taster Session – Coventry – Postponed
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This session has been postponed – if you have booked,  someone will be in contact to tell you about alternative arrangements

Taster Session for prospective beekeepers. (booked places only) Ryton Apiary, Garden Organic, Ryton on Dunsmore

More information here

Bee Health Day @ BBKA Headquarters
Jul 4 all-day

In conjunction with the NBU and by popular demand, Warwickshire Beekeepers are hosting a one day event that is open to beekeepers from across the country. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from the NBU Bee Inspectors how to keep your bees healthy, how to spot disease issues and the actions necessary should you discover a potential problem. A key part of the day the chance to inspect diseased comb so that we are better equipped to spot problems in the field. The course is ideal preparation for the BBKA Bee Health Assessment.

60 places

Taster Session – Coventry
Sep 13 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Taster Session for prospective beekeepers. (booked places only) Ryton Apiary, Garden Organic, Ryton on Dunsmore

More information here

Introduction to Beekeeping – Coventry Branch – Cancelled @ Eathorpe Village Hall
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day

Apologies – Cancelled due to COVID

For those interested in taking up Beekeeping as a hobby.

Come and join Coventry Branch of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association for a weekend to learn more about Beekeeping

A two day Beginner Beekeeping course – Venue TBC

20th/21st February 2021

Details HERE


Making Bees Your Business
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Making Bees Your Business

Increasingly bees and pollinators are recognised for their services to support food production, deliver public goods and build natural capital.

Caroline Drummond MBE, LEAF Chief Executive will highlight the work that LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and their farmers are doing to support bees, pollinators and habitats, against a background of climate change and the need to transform our food and farming systems.  Highlighting some of the global stresses, she will focus on the opportunities at a more local level, with farmer to farmer engagement, science-based decision making, the market opportunity through LEAF Marque, education and public engagement, such as LEAF Open Farm Sunday and citizen science.

Register here: 


Updates from the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and National Honey Monitoring Scheme
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Updates from the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and National Honey Monitoring Scheme

Dr Claire Carvell and Dr Anna Oliver, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Information with regard to the login details for the Zoom Meeting will shown approximately 3 days prior to the talk.

Register here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YDxzBYfXS3KHsT6yhYd0mQ


For the last in our series of our country lectures we will hear about two world leading monitoring schemes run by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH, Wallingford). Both schemes give us important insights at time when many species of insect pollinators are in decline in the UK.

Dr Claire Carvell, an ecologist, leads the Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Claire will tell us about “The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS): four years on”.  This scheme is the world’s first national scheme generating systematic data on the changes in the populations pollinating insects. Claire will also up-date us on two new pollinator surveys  (10-minute Flower-Insect Timed Counts and a more intensive 1 km square survey) which are running throughout the UK and let you know how you can get involved!

Dr Anna Oliver, a molecular biologist, will be presenting the story so far on ‘The National Honey Monitoring Scheme: Using citizen science to understand the foraging habits of UK honeybees’

Many of you will know of the scheme which aims to monitor how the foraging habits of UK honeybees respond to a changing environment. Further, if these changes can be used to provide information on the health of our countryside. It is the first UK-wide analysis of its kind, and uses advanced DNA barcoding techniques to identify traces of pollen in honey. Find out how to include your honey samples in the scheme.

BBKA Module Exams @ Virtual
Apr 24 – Apr 25 all-day

BBKA Module Exams

The BBKA will be holding the spring Module Exams in electronic form, with online invigilation.

Anyone who has already applied and does not want to take the exam online can have their entry transferred to November 2021 at no cost, when we are planning to offer paper exams

WBKA Winter Lectures 2021 – Himalayan Balsam @ Zoom Event
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Warwickshire Beekeepers County lectures will on Zoom and take place on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.  If you would like to hear from a particular speaker or have ideas about a bee-related topic please email your branch’s education coordinator or secretary@wbka.org.uk.


Our first lecture will be on Wednesday 15 September 7.30pm

WBKA lecture: Himalayan Balsam (Impact of Balsam on plants and pollinators)

Our speaker will be Dr Rinke Vinkenoog.  He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University. In this lecture Rinke will share his research work on the pollination ecology of the invasive plant species Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera).

Dr Vinkenoog was born and raised in the Netherlands.  He studied biology at the University of Amsterdam, did a PhD in Leiden and then came to England to work in Bath on the genetics of seed development. Since 2004 he has worked at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he studies pollination ecology in and around the Tyne Valley.

To register for this event please see the details in the Members Pages.

2 Replies to “WBKA Events”

    1. Rachel,

      Bee keeping courses tend to start in the new year, around late March or April. Some beekeeping branches run theory sessions over the winter.

      Within Warwickshire Beekeepers Association we have a number of Branches that cover North Warwickshire; indeed you are almost spoilt for choice! I would keep an eye on the individual websites for Warwick and Leamington; Solihull and District; Coventry; and possibly Nuneaton and Atherstone branch. If you want to email me the first 4 characters of your postcode I can work out the branch that would be ‘nearest’ to you; webmaster@wbka.org.uk


      Gary Thomas
      WBKA Webmaster

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