WBKA Events

May
10
Sun
2020
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

Jul
4
Sat
2020
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

Sep
13
Sun
2020
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

Jan
11
Mon
2021
Members’ Meeting, Shipston Beekeepers @ Virtual Event
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Members’ Monthly Meeting, Shipston Beekeepers

The Shipston Beekeepers branch is holding its monthly, 2nd Monday of the month, virtually. This will be conducted over Zoom and details will be advised prior to the meeting.

Please contact the branch Secretary for more details on how to join this virtual event.

Jan
14
Thu
2021
Honeybee Democracy by Dave Bonner, Sutton Coldfield & North Birmingham @ Virtual Event
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Members’ Monthly Meeting, Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Beekeepers Association

This the branch’s monthly meeting and, as COVID-19 restrictions persist, will beheld online via Zoom. This month’s talk will be on Honeybee Democracy and will be presented by Dave Bonner.

Information and details for the Zoom Meeting will shown on our website,  approximately 3 days prior to the talk.

Jan
18
Mon
2021
The BBKA Apiary, Coventry @ Virtual Event
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Members’ Monthly Meeting, Coventry Beekeepers

The monthly members meeting for Coventry Beekeepers will feature a talk by Andrew and Sarah Heath on the BBKA Apiary and the activities around it. As per current country-wide restrictions, the event will be held virtually using Zoom.

Please contact Dave Bonner for more details on how to join this talk.

Jan
21
Thu
2021
The Asian Hornet by Gordon Bull, Warwick & Leamington @ Virtual Event
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Warwickshire and Beekeeper’s Members’ Monthly Meeting

The Branch monthly meeting will be held virtually, over Zoom. Please contact the Rachel Dove, branch members’ meeting co-ordinator, for details on how to join the meeting.

This month’s talk will be on Asian Hornets, by Gordon Bull – Regional Bee Inspector.

About the Presenter: Gordon is a biologist who started keeping bees at his home in the North Cotswolds in 2008. He quickly became completely enthralled with the subject and despite vowing in the 1970s that he would never sit another exam, he worked his way through the BBKA system and qualified as a Master Beekeeper in 2015. His beekeeping interests include queen rearing and raising nucs.

In 2014 he chose a complete change of career and joined the NBU as a Seasonal Bee Inspector. He started in the Southern Team inspecting in Northamptonshire and the Gloucestershire-Oxfordshire borders and in 2018 moved to Western to cover Worcestershire and parts of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. He was in the teams that dealt with the Tetbury and Woolacombe hornet outbreaks and recently gained some hands-on experience of Small Hive Beetle while on holiday in Australia.

Jan
28
Thu
2021
Bookish Bees, Warwick & Leamington @ Virtual Event
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers Association Book Club

Join us and Jane Ford, our WLBKA Librarian, every month for an evening where we discuss all books concerning bees! This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom. Please contact Jane for the details of the event and passcode.

This month’s book is:

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees: Amazon.co.uk: Hanson, Thor: 9781785783746: Books

About the Author: Thor Hanson is a biologist whose research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. His previous books include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize), and The Triumph of Seeds. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and contributed to publications including BBC Wildlife and the Huffington Post. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

Reviews of the book: ‘Buzz is a must-read for anyone with an inkling of an interest in the natural history of bees. Thor Hanson tells the story of bees, right from the beginning, from their evolution to how ancient civilizations recognised their importance to become honey hunters and beekeepers. The book goes well beyond the story of honeybees though, accounting for the lives of a multitude of species from bumblebees to leaf-cutters, and the hugely important role they play in pollinating our crops and wildflowers. Eloquent and captivating throughout, Hanson writes in a way which is accessible for all; his appendices, notes and glossary provide more detailed information and are as highly recommended as the main text.’ — Darryl Cox

‘Popular science at its intelligent best’ — The Economist

‘Thor Hanson is a gifted story teller and naturalist. In Buzz, he takes us along on a wondrous, action-packed journey to discover the secret lives of bees, flowers, and the unconventional men and women who study them. This book really is the buzz about bees, and it’s destined to become a natural history classic.’ — Stephen Buchmann

Feb
11
Thu
2021
Blitz Mentality – London Beekeeping 2021 @ Zoom Meeting
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

“Beekeeping in an Urban environment”

A talk by Bermondsey Street Bees, of London.
11th February 19:30 via Zoom

The current sustainability crisis facing London’s beekeepers.
London is the most densely-populated city in Europe (and, possibly, The  World) for honeybees – and has seen unrelenting growth in fashion-led beekeeping in recent years, while disease has risen exponentially and yields have fallen dramatically.

The website (https://www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk/
Our website has a Sustainability page https://www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk/apicultural-consulting-biodiversity-projects/ which touches on this topic.

 

You can register now by clicking on the following link.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9qKUrsUGToWg7IrhksCYqQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Feb
20
Sat
2021
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