WBKA Events

Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees

by Courtney MacInnis

This is a virtual event

Courtney MacInnis

Courtney MacInnis is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  She completed a MSc in Ecology at the University of Alberta in 2017 under the supervision of Drs. Steve Pernal and Andrew Keddie, where she evaluated the viability and infectivity of Nosema ceranae spores in substrates commonly associated with honey bee colonies.  As a PhD student co-supervised by Drs. Steve Pernal and Lien Luong, she is investigating the effects of two emerging parasites, N. ceranae and Lotmaria passim, on honey bee physiology and behaviour.  Courtney is excited about all honey bee parasites and pathogens … except for those with eight legs!

Sweet treats: Emerging parasites of honey bees

Ready for PER tests

Honey bee health decline is often linked to a number of factors, including the presence of a variety of parasites and pathogens.  In this presentation, I will provide recently updated information on the basic biology of two digestive tract parasites of adult honey bees: the microsporidian parasite Nosema ceranae, and the recently characterized trypanosomatid Lotmaria passim.  The presentation will also include findings from my ongoing research project regarding the effects of these two parasites on honey bee behaviour and physiology!

World Bee Day: Bee Engaged – Build Back better for Bees with FAO
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

World Bee Day – Bee Engaged

by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This is a virtual event

This year, World Bee Day will fall during an exceptional moment in history, where many countries continue to deal with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the occasion of the fourth observance of this International Day, FAO is organizing a virtual event on 20 May 2021 under the theme “Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees”.

The event will call for global cooperation and solidarity to counter the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to food security and agricultural livelihoods alongside prioritizing environmental regeneration and pollinator protection. It will be an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference to support, restore and enhance the role of pollinators.

Now is a time to re-think how we relate to nature and pollinators and what actions we can take to support these tiny hard workers and the millions of livelihoods they, in turn, support.

Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Monthly Members’ Meeting: Pollen and Bees @ Virtual Event
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Pollen and Bees

by Professor William Kirk

This the Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham branch’s monthly meeting and, as COVID-19 restrictions persist, will beheld online via Zoom.

This month’s talk will be on Pollen and Bees, delivered by Professor William Kirk.

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

National Hedgerow Week
May 29 – Jun 6 all-day

First ever National Hedgerow Week

The past year has highlighted to many of us just how essential our local green spaces are, and hedgerows are an oft-overlooked natural treasure. They are wonderful wildlife habitats, provide uplifting greenery and can even help tackle climate change. But to thrive, they need our care and attention.

Join this nationwide celebration and get access to resources, inspiration and activities that we can all do to close the gaps in our urban and rural hedgerows. Save the date and stay tuned to find out how to get involved! The Close the Gap hedgerow programme is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Close the Gap Programme

Close the Gap is a new programme focused on achieving bigger, healthier, better-connected hedgerows through planting and ‘gapping up’, gathering and sharing knowledge to improve hedgerow management, improving supplies of future hedgerow trees through local seed nurseries and by engaging the public with our important hedgerow heritage.

The project partners include The Tree Council, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Moor Trees, University of Reading, Future Gardeners (Worshipful Company of Gardeners) and Hedgelink. This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

For more information on the Close the Gap programme and National Hedgerow Week, contact claire.mccaffery-clarke@treecouncil.org.uk.

Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Monthly Members’ Meeting: Communication in Bees @ Virtual Event
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Communication in Bees

by Margaret Murdin

This the Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham branch’s monthly meeting and, as COVID-19 restrictions persist, will beheld online via Zoom.

This month’s talk will be on Communication in Bees, delivered by Margaret Murdin.

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

Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Members’ Summer Meet @ Branch Apiary
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm

Summer Social 

The Annual Summer BarBee Q has been cancelled. However several members have expressed interest in a Social gathering and it has been decided that on Thursday 22nd July that we will hold a Social evening in the apiary starting at 18.00.

No food or drink will be provided and the suggestion is that those attending could bring some food and/or drink both for themselves and to share with others to make the evening go well.

No bees will be opened and with the new apiary layout there is plenty of space well away from the hives.

This year has been very short on social gatherings and with the removal of restrictions there will be no restrictions on numbers or any of the other requirements that we have become used to.

Shipston Beekeepers Summer BBQ @ Cherington Arms
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our first actual face-to-face meeting in over a year so we have arranged a BBQ for Shipston members at our normal 2nd Monday meeting place, the Cherrington Arms in Cherrington.

Solihull and District Annual Honey Show 2021
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Solihull and District Branch of Warwickshire Beekeepers Association is holding their Annual Honey Show and the Dorridge Methodist Church Hall.

For further details please click on the link below to download the Honey Show Schedule:

Solihull and District Beekeepers – Honey show schedule – 2021

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.

The Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae – a talk by Mike Edwards
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees

by Courtney MacInnis

Registration for this event will open in July

The Ivy Bee

Mike Edwards will talk about the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae

Further information to follow….

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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