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Cardiff, Vale & Valleys Beekeepers Association

Bee Craft Live next Wednesday at 8pm is about plants and bees. So, as a bit of prep, what's this plant? ... See MoreSee Less

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Cardiff, Vale & Valleys Beekeepers Association

As of 2017, the small hive beetle (SHB, Aethina tumida) can be found on all continents except Antarctica, and in particular it was discovered in Italy in 2014. Various traps and other methods can be used to control the beetle, but the problem of discovering and identifying the first few beetles in a new area remains a major problem. In a new article published in Bee World, Bram Cornelissen of Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, and Peter Neumann of the University of Bern, Switzerland, give hints and tips on how to find small hive beetles.

The authors conclude that no screening method is beetle-proof. Studies have shown that visual screening combined with in hive traps can be used effectively for SHB diagnosis of honey bee colonies, but it is important to remember that the untrained eye will be less likely to identify SHBs and also may lack the skills to anticipate its behaviour. They recommend gaining experience with SHB field diagnostics.

The article: “How to catch a small beetle: Top tips for visually screening honey bee colonies for small hive beetles” can be found here (Open Access): https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0005772X.2018.1465374

Nearly four years ago, the small hive beetle permanently arrived in Europe with its discovery in Italy. Issue 91(4) of Bee World featured several articles on its arrival: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tbee20/91/4?nav=tocList

Issue 47(3) of the Journal of Apicultural Research was a Special Issue on the small hive beetle and included a number of significant papers:
https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjar20/47/3?nav=tocList

IBRA’s new book "The small hive beetle - a growing problem in the 21st century" is available from the IBRA Bookshop for £24.95 + postage:
http://ibrabee.org.uk/component/k2/…

You can join IBRA here to gain access to the entire back catalogue of Bee World to Issue 1 in 1919 and the entire back catalogue of the Journal of Apicultural Research to Issue 1 in 1962: http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/2013-05-01-02-30-7/2014-12-12-12-06-01

IBRA is a Registered Charity No 209222. You can make a donation to help our work here: http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/ibra-donations
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Cardiff, Vale & Valleys Beekeepers Association

Not bee related but some valuable advice which affects our honey beesPlease spread the word! 😎✈🌎🏖⛴🌴 ... See MoreSee Less

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Cardiff, Vale & Valleys Beekeepers Association

So many swarm calls have actually been these bumblebees.You may start to see clouds of #bees 'swarming' at this time of year. This is actually 'nest surveillance', the normal mating behaviour of Tree #bumblebees (Bombus hypnorum). It’s the frisky males waiting around to mate with newly emerging queens! Don't panic, although it may look threatening, the males cannot sting you as they do not have a stinger. Read more about Tree bumblebees here: http://ow.ly/zdD430kRX1m Photo credit: Clive Hill #wildlife #nature #conservation ... See MoreSee Less

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National Bee Unit Wales - Bee Health Events 2018

The NBU team will be getting out and about to local association venues this year and offering tailored support sessions to local beekeepers. The 2018 Bee Health events in Wales will be ‘drop in’ workshops, allowing attendees to come and go at a time of their choosing, and to focus on the issues of greatest concern to them.

The workshops will provide an opportunity for beekeepers to meet some of the NBU team in Wales, to get an understanding of the purpose and value of the Inspectorate’s work and, most importantly, to develop their knowledge and diagnosis of the key pest and disease threats to their bees.

We will be bringing our ever popular diseased combs, displayed under special licence, to give attendees first hand and, we hope only, experience of brood disease. We will also be providing stalls of information covering a wider range of pests and diseases and relevant good beekeeping practice, from varroa control to biosecurity and exotic pests.

Welsh Government and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, of which the NBU is a part, are keen that the events are made available to all beekeepers. As in previous years, associations are hosting our workshops but attendance is not restricted to association members – all beekeepers are welcome to come along. Full protective sanitary wear will be provided and we will require attendees to comply with the biosecurity measures we will have in place.

The events will run from 2pm until 4pm at the following venues:

Saturday 16th June - Bridgend BKA, Coytrahen Community Centre, CF32 9DW

Saturday 30th June - South Clwyd BKA, St Collen’s Community Hall, Llangollen, LL20 8NU

Sunday 8th July - Gwent BKA, Goytre Hall, NP4 0AW

Friday 13th July - WBKA, Aberystwyth University, SY23 3FL

Sunday 15th July (10am – 12pm) - WBKA, Aberystwyth University, SY23 3FL
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Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol Cymru - Digwyddiadau Iechyd Gwenyn 2018

Bydd tîm yr Uned yn ymweld â lleoliadau cymdeithasau lleol eleni ac yn cynnig sesiynau cymorth wedi'u teilwra i wenynwyr lleol. Bydd y digwyddiadau Iechyd Gwenyn 2018 yn cynnwys gweithdai ‘galw heibio’, gan alluogi pobl i fynd a dod fel y mynnant a chanolbwyntio ar y materion sydd o'r pryder mwyaf iddynt.

Bydd y gweithdai yn gyfle i wenynwyr gwrdd â rhai o dîm yr Uned yng Nghymru, i gael dealltwriaeth o ddiben a gwerth gwaith yr Arolygiaeth ac, yn bwysicaf oll, i ddatblygu eu gwybodaeth a'u diagnosis o'r bygythiadau allweddol i'w gwenyn o ran plâu a chlefydau.

Byddwn yn dod â'n crwybrau heintiedig poblogaidd, o dan drwydded arbennig gyda ni, er mwyn rhoi profiad ymarferol, a'r unig brofiad gobeithio, i'r sawl sy'n bresennol, o glefyd y gwenyn. Byddwn hefyd yn darparu stondinau gwybodaeth a fydd yn ymdrin ag ystod o blâu a chlefydau ac arfer da a pherthnasol o ran cadw gwenyn, o reoli varroa i fioddiogelwch a phlâu egsotig.

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru a'r Asiantaeth Iechyd Anifeiliaid a Phlanhigion, y mae'r Uned yn rhan ohoni, yn awyddus i sicrhau fod y digwyddiadau ar gael i bob gwenynwr. Fel yn y blynyddoedd blaenorol, mae cymdeithasau yn cynnal gweithdai ond nid ydynt wedi'u cyfyngu i aelodau yn unig – mae croeso i bob gwenynwyr alw heibio. Darperir dillad glanweithiol diogelwch a byddwn yn gofyn i'r sawl sy'n bresennol gydymffurfio â'r mesurau bioddiogelwch fydd gennym ar waith.

Cynhelir y digwyddiadau o 2pm tan 4pm yn y lleoliadau canlynol:

Dydd Sadwrn 16 Mehefin - Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, Canolfan Gymunedol Coytrahen CF32 9DW

Dydd Sadwrn 30 Mehefin - De Clwyd, Neuadd Gymunedol Sant Collen, Llangollen, LL20 8NU

Dydd Sul 8 Gorffennaf – Gwent, Neuadd Goytre, NP4 0AW

Dydd Gwener 13 Gorffennaf - Cymdeithas Gwenynwr Aberystwyth, Prifysgol Aberystwyth SY23 3FL

Dydd Sul 15 Gorffennaf (10am – 12pm) - Cymdeithas Gwenynwr Aberystwyth, Prifysgol Aberystwyth SY23 3FL
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