Urgent information on spraying. See attached programme.  Invasive Weed Control Programme 2017 REVB 31.08.17

Just learned today that National Resources Wales are to start spraying Himalayan Balsam up the Gwendraeth valley.

Here is the programme given to me by a beekeeper in Kidwelly.

I am dissapointed that NRW would spray while the Himalayan Balsam is in flower and bees could be foraging on a fine day and will let them know.

Latest Issue of Bee World from the IBRA

The new Issue of Bee World has been published online by the International Bee Research Association. This issue contains articles on a range of topics. These include an article on beekeeping with the Yemeni bee Apis mellifera jementica in Yemen, a history of almond pollination in California, an article on propolis production and marketing in India, a review of the basic concept of honey bee breeding programs, and a study on the length of life of Apis mellifera worker bees in Bulgaria.

All the articles can be found HERE. You can join IBRA HERE to gain access to all papers in this issue, and the entire back catalogue to Issue 1 in 1919. IBRA is a Registered Charity.

Beekeeping – 1960s Style

We’re always interested to see how beekeeping was done in the past – so that we can make a comparison with modern techniques. It’s also interesting for us in West Wales to look at beekeeping practices in Ireland and Scotland, where the climate can be very similar (especially with the levels of rainfall). So, THIS CLIP from the Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE) archives in Ireland is particularly interesting. It is from 1962 and features a Beekeeper (Jess Cobb) from Bridgetown in County Wexford (just across the water – approx 11 miles from Rosslare Harbour).

Latest Research Results on the use of Neo-Nicotinoid Sprays

Neonicotinoid seed dressings have caused concern world-wide. We use large field experiments to assess the effects of neonicotinoid-treated crops on three bee species across three countries (Hungary, Germany, and the United Kingdom). Winter-sown oilseed rape was grown commercially with either seed coatings containing neonicotinoids (clothianidin or thiamethoxam) or no seed treatment (control). For honey bees, we found both negative (Hungary and United Kingdom) and positive (Germany) effects during crop flowering. In Hungary, negative effects on honey bees (associated with clothianidin) persisted over winter and resulted in smaller colonies in the following spring (24% declines). In wild bees (Bombus terrestris and Osmia bicornis), reproduction was negatively correlated with neonicotinoid residues. These findings point to neonicotinoids causing a reduced capacity of bee species to establish new populations in the year following exposure.

For further information follow this link


Carmarthenshire Beekeepers Association – South Wales