Herefordshire Beekeepers Association


Honey Harvest Days

Saturdays August 12th and 19th. Three sessions on each day: 09.30 to 11.30 am
13.30 to 15.30 pm, 18.00 to 20.00 pm. Maximum 6 people per session. Cradley, WR13 5JN .

Phone Bob or Kath Cross 01886 880554 to book a place.

MSWCC – The Bee Conference – Booking Now

You can now book place at the 2017 conference at:

Accommodation can be provided at reasonable cost.

If you book for the day the cost of the meal (be it Friday evening, Saturday lunch or Sunday lunch) is included.  It is up to you whether you eat it!

The Gala Dinner (if you are not a full residential participant) has to be booked separately

To whet your appetite, the outline programme is:

Friday 15th September

15:00 onwards Reception and registration and start honey show staging
16:30 – 17:30 Lecture 1: Bee Husbandry ……………. [Exact title to follow] Anne Rowberry
17:40 – 18:40 Lecture 2: Virus Work ….. [Exact title to follow] Stephen Martin
19:00 – 20:15 Dinner
20:30 – 21:30 Q&A Session:. “There is no such thing as a stupid question” Colin Pavey


Saturday 16th September

08:00 – 09:00 Day visitor reception and registration
09:15 – 10:15 Lecture 3: Pheromones. “The chemical ecology of honey bees and how it is exploited by varroa” Stephen Martin
10:15 – 11:00 ·      Coffee / tea and Start Honey Show judging
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 4: Pollen and Nutrition. ……………. [Exact title to follow] Bob Smith
12:10 – 13:10 Lecture 5: Swarm Control.  ……… “Reactive Swarm Control” Wally Shaw
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
14:30 – 17:50 Three workshop sessions selected from the following
·      W1. Exams. ………. “Introduction to new BBKA exams”

·      W2. Disease Management. …….  [Exact title to follow]

·      W3. Apiary Hygiene. .  “How clean is your kit?”

·      W4. Colony environment.  …………… “DIY hive monitoring”

·      W5. Swarm control.  “Practical swarm control”

·      W6. Pollen reference slides…….. [Exact title to follow]

·      W7. Preparing for winter……….. [Exact title to follow]

Marin Anastassov


Colin Pavey


Liz Gardener

Nick Lambert


Wally Shaw


Bob Smith


Margaret Murdin

19:00 – 20:30 Gala Dinner
20:30 – 21:30 After-dinner lecture:

………… “Stray thoughts from an aspiring bee master”


Dave Maslen


Sunday 17th September

08:00 – 08:45 Residents hand back room keys and Day visitor reception and registration
08:30 – 09:00 Inter-denominational service
09:30 – 10:30 Lecture 6: Selection and Breeding. . [Exact title to follow] Jo Widdicombe
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee / tea
11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 7: Forensic pollen [Exact title to follow] Dr Michael Keith-Lucas
12:10 – 13:10 Lecture 8: Neonicotinoids…………….. [Exact title to follow] Margaret Murdin
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Honey Show results

Present Honey Cup

Draw raffle

Information on 2018 Conference

15:30 Depart


I hope to welcome you there

Best wishes

M J D Forster

Chairman M&SWCC planning committee fo the 2017 Conference

M: 07866 977359

HBKA Newsletter for May 2017

It’s late arriving I know (see front page for reason) but hopefully still in time to remind you about Bob’s Bee Day, not to mention the other forthcoming events listed on the cover and inside. You’ll also find LAN reports plus a great article on plants for honey bees by Roger Gill.

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HBKA Newsletter for April 2017

A report on the BBKA’s Annual Delegates’ Meeting, articles on the Imirie Shim (sounds like something out of Harry Potter!) and early forage plants for bees – plus LAN reports, Bob’s Beelines and a few other odds and ends – not to mention more appeals for new Committee members and officers….

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I have a Swarm of Bees!

Many Beekeepers offer a voluntary collection service for swarms of bees.  For details of these Beekeepers please click here…

Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.  See below for more information about bumble bees.

About Swarms:

picture of a swarm of Honey Bees

A ‘typical’ swam of Honey Bees

Swarming is a natural process by which bees colonies reproduce. Normally when bees swarm they do not sting, so if undisturbed they are not an immediate threat. Don’t panic! Usually they will find themselves a suitable home and disappear after a few hours.

However, their idea of a ‘suitable home’ might not be yours. They have been known to occupy chimneys, wall cavities, bird boxes and house roofs. It is better to ask a beekeeper to collect them. This ensures that they will be given a good home and not destroyed. This service is normally provided free, but a contribution towards travelling expenses, or perhaps a donation to charity might be requested.

Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.

If you are worried about bees in the roof or in a bird-box please watch this video before phoning. These are tree bumble bee drones. THEY DO NOT STING. The nest will die out at the end of the summer when you can block up the hole or move the bird box. We cannot help with these bees but you can find out more at

Other sources of information:

Concerned about Bumblebees? Visit to find out more.

BBKA Swarm Help Page


HBKA Newsletter for March 2017

The odd LAN report (new season gradually getting started!), articles on making your own hive and early forage plants plus appeals for new committee members, Secretary and Treasurer (why not give some time to helping to run your Association?)…

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