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Honeybee showing wings and abdomen sections - Our thanks to bridgette braley photography  for this image.Bridgend and District Beekeeping Association has a long history originally being created as the Glamorgan Beekeepers Association in 1880.

Three branches were formed within the association, which in 1974 assumed the boundaries of the counties of Mid, South and West Glamorgan. In 1984 the branches became independent bodies and the Glamorgan Beekeepers' Association, now unnecessary, was disbanded.

The latest title, Bridgend and District BKA, was adopted in year 2000 to meet the needs of new technologies and further the ambitions of the association to expand and improve.

To meet the needs of both bees and beekeepers an extensive training programme has been run in the class room each winter and in the apiary each summer. With the help of some grant money the Association apiary has been expanded and improved. These initiatives have attracted a steady flow of new beekeepers and the association has grown year on year to its current level of 160 members.

It is interesting to find that the original objectives of the Glamorgan Beekeeper’s Association back in 1880 was :- To development co-operation amongst beekeepers and interchange of ideas and experience, to improve standards of beekeeping by circulating information and organising meetings and lectures, to encourage research for the advancement of all aspects of beekeeping, and to promote schemes to improve the marketing of honey and other products of the bee. Nothing has changed!

During 2014 it was decided to change the status of the Association from an unregistered charity to that of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (C.I.O.) and at the A.G.M. on 9th February 2015 this was effected by the dissolution of the existing body and formation of Bridgend and District Beekeepers Association, Charity Registration Number 1159663 with the transfer of all assets to the new C.I.O.. The 1st AGM of the new C.I.O. was held immediately thereafter and the Board of Trustees appointed.

Bridgend and District Beekeepers Association

Over the course of a year we offer something for everyone
People want to become beekeepers, for all sorts of reasons. For them we offer evening classes through the autumn and winter months and practical courses in the spring. You learn all you need to know to start beekeeping.

Our 2017 Beginners Course starts on 30th January, click on "Join Us" to register

In spring, we offer a practical course to explain how to raise queen bees and raise new colonies for beekeepers who have had bees for a year or more.

Our ‘Have a Go’ day if for anyone who might be thinking about keeping bees, or who is just plain curious. You’ll be able to see bees at work in a real hive. Don’t worry – we provide bee suits.

We attend different events in the area so we can explain to you how important bees are to everyone. We offer advice on how to be kind to bees and make gardens and farmland attractive to bees.  And at schools, we show schoolchildren the wonders of bees.

We offer a number of specialist one-day courses, depending on demand. Recently, we have had one on recognising and dealing with the main diseases that can affect bees; on food hygiene, leading to a qualification you will need if you want to sell your honey.

Experts are invited come and tell us about their particular interests, like how honey might be used against some difficult infections; and the current disease risk explained by our Regional Bee Inspector from the National Bee Unit.

Beekeepers love talking about their bees and beekeeping, swapping experiences and learning from experts in the Association. This happens whenever two beekeepers meet, but we have a number of informal evenings where we can chat over a beer or a glass of wine.Himalayan Balsam PollenOur Annual Honey Night is all about celebration. By then the bees should be tucked away in their hives for winter. So we celebrate with a night of competitions - best honey, best honey cake, best mead and so on. The honey tasting is a revelation of all the different subtleties of taste that we find across the area. This is all topped off by an immense raffle, with prizes from the sublime to the ridiculous.Throughout the year and all across Wales and England there are events about bees, honey and related products. For example at Builth Wells, there is the annual Welsh Beekeepers Convention - a day to buy equipment and hive parts from major suppliers and learn from experts in the lectures that run all day. Also at Builth, the Smallholders Show and the Royal Welsh Show both have sections on honey. So, join your local Beekeepers Association. Learn how to keep bees properly, identify and deal with diseases that affect bees, and have some fun on the way.

“I started keeping bees last year. I lost half my bees in a swarm, the queen became a drone layer and I had no honey. Without the help and experience of Bridgend Beekeepers, I would have panicked and lost everything. And now I’m looking forward to my first honey crop.”

“Your winter classes gave me a good understanding how to keep bees. But taking the top off a hive full of bees was quite scary. Our tutors understood bees, showed us how to be safe and so we soon got the hang of things.”
RaffleHimalayan Balsam Pollen

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