Gwent Beekeepers Association, GBKA, is an active group with around 150 members, ranging from hobbyists to bee farmers, covering the area of Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and the former borough of Islwyn.
We offer a programme of monthly lectures over the winter months and monthly sessions at the association apiary during the summer, in addition to regular newsletters and social events.
Prospective beekeepers are welcome to attend 'Taster Sessions' at the association apiary prior to applying for our comprehensive Beginners Course, which comprises both theoretical and practical sessions.
The association also provides swarm collection, equipment hire, a beekeeping library, Nosema testing - apart from a friendly venue to meet other beekeepers, old and new alike.
Members enjoy membership of the British Beekeepers' Association BBKA, as well as Bee Disease Insurance BDI cover. GBKA is a member of the Midlands and South Western Counties Convention of Beekeepers, which organises an annual beekeeping conference. The association president is Nicola Bradbear of Bees for Development.
The association has trained beekeepers for the Forgotten Landscape Project centred on the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
Thursday 13th April
Top Bar Hives
Goytre Village Hall 7.30pm
Thursday 27th April
Nosema Testing &
Goytre Village Hall
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