Frequently Asked Questions
These cover beekeeping, the Montgomeryshire Beekeepers Association and using this web site.
The best way, in my opinion, to get involved with bees is through a Beekeeping Association. You can find out about bees, get to wear the suits and even handle some bees before you have to spend a penny - find out if beekeeping really is for you. Then if you decide it is, you will get support and help from all the other members. The more beekeepers the merrier!
If you live in Montgomeryshire, then get in touch with us and we'll help you get started! If you live elsewhere, then there is almost certainly a Beekeeping Association that can help you get started. Go to the British Beekeepers Association or the Welsh Beekeepers Association websites to find out which is your nearest association.
If you join us at Montybees you'll enjoy hive insurance, monthly meetings and the help of a personal mentor with your bees. We'll help you source second hand equipment and point you towards a colony of bees and/or swarms. It's not just the beekeeping, we have good social events as well! Get in touch with our secretary for details of how to join.
On the left side of every page there is a User Login area with an option called "Create New Account". Click on that and it will take you to the sign up form. Fill in the form taking care to complete the compulsory fields (marked with a red asterisk).
Note that signing up to the web site is not the same as becoming a member of MBKA. To become a member, contact the membership secretary.
It may take several days for the administrator to spot the new account and verify you are a genuine prospect, but we have had some problems with people trying to hack in to the site.
If you have any problems, send an e-mail to the web administrator.
If you don't have an account with montybees.org.uk, you need to create one. To do this. See "How do I create an account with Montybees?"
When you are logged into the website, select "Discussion" from the banner menu just below the MBKA logo. This takes you to the discussion forums. Select the "Equipment Exchange" forum. Create a new topic in the forum with a suitable title, eg "Old rusty smoker, free to good home". Write a short piece about what you have available and what, if anything, you want for it.
Only people who are signed in to Montybees can either post a reponse in the forum or send you an e-mail regarding your offer, and even then they cannot see your actual e-mail address as this is lept secret by the web site.
Now just wait for the e-mails to flood in...
There are two ways to respond to any item posted in a forum, depending on whether you want your reponse to be seen by anybody on the website, or just the person who wrote the posting. The rule of thumb here is "If you are about to write any personal or private information (location of home, apiary, financial details, compromising photographs etc), then contact the person privately".
To respond publicly, just select the Post Reply button. To send a private message, select the person's username (which will take you to their profile) and then select the contact tab above their details. Note that to do either of these things, you must be logged into montybees.org.uk, which enables the site administration to record who said what and, if needed, disable abusive accountholders.
Also note that because you can contact the person through a contact form, you will not be able to see their e-mail address unless they contact you back. This is to protect everbody's privacy.
There are no rules for posting to the MBKA forums, but the following is the way we would like to see the forum work -
- Be nice.
- Respect everyones opinion, even if it is completely opposite to yours.
- Debate acts and not actors / actresses.
- Comment in the way you would hope that others would comment on things you say.
- Express yourself freely - in this forum everyone is respected so just say what you think.
- Don't say anything about anyone you wouldn't like them to say about you.
- If you enjoy the right of freedom of speech, please respect the responsibility of researching and learning what you speak about, and understand you may have a limited understanding of a certain situation.
It really just comes down to having a forum that everybody can enjoy without anybody feeling insulted or victimised.