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  1. Friday 27 November 2020 The Winner of the 2020 BBKA Photo Competition has been announced as Paul Davison of Newcastle for his wonderful picture of a wasp feeding. Entrants were asked to provide any photo of a hornet (European or Asian) or of a wasp or any device invented to trap them alive.  Mr Davison will get a £100 Thorne's voucher to spend on bee equipment.  The runner-up was James Mellor, from St Leonards-on-Sea, who captured a sharp shot of a native European Hornet in the grass.  Congratulations to them both!  -ends-
  2. The BBKA Spring Convention Committee would like to find out opinions about the 2021 Spring Convention. Please help us plan a great event by taking part in this short anonymous questionnaire. BBKA Spring Convention Survey
  3. The BBKA Spring Convention Committee would like to find out opinions about the 2021 Spring Convention. Please help us plan a great event by taking part in this short anonymous questionnaire. BBKA Spring Convention Survey
  4. Wednesday 25 November 2020 The 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers which was due to take place in Slovenia has been cancelled. In the current pandemic, the organisers decided that they could not guarantee the wellbeing of the participants so the meeting cannot go ahead.  The objectives of IMYB are for young beekeepers to meet new friends from around the world, exchange their experiences and explore new cultures. The Slovenian team said "We hope you understand the decision. Hoping the situation gets better, we plan to meet you all in 2022 in Russia and then back again in Slovenia in 2023!"  The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) sends a team to the IMYB and will be informing next year's participants about the cancellation.  -ends-
  5. Thank you for your exam or assessment payment You should receive a receipt by email when your form has been checked.
  6. Many of you have asked for videos of the lectures you would have seen at the Spring Convention. BBKA is grateful to both the C.B.Dennis Trust and the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers for generous sponsorship of all three recordings below.  These have been provided by Professor Tom Seeley, of Cornell University, who was to have been a speaker at the Convention. We hope you enjoy them!    Lecture 1: Bee Hunting. This presentation will show you a fun way to locate wild colonies of honey bees, using the tools and techniques of a bee hunter. It is a kind of treasure hunt, though these days the treasure is the discovery, not the honey in the bee tree. Sometimes, though, it will lead you to a beekeeper's hive, but that is fun, too! YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcA3kKY5pK8 Lecture 2: The Lives of Bees. This presentation will give you an overview of what is known about how honey bee colonies live in the wild, that is, when they are not livin...
  7. Waxing Lyrical, Joyce Nisbet,  BBKA, 14th December 2020 7.30pm Joyce will describe some of the techniques that can be used to produce candles and other attractive beeswax items, whether for showing or as gifts.   Having started beekeeping in 1990, Joyce is now a Master Beekeeper, BBKA Honey Judge, BBKA Trustee and Chair of the BBKA Spring Convention Committee.  After being impressed by high-quality wax exhibits in Honey Shows, Joyce improved her wax preparation skills by attending lectures and workshops on the topic.  This then led to her being involved in creating wax items for displays by North Shropshire Beekeepers at the National Honey Show.  {Please note in order to attend you will need to register via the Zoom registration link you will receive in your email once you have 'checked out' at the shop} These talks are free but we would welcome a donation to one of our appeals Save the Bees or Apiary and Education Please add a ticket below an...
  8. Eric Darrouzet from the University of Tours has just released a great YouTube video showing the level of hornet activity seen in France outside of honey bee colonies both in a managed colony and a wild/feral colony in a wall and the consequences on honeybee activity. YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWhXLlcLBzY
  9. BRAINTREE DIVISION HONEY SHOW 2020 – YES, IT DID GO AHEAD! Braintree Division held their Annual Divisional Honey Show as normally as possible under the current Covid restrictions. The show was well supported with 25 members making a total of 87 entries. A risk assessment was undertaken and measures were put in place to keep everyone safe. A gazebo was erected at the entrance of White Notley Village Hall and everyone brought their exhibits packed up in boxes and left them on the table. The Show Secretary and two stewards afixed the show labels and took the entries into the hall. Masks were worn, hand sanitisers were provided and we adhered to the White Notley Village Hall Covid guidelines at all times. Participants were able to purchase Thornes beekeeping equipment from our sales table and as all beekeeping trade fairs were cancelled this year it was a great success. In fact you could say that we held a mini National Honey Show in White Notley Village! Our Show Judge was J...
  10. Examination Board statement about March 2021 Exams The global outbreak of COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the March and November 2020 module exams as social distancing rules made the exams untenable. As we move into winter and another national lockdown, it seems likely that the coming months will offer little to change the situation. Many institutions, such as universities, have been examining candidates using online invigilation systems. The Examination Board has been looking into this possibility and has been trialling suitable software. We believe we will be able to hold the spring module exams on the weekend of 24th and 25th April 2021 using online invigilation, so people can take module exams online in their own homes. Unfortunately, we will not be offering the module exams as written papers this spring due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The final application date for Module exams will be 31st January 2021 and candidates will be able to sit a maximum of two modules.&...
  11. BBKA President Margaret Wilson writes a monthly letter to members. Margaret started writing Positive Thinking as she felt members needed to hear positive things about the BBKA.  These are listed below available to download and read.  November 2020 - 
  12. Viruses – What are they and what impact do they have on bees and human life? Discusses how viruses were first discovered in plants (Tobacco Mosaic virus) long before they could be visualised.  Early days of discovering infective organisms and using microscopes.  Mentions  Robert Hooke, Van Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur.  How viruses such as smallpox, polio, yellow fever, foot and mouth, flu and now Corona SARS 2 have impacted the history of the world.  Are viruses really alive and how do they get into cells?  The impact of viruses on honey bees, including DWV and CBPV.  Is there any treatment for viruses and if not why not? The last of Pam’s talk was fully subscribed so please book early to reserve your place.   Attendance is free but you do need to pre-register below to receive the Zoom link: Webinar Speaker Pam Hunter (Master Beekeeper ) Pam has been keeping bees for over 25 years and is...
  13. Zoom Webinar by Pam hunter talk: Oil Seed rape – a blessing or a curse? Discusses the fascinating history of this ubiquitous crop and how it has evolved.  Its value to bees and the beekeeper.  The value of rape seed oil worldwide, its nutritional value and how modifications have been made are all included.  How to manage colonies to get the best out of rape.  The problems with it, especially for the beginner.  The undoubted benefits if the colony is managed well. {Please note in order to attend you will need to register via the Zoom registration link you will receive in your email once you have 'checked out' at the shop} Webinar Speaker Pam Hunter (Master Beekeeper ) Pam has been keeping bees for over 25 years and is a Master Beekeepers. She is also a member of BIBBA and the Central Association of Bee-Keepers. Pam's background is in biological sciences. She was employed in microbiological research in the pharmaceutical...
  14. Tuesday 3 November  The Healthy Bee Plan, which is published today, sets out to achieve five outcomes in the next ten years.  To bring about low levels of pests and diseases  To promote good standards of husbandry To encourage effective biosecurity To ensure sound science supports bee health policy and its implementation To work together to protect bee health Welcoming the new plan, Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said: "I am delighted that today we are publishing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which is Defra’s and Welsh Government’s joint framework for continued action to improve honey bee health in England and Wales over the next ten years. Protecting our honey bees is vital because of the benefits they bring through pollination of flowers and crops, honey production and our well-being. Bee health stakeholders have had a key role in developing this new Healthy Bees Plan and we look forward to continuing to work to...
  15. In response to member queries about making and selling wax wraps and lip balms we have collated some useful information Additional insurance will be needed for manufacturing and selling of cosmetic products and wax wraps. We recommend you do your own research on the insurances available for these products and ensure that you comply with all legal requirements.  Trading standards may also have information on the legal aspects too. BBKA News articles are available to members on the BBKA News Archive site Articles by By Dr Sara J Robb,  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Beeswax Lip Balm September 2019 BBKA News  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Emulsions January 2020 BBKA News  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Body Butter Bars October 2019 BBKA News  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Beeswax and Honey Soap December 2019 BBKA News  Articles by Andy Bullen, Health and Safety Manager and Safety Assessor, ADSL Ltd Selling Hive Product Cosmetics...
  16. How to plan training during Covid-19 Following several members contacting us, we have put together some advice for local branches planning to hold practicals during Covid-19. We would like to hear from Branch Associations and Members that have already started to do training exercises during the current pandemic on what practical guidance they have put in place and if they would like to add or give feedback on our new web page. Very little beekeeping training has gone on during Covid-19 due to the difficulties of social distancing and local lockdowns. We are collating a list of advice that associations can offer each other during the coming year. If you have tried a particular practical approach and have found that it’s worked please let us know and we will add this to this page, either as a case study or just a short description. Some associations have managed to keep their stores open to members using social distancing - this includes Chesterfield beekeepers https://www.fac...
  17. Nicky Campbell – Exam Secretary  I am delighted to be taking up the post of Examination’s Secretary for BBKA. I have been a beekeeper for five years and keep between three and five colonies in suburban Sheffield. I am a member of Sheffield BKA where I have served on the committee as Chair and Event Secretary. I have taken three of the module exams and I loved the experience and would recommend them. I am really looking forward to being involved in the process of providing these amazing learning experiences to beekeepers. Previously I have worked as an Office Manager and administrator for a software company and hope my experience will be valuable in my new role. As well as beekeeping I am a keen cook and long distance runner, two things that often go hand in hand. The prize for honey cake at my local honey show continues to elude me though. I am looking forward to talking to many of you over the coming years. Especially if you have top tips for honey cake!. Nicky Ca...
  18. The National honey show 2020 is a virtual exhibition this year. Visit the National Honey Show site to find out more YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHbDgKpWEuU YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nC_CJfoOMM
  19. Please be aware of the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.  The updated information now include separate links to the Public Health Guidance. Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v3 COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v3   If you have any queries please contact: For England: BeeHealth.Info@defra.gov.uk  For Wales: HoneyBeeHealth@gov.wales / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymru For Scotland: Bees_Mailbox@gov.scot From the advice If you are self-isolating... If you are responsible for looking after bees, you should make alternative arrangements for their essential care if you, your family or your staff become ill or are unable to look after their welfare. If this is not possible, we would advise that you only attend to the basic needs and welfare of your bees where you can ensure you do not have contact with other people and you are able to follow all government advice on actions to minimise the risk of sp...
  20. John Woods wrote to the BBKA to share some information about entrance 'muzzles' that he uses to help the bees against Asian hornets. He has collated information about 'muzzles' to help protect bees from Asian hornets. He suggests not using a small mesh, but the 'lyre' type he's created seem to work best. He has collated this information with help from other local beekeepers I live in central France and had bees occupy an old bird winter roosting box on the end of the garage, they were there for seven years minding their own business. One year Asian Hornets arrived and I didn't notice as they were a 'wild' hive so I left them alone.  By the time I noticed three hornets were regularly there, they pinned the bees down and being a small colony (35L box, what were they thinking ?) they couldn't stand the pressure and died out.  Larger colonies can take more punishment but with all their other problems this is one they can do without.  I spent a year without bees and now hav...
  21. BBKA is listing these talks as being available for beekeepers in the UK. We do not necessarily endorse the content.  To add your event to this page, please contact us at julie.horbury@bbka.org.uk  confirming the date, time, and details for sign up.
  22. Friday 25 Sept 2020  The 2020 BBKA Honey Survey is ready for your answers. Just click the link: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160092551774 It's a quick survey to do that gives us an idea of the areas that favoured our honeybees in the past season. You can give your answer for the quantity of honey you have harvested in lbs or kgs.  We also get an idea of how many of you are expanding your apiaries and trying to take small colonies through the winter.  -ends- 
  23. Monday 24 Sept 2020 BBKA Chair, Anne Rowberry, says thanks for a successful Asian Hornet Week in which we have seen the first Asian Hornet nest of 2020 located and destroyed:  "As we come to the end of a very successful BBKA Asian Hornet Week I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing all the resources that have been available on the BBKA website and our social media channels.  "I would like to thank our Patron, Jimmy Docherty, for supporting us and the NBU for sharing the launch of their new video and Rebecca Clarkson for liaising, sharing links with the NBU and helping to compile the programme.  "We are also grateful to the researchers who contributed their photos, videos and experience. Peter Kennedy for the information about his recent research trip to Jersey to test the small, new radio tags and Prof Xesus Feas for sharing his work from Spain. Xesus started out week with an excellent video and continued to share short clips and photos. Thank you to Katy and...
  24. Lead rain after the Notre Dame cathedral fire, and how honey bee colonies map this contamination By J. van der Steen PhD - AlveusAB Consultancy, The Netherlands - The international INSIGNIA group Honey bee colonies are well equipped as bio samplers of contaminants in the environment, and how beekeepers can cooperate optimally with scientists to map this contamination is currently being studied at the European Union level in the Insignia citizen science project. Regularly, new studies are published about how honey bees and hive products can be applied to detect environmental contaminants. This is a very promising development. Apiculture is a world-wide activity and with adequate tools and the help of apiculturist citizen science, a world-wide network can be built to search for contaminants. An interesting study was published recently in July 2020. Kate Smith and co-workers published the article Honey maps the Pb fallout from the 2019 fire at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris: a geochemic...
  25. Lead rain after the Notre Dame cathedral fire, and how honey bee colonies map this contamination By J. van der Steen PhD - AlveusAB Consultancy, The Netherlands - The international INSIGNIA group Honey bee colonies are well equipped as bio samplers of contaminants in the environment, and how beekeepers can cooperate optimally with scientists to map this contamination is currently being studied at the European Union level in the Insignia citizen science project. Regularly, new studies are published about how honey bees and hive products can be applied to detect environmental contaminants. This is a very promising development. Apiculture is a world-wide activity and with adequate tools and the help of apiculturist citizen science, a world-wide network can be built to search for contaminants. An interesting study was published recently in July 2020. Kate Smith and co-workers published the article Honey maps the Pb fallout from the 2019 fire at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris: a geochemic...
  26. BBKA's YouTube Channel is available here  There are videos about Asian hornets, a message from patron Jimmy Doherty, and a collection of other videos. There are a few short videos of practical beekeeping help listed below. This video set will be added to, so please subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Practical Beekeeping - How & why to move frames in a Super Practical Beekeeping - How to judge if uncapped honey is ready for extraction Practical Beekeeping - Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus Removing a feeder
  27. Monday 14 September 2020  The Gosport Asian Hornets were the first confirmed in 2020 and their nest has been located and destroyed. The hornets were first reported flying around a bunch of grapes in an area north of Gosport in Hampshire. Bee inspectors set up monitoring traps and tracked the hornets to an apple tree.  The nest has now been dealt with by the Animal and Plant Health Agency ( APHA) National Wildlife Management Centre.  Inspectors are monitoring for any other Asian Hornets.  -ends- 
  28. Monday 24 Sept 2020 BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says thanks for a successful Asian Hornet Week in which we have seen the first Asian Hornet nest of 2020 located and destroyed:  "As we come to the end of a very successful BBKA Asian Hornet Week I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing all the resources that have been made available on the BBKA website.  "I would like to thank our Patron, Jimmy Docherty, for supporting us and the NBU for sharing the launch of their new video and Rebecca Clarkson for liaising, sharing links with the NBU and helping to compile the programme. "We are also grateful to the researchers who contributed their photos, videos and experience. Peter Kennedy for the information about his recent research trip to Jersey to test the small new radio tags and Xesus Feas for sharing his work from Spain. Xesus started our week with an excellent video and continued to share short clips and photos. Thank you to Katy and Epping Forest for linking the BBKA site...
  29. Urban bees – can businesses help through green infrastructure? In this study we focus on honeybees and other pollinators in an urban landscape. The central point of the study are the Grey Street Gathering planters: two small flowerbeds that are seasonally installed in the very heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Apart from the social and economical benefits this novel green space brings, we aim to establish whether small sites like this can have an impact on urban pollinators. In order to do so, we monitored 14 urban flower beds of different sizes in Newcastle. In addition, we also monitored two rural sites for comparison. At each site, we identified the plants in flower, counted the numbers of floral units per plant species and observed which insects (and how many) were visiting the flowers. An overview of the sites is given in Table 1. In addition to the field work we also analysed honey samples from a selection of urban and rural hives and identified the pollen in this honey. &nb...
  30. An extract from the Blog article by Peter Davies Dealing with an incursion When a report comes in with a photograph that can be clearly identified as an Asian hornet, the NBU local contingency operation swings into action. Firstly, the local inspector will head to the location to try and collect a sample hornet to send to FERA science at Sand Hutton for a formal identification and possible genetic analysis. Secondly, a small team of 4- 6 inspectors and an incident commander assemble at the location to start the ground work to enable monitoring and tracking operations to commence.  This will involve door to door visits with information sheets to gain the public’s help and support as we may need access to gardens, private property and grounds as well as public spaces. The team need to familiarise themselves with the local area, terrain and locations of amenities services such as hospitals and access routes. A Forward Operating Base (FOB) location is identified by APH...
  31. 10 Sept 2020 The first Asian Hornet of 2020 has been confirmed in Gosport in Hampshire. Beekeepers and members of the public were today asked to remain vigilant. The National Bee Unit has confirmed the sighting of Asian Hornets on a bunch of grapes in an area near Gosport. Live tracking of the hornets is underway and they hope to find the nest soon. The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than our native wasps and hornets. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.  This is the first confirmed UK sighting since October 2019, when two related nests were detected and destroyed near Christchurch, Dorset. DNA tests on those nests and two others found in 2019 have shown that the queens all came from France.  Defra’s Chief Plant and Bee Health Officer Nicola Spence said: "By ensuring we are alerted to possible sightings as early as possible, we can take swift and effective action to stamp out the threat posed by...
  32. Honeybee Entrance Monitor System Cwyn Solvi – Queen Mary University of London   The main aim of this project was to develop an entrance monitoring system that can track individual honeybees entering and exiting their hive. We also wanted the system able to be used with a variety of insects, cost under £250 per unit, and be user friendly enough so that researchers at all levels can utilise the system. Below I describe how my collaborators and I have accomplished these goals. The System  Our design utilizes the Raspberry Pi microcomputer system, and consists of a single Raspberry Pi microcomputer, a Raspberry Pi camera, and an external hard drive to store the photos taken. These items together cost around £150. The additional cost of an encasement for weather protection, utilizing 3D printing, should cost no more than £25. My collaborator, Dr Tim Gernat (US/Germany) wrote the Linux-based software (adapted from his previous software for trafficking s...
  33. Resources for Asian hornet week Please share these on social media and your association websites. Hover over the image and right click, and choose file save as. Follow us on social media and share our posts during Asian hornet week to help reach more people.  Twitter Facebook Instagram This is a link to a PDF for an Asian Hornet banner we designed in the office and have used at the Asian hornet conference in 2020. This is shown below. You can use the pdf to have your own banner printed by downloading it to your computer and then uploading it to this website. Banners are in the region of £30/40 pounds - https://www.solopress.com/roller-banners/ (other websites are available!) PDF file of the latest banner Asian Hornet Watch for iPhone Asian Hornet Watch for android BBKA YouTube Channel will have videos during the week to share Including a message from BBKA Patron Jimmy Doherty YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNpX5...
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  35. Competition for best photo of a hornet JUDGING IS TAKING PLACE CURRENTLY!  Prize from Thorne Beekeeper Supplies - Voucher for £100 for winning entry Any form of hornet (European,  Asian or Wasps) and this includes their nests or any gadget you've created to help your bees deal with them. Photos should be of a good quality resolution. All entries may be used on the website, social media or the BBKA News with credit.  Enter by sending your photo in to Julie.Horbury@bbka.org.uk with the subject Photo Competition Deadline 30th September 2020.  Judged by a panel at the start of October. Winner to be announced on the website by middle of October.
  36. This was sent as an email to all Area Association and Branch Secretaries, for them to share this information with their members: At the ADM,  delegates passed a resolution to raise the awareness of the importance of trees for pollinators and support education of planners etc so more appropriate trees could be planted and maintained in the future. We have become aware of the DEFRA consultation on the England tree strategy. A BBKA response has been drafted and is attached for your information and assistance.  The consultation closes on the 12th of September. I am encouraging you as Associations or individuals to complete this consultation if you can, so Tree planting and management in the future has an input from those with a care for bees and pollinators in general. Kind regards Richard Bond BBKA Trustee BBKA's response
  37. Dr Nicholas Balfour and colleagues at Sussex University were recipients of funding from BBKA in 2018 for an unusual and interesting project on building an online data base of pollinator interactions.  This is intended to be open access when it becomes active (hopefully later in 2020) so that anyone can search it for any plant and any pollinator.  Lockdown has slowed up the completion of this work but the group have managed to prepare a paper for publication and there is a description of the work here. The Database of Pollinator Interactions (DoPI) The importance of flower-insect interactions in maintaining global biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and agricultural output is well established. However, significant concerns remain about pollinator and plant populations declines and shrinking distributions. For example, more than 40 British bee, wasp and butterfly species have become extinct in the last two centuries 1. While many potential causes have been identified, the...
  38. Making Experts: A Post-War Decline From the mid-1950s, the wartime boom in beekeeping went into decline. The number of candidates attempting the Intermediate and Senior examinations was few and the pass rates were low. The system of visiting experts was phased out and county council beekeeping services declined. Full-time posts were replaced by part-time posts and eventually these disappeared. Local associations picked up responsibility for running courses of instruction and, to some extent, the preparation for written examinations, but this was variable from one county to another. More experts were needed who could construct courses and teach.   Greater support for candidates In 1972 the Examinations Board issued a list of recommended reading for prospective candidates; it is hard to imagine there not being one previously. In 1975 the name was changed to the Examination and Education Board and this endured until 1988, but there was no noticeable improvement in the pass rate d...
  39. BBKA Experts: Dealing with Disease The Technical Education Act of 1889 enabled the BBKA and county associations to gain recognition and obtain grants from the newly formed education authorities for its educational work. This included the funding of visiting experts. A survey conducted in 1894 by the BBKA revealed that 34 out of 51 English, 2 out of 12 Welsh and 4 out of 33 Scottish counties were making grants to beekeeping associations.   Expert exam results, including foul brood, as published in the British Bee Journal. Note: The British Bee Journal is available here http://www.survivorlibrary.com/library-download/8-category/14-library-bee-journal-british  This is from the January 1893 edition.  The reader may presume that those days of beekeeping were free from disease, but this was not so. The following are extracts from the minutes and reports of the Bristol, Somersetshire and South Gloucestershire Association:   2 March 1893: ‘it was...
  40. BBKA History - Making of experts is an article in three parts by BBKA Past President David Charles. This covers the history of the examination and assessments of the BBKA. Article 1: The BBKA and the Making of Experts   By David Charles, BBKA Past President   The British Beekeepers’ Association was instituted in 1874. At this time beekeeping was generally part of the rural domestic economy for cottagers as was poultry, pigs and growing vegetables, rather than being the hobby that it is for most today.   Bees were generally kept in straw skeps or in boxes. Sons learnt from their fathers and were content to continue keeping bees in much the same way as had their forebears. Swarming was uncontrolled. Most still harvested honey by killing colonies over a pit of burning sulphur, which was not only cruel, but wasteful and inefficient. There was no public instruction, little knowledge of bee diseases and a general disregard of the value of bees as pollinators....
  41. Did you know the BBKA have a digital version of the BBKA News? It’s accessed via this link BBKANEWS.COM The username and password are shared in the paper copy of the magazine that you receive each month. These details are on the contents page at the bottom left.  You can read the current edition as well as previous copies of it going back to February 2001! You can search for articles, or just read through the current issue. This site is accessible on your mobile phone, table or computer!  These three screengrabs are from a mobile phone.  This screengrab shows the log in page for BBKA News. You get the password from inside the cover of the paper copy of the magazine underneath the contents. This shows how you read the magazine, by scrolling through the pages. This screengrab shows a search for Varroa which lists lots of results.  If you're reading it on a computer then you'll see this  (1) is to toggle the side bar. This all...
  42. If 2020 has taught us one thing - it's that life is precious and delicate. Bees pollinate billions of plants each year, including millions of agricultural crops. It is estimated bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat. Without them, many plants and crops we rely on would die off. We are hoping to raise £1000 through your kind donations to help The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) The BBKA educates and trains beekeepers of the future and supports vital research. They also work hard to raise the profile of beekeeping amongst young people through its school programme and junior certificates to ensure the next generation will be well equipped to do the important work we urgently need to continue. Thank you for your donation.
  43. Tuesday, 11th August 2020 The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is warning beekeepers to use veterinary medicines safely, effectively and legally. In practice this means you must follow the instructions in the package leaflet unless directed otherwise by your vet.  The VMD says it has received a number of specific enquires about the use of amitraz-based products for the treatment of varroosis in the UK. Varroa treatments  There are 2 authorised amitraz-based products in the UK - Apitraz and Apivar. The VMD wants to remind beekeepers that Neither of these should be used during a honey flow or when honey supers are on the hive.  You should only use UK-authorised veterinary medicinal products to treat varroosis in honeybees, unless an appropriate authorised medicine is not available and a veterinary surgeon has prescribed a different product under the prescribing cascade.  A list of all UK-authorised products is available on the VMD's product informa...
  44. The dates for the 2021 Spring Convention are 16-18 April.
  45. Keeping bees healthy and productive requires knowledge and skill. Beekeeping is made much easier by belonging to a local Beekeepers Association where you should be given advice, tuition and support  One of the key questions you might ask is: Should I keep bees?  Why join a local association?  You will get great advice, a mentor and access to training and a library of books about beekeeping. Associations will run courses at  certain times of the year which will show you the magical world of beekeeping. By taking part in an 'Introduction to Beekeeping' course, you will understand the level of responsibility required to become a good beekeeper. Most associations support the course with a visit to a local apiary, where you can handle bees, before you make any investment in equipment and your honey bees. And you will have mentors who will help as you start to keep bees for yourself.  Courses Throughout spring and summer, depending on weathe...
  46. Thursday 30th July 2020 The PoshBee project, which the BBKA is supporting, is developing a new tool that gives an overview of the health status of beehives, involving 8 countries: Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. By filling in these surveys you can help the team investigate incentives and barriers to using the new tool. Surveys are completely anonymous and take 10-15 minutes to complete. What are the benefits to beekeepers and growers? The tool will give a rapid insight into the health of the colony. Beekeepers will be assisted with early identification of beehive issues (pesticide exposure, diseases, malnutrition,etc.), while growers will be provided with information on adopting better farm management systems and more reliable honeybee pollination services. Your contribution is important! Beekeepers and growers are key to understanding motivations as well as barriers to the use of the new tool; your contribution will help us id...
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  48. Exam Board Statement "The global outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that we have had to limit socialising and gatherings to help prevent the spread of this disease. Inevitably, this has had a huge impact on the BBKA exam system, that relies on candidates, assessors and invigilators to meet in close proximity or travel some distance away from home.  "Following the feedback from many associations and individuals on the matter, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the BBKA assessments for the remaining part of 2020. These include Show Judge certificate in October as well as Module exams and Microscopy assessments in November.  "The main concern of the Exam Board is the safety of all candidates, assessors and invigilators. While some associations have indicated that they may be able to facilitate the Module exams, others have advised against it. We want to offer equal opportunities to all members who wish to take BBKA exams. With the current situation, however, we...
  49. Thank you for your application to join the BBKA as a direct member. Your application will be processed within the next 5 working days at which time you will be emailed an online application to complete. Should you have any enquiries in the meantime or if you do not receive the application form email within 5 working days please �contact members@bbka.org.uk