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  1. A honeybee colony swarming is a natural process. It's the colony reproducing by the old queen leaving with some of the bees. They leave their hive and find somewhere to hang in a cluster until the scout bees decide on their new home. If you think you've got a swarm please use our Swarm Collector map to find a local beekeeper to come and remove the honeybees. The photos below have been shared by our members to show you some of the beautiful examples of swarms that you might see. Sometimes the swarm really stands out!  And sometimes not!  This swarm (photos by Joe Smith from Darlington) was almost hidden Swarms have less to land on in towns! This is not a normal bin collection! Here's a swarm on a bin being collected!  Sometimes they land on a wall Or a gate post Or on a bridge Sometimes they're huge! This photo from a member of NSBKA was he biggest swarm (and the easiest to collect) that the experienced beekeeper called o...
  2. Questions for beekeepers This page will have new questions added regularly. The questions are for beekeepers and will help provide feedback on topics and issues for those involved in beekeeping. Bookmark the page and return every month!  May 2020 - Wax moth question - Useful links  NBU Wax moth page which includes links to  Further information about the biology and identification features of all stages of wax moth can be found on the COLOSS website. Wax moth leaflet- Pdf. http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=207
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  4. There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one european honey bee (Apis mellifera).  Please see below to identify what type of bee you have and who to approach for help and information.  Our members are volunteers who can only help with honey bees.  If you feel you need to have the bees destroyed please contact a local pest controller.  Bees are endangered but they are not protected. Our beekeepers are only able to help in cases of SWARMS OF HONEY BEES. See our page of photos of honeybee swarms To support the work of the BBKA please DONATE STEP 1: Identifying honey bees If the insects are not honey bees, this part of the website shows you how to recognise other insects  and  gives some advice on what to do. Bumblebees Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the...
  5. I am a BBKA member who specialises in urban beekeeping and work to raise awareness of the importance of bees to our ecosystem and to help create more bee friendly areas.
  6. If you've got some honey at home, why not try a recipe with honey in. Share your photos of your honey cooking with us on social media!  Pineapple and honey upside-down-cake An easy and tasty way of making the most of a large tin of pineapple found at the back of a cupboard, some imperfect honey and only 4oz of precious SR flour!  Makes 8. Two didn’t survive for photography! Ingredients: 6-8 rings of pineapple 3-8 glacé cherries (whole or halved) 6-8 dessert spoons of liquid honey 6-8 small round flan / yorkshire pudding tins, or a single swiss roll tin. A cake mix Put a dessert spoonful of honey in each tin, then a ring of pineapple and a cherry or half cherry in the centre.  If using a large baking tray, space out pineapple rings appropriately.  Top with preferred cake mix.  This was a Victoria sandwich mix (4 oz margarine, creamed with 4 oz sugar, two beaten eggs whisked in gradually and 4 oz SR flour folded in) but fatless swiss roll...
  7. Friday 17 April 2020 Dr Alasdair Bruce is acting Chair of East Devon Beekeepers Association ( EDBKA ). He says just before the lockdown for corona virus he needed hospital treatment. "Just before the world entered into global disarray, I had to undergo some minor treatment at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, where I received the most amazingly excellent care. So, it occurred to me that with the added pressures and stress the staff there are now under, a small gesture from a grateful member of the beekeeping world may be of use." This then blossomed into a bigger idea of the branch to offer a larger amount of honey for the staff to enjoy. "So, with the backing of the EDBKA committee to raid the apiary supplies, I asked the hospital if a donation of honey for the staff would be useful.....back came a resounding YES!"  Dr Bruce and his wife ordered special labels and spent Easter Monday morning jarring up and labelling over 130 jars of honey for the staff.  ...
  8. The Role of BBKA Associations and Beekeepers concerning Asian Hornets The BBKA are asking every Association to select teams of 15 members to work with a co-ordinator to help identify the hornets. This team will assist with local requests for help in identifying Asian Hornets. It is vital that all Beekeepers can identify Asian Hornets. Each branch or group can establish their own team so that individuals will not be asked to travel vast distances. They should establish a good communication network between each other, so that the nearest team member can answer a call about a potential siting and call for back up if necessary. To qualify for insurance you must undertake this exercise  Asian Hornet Team Exercise What Does the Team do? Form a communication network of people confident in identifying what could be an Asian Hornet. Know how to report a suspected hornet Distribute identifying literature  and inform individuals, businesses, markets gardeners etc in...
  9. "The telling of the bees is a traditional European custom in which bees would be told of important events in their keeper's lives, such as births, marriages, or departures and returns in the household." Here we remember our fellow Beekeepers. Bill & Mary Dartnall, Southampton & District Beekeepers Association  Sadly Mary and Bill Dartnall passed away, beside each other, on Easter Sunday, 12th April, 2020 in Southampton General Hospital. They had both tested positive coronavirus.  Mary was a Past President of BBKA from 1996 – 97 and an Honorary Member of the BBKA. During her presidency she campaigned for farmers to limit spraying of chemicals to protect bees. Both Mary and Bill were Joint Presidents of Southampton & District Beekeeping Association, a role they thoroughly enjoyed. They had been married for 63 years and their daughter, Rosemary, said "They came as a pair - they were a team. Life wasn't always a...
  10. 30 March 2020  BBKA Winter Colony Survival Survey 2019/20 The annual survey by the BBKA has been running year-on-year since 2007. It aims to determine its members' honey bee colony survival and to understand the causes of success and failures in overwinter colony survival. The survey time period is from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.   So, as you complete your first inspections of your colonies, please fill it in.   The survey has finished, we will share the results later in the year. -ends-
  11. National Bee Unit Beebase advice  about COVID-19 and Beekeeping It is suggested you print out and carry a copy when going to tend your bees at your BeeBase registered apiaries. Updated version with Logos 200403_COVID19_guidance.pdf As well as social distancing and apiary hygiene advice please note the following paragraph If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should be self-isolating at home and should not be visiting other premises. Ideally, another beekeeper should take on this duty wherever possible. We are suggesting that local associations consider how they can support those confined or unable to attend their bees at this difficult time for all of us. If you are not registered with Beebase, or have apiaries that are not registered then please visit http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/ 24 March 2020 BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says: "Bees are livestock and should be tended. "You may visit your bees fo...
  12. 24 March 2020 BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says: "The swarm collection service will still be in operation during the pandemic. Swarm collection can go ahead but you must take into account social distancing.  Risk assess the situation and do not take unnecessary risks as health services  will be under pressure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. As always, only collect when it is safe to do so.  We are working with DEFRA." You can find info on swarms and our map of collectors here: www.bbka.org.uk/swarm Help us to help bees, please donate -ends- 
  13. Office Temporary Closure  The BBKA is offering a reduced service due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Shop orders will be processed once per week so please be patient. The phone lines will still be answered but please bear with the staff during this time as there may be delays. The phone lines are being redirected but only one call can be taken at a time. It will be easier for staff if you send an email to bbka@bbka.org.uk or direct to the team member if you know their email address. Advice for beekeepers tending hives during Covid-19 Pandemic  Swarm Collection curing Covid-19 Pandemic  If you are enquiring about Swarms please see our swarm page If you have a beekeeping question please join the BBKA Forum If you have made an order from the shop after 24/3/2020 it will not be processed until staff return to the office. If you have a question about Asian hornets please see our AHAT map page If your question relates to be added as an AHAT t...
  14. 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...
  15. Social distancing guidelines  and information for Area Associations Govt advice Social Distancing Advice  Additional Advice 20 March 2020 - Further measures for Social Distancing Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector - includes advice on postponing AGM or use of teleconferencing. Main Coronavirus advice page Please check regularly as this advice may change. Please read BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry's statement on Training Courses and Tending Bees in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Associations and branches can risk assess their training and courses with the following in mind. Categories of people – consider who provides the training, and who receives the training Over 70 - isolate under 70 with certain conditions All - Generally avoid unnecessary contact  Specific location advice – consider where you meet for training and apiary Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller publi...
  16. 19th March 2020 A Statement from the BBKA chair, Anne Rowberry on Training Courses and Tending Bees in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) The impact of the Coronavirus could not have been foreseen but the BBKA is working hard to support members.  We regret that all the BBKA training courses at Stoneleigh have been cancelled, this includes the Healthy Hive training, General Husbandry and Advanced husbandry training. The Exam Board have cancelled the Module Exams, the Assessor Training and will be publishing information on the Healthy Hive and Basic Exams. We are suggesting that Beginners courses and other Branch or Association organised training courses are postponed. It is important to keep the health of members at the front of our minds. It may be possible to deliver some aspects of these courses online.  I would welcome suggestions as to the best way this could be achieved ; possibly some Associations have information that they would be prepared to share. We...
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  18. March 17 2020 The BBKA Exam Board has decided today to cancel the Module Exams and the following statement has been sent to Exam Secretaries:  "Yesterday, there was a new statement that escalated the precautions we need to take to limit the spread of  Coronavirus to a different level. Consequently,  it is with great regret that the Examinations Board has decided they must act within the Government guidelines and cancel the Examinations on March 21st.  "We know how much work the candidates have put into the preparation for these exams,  and the decision has not been made lightly, but we do now wish to put invigilators or candidates at risk for an activity which is not essential.  "The free transfer of fees and applications will extend to March 2021." -ends-
  19. Spring Convention Committee Chairman, Joyce Nisbet, has issued the following statement:  " It is with great regret that the BBKA has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Spring Convention scheduled for 3-5 April at Harper Adams University. "The Spring Convention annual education event attracts up to 1,500 visitors from across the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, the USA and Canada. It includes small workshops and includes a number of group dinners and overnight stays for attendees, so in the interests of public safety this seems the most sensible course of action. "All visitors and Traders booked to attend are being contacted directly. A full refund will be made for all bookings made through the BBKA." The dates for the 2021 Spring Convention are 16-18 April at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.  -ends- 
  20. Asian Hornet Week 2020 7-13 September We are asking everyone to be vigilant in looking out for this alien species, the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina. This hornet could decimate our pollinators including our honey bees, it is important to have everyone actively looking for it. Autumn is the time for trapping as wasps and hornets lose their sources of floral nectar and find hives full of honey very attractive. We are asking beekeepers to put an hour aside every day to watch for hornets hawking their hives during Asian Hornet Week.   Effect on Biodiversity From the Invasive Species Compendium Hornets are well known for their attacks on other hymenopteran species, especially honey bees. Studies by Muller et al. (2010, 2013) in France demonstrate that V. velutina preys on a range of insects and the carcasses of mammals and birds. The prey spectrum consisted of 59% hymenopteran species [of which bees (Apidae) represented over 35%], 32% dipterans, and 9% others...
  21. Due to the high demand for places on the Bee Health Courses that the BBKA are running in March, we have arranged an additional date - Sunday 29th March 2020 at the National Beekeeping Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth.  For more details and to book a place, please go to the shop on the BBKA website. https://www.bbka.org.uk/shop/honey-bee-health-course-stoneleigh-sunday-29th-march-2020 This email has been sent to all Area Association eR2 Managers, would you please share this information with your branches and members? -ends- 
  22. Tuesday 11th February 2020  The BBKA’s first Asian hornet conference was held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at Myton school in Warwick.  Anne Rowberry, chair of the BBKA organised the event. It comprised of a series of talks by Asian hornet experts and concluded with a question and answer sessions. The day was well attended by Asian Hornet Action Team members and feedback received was good. Talks were: Professor Steven Martin – Life History and current research Xesus Feas - Asian Hornet research in Spain and Portugal Alistair Christie The Jersey experience in 2019 Peter Kennedy Research in 2020 Belinda Philipson   NBU update on 2019 and policy moving forward update on 2019 and policy moving forward as well as Sandra Gray  Anne Rowberry gave a short talk about Gaining Recognition for your position as an Asian Hornet Co-ordinator and Team members: short certification qualification explained which included a couple of questions to show examples. ...
  23. Trustees The BBKA was founded in 1874 and originally brought together some 26 county beekeeping associations, not to replicate their work, but to be in a stronger position to represent their interests at government level and to facilitate a nationwide educational structure supported by a common examination process. Currently we run as an umbrella to our 74 Associations. Each Association has one elected member who votes on all things beekeeping in the UK, at our Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM), at the beginning of every year.  Appointed at the ADM are the President and 12 Trustees, who collectively comprise the Executive Committee (EC) that is the governing body of the BBKA. Delegates may adopt propositions at the Annual Delegate Meeting that provide policy direction to the EC. We are now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)  This page lists the trustees for 2020.  This page also includes an email address for each trustee as well as information about w...
  24. We hope you all have an excellent year beekeeping in 2020 - well done on a fantastic achievement. Basic_Results_for_2019.pdf
  25. The bees are dieing very quickly but if you help I will get all the science research to create new one
  26. Why join Beebase? BeeBase is full of useful information including: Advice for Beekeepers Apiary Inspections & Training Bee Pests, Diseases & Maps Consumer & Environmental Protection Hive Count Legislation, Imports and Exports Medicines Publications Research and Development Image Gallery Varroa calculator to work out if you need to treat for varroa E-training on Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Viruses Join BeeBase here for free By signing up to BeeBase as a Beekeeper you can then take advantage of the free services the NBU offer.  Their website is packed with useful information, documents and downloads.  If you have any disease concerns you can contact your Regional or Seasonal bee inspector and they can visit your hives. No charge is made for an apiary visit by a fully qualified Bee-inspector. The inspector will check for signs of disease or pests, and will provide you with help and advice on good husbandry, a...
  27. 19 November 2019        A calendar from National Bee Supplies (NBS) is raising money for the BBKA and may be the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love. The photos of bees are from a competition run by NBS earlier in the year and like the amazing one above are incredibly detailed and beautiful.  Sam Arnold from Suttons Seeds (By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Seedsmen) who own NBS said:  "We were genuinely blown away by the quality of photographs entered into #nbspoty, which made our job of choosing a winner near-impossible! It was so difficult, in fact, that we have decided to showcase some of the runners-up in our first ever National Bee Supplies Calendar.   "Each and every image we’ve included was worthy of the crown, and we hope that you enjoy admiring the tiny details and breath-taking beauty as they take pride of place in your home! Better yet, we are proud to donate £1 from every calendar sold to the BBKA (Brit...
  28. Gregor Gorjanc, PhD  Chancellor's fellow in Data Driven Innovation for AgriTech We have placement for a fully-funded PhD position in the EASTBio Doctoral Training Programme competition - www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk. UK and European students are eligible for this programme. The aim of the PhD is to work on the "Design of breeding programs to improve honeybee health and production" Detailed description: www.findaphd.com/phds/project/eastbio-design-of-breeding-programs-to-improve-honeybee-health-and-production/?p114336 Supervisors: Tom Freeman and Gregor Gorjanc Industry partner: AbacusBio This is a 4-year studentships to start in October 2020. The studentship covers fees, stipend, research training, limited research costs and a small travel/conference allowance. Successful student will join the EASTBIO training programme and undertake enhanced subject-specific, core bioscience and generic skills training and placement (3 to 18-months) with their industrial...
  29. BBKA Spring Convention 2019 - Feedback By Lesley Jacques on behalf of the BBKA Spring Convention Committee The BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, 12–14 April 2019, saw around 1,400 participants attending a mixture of lectures, workshops and bee-related retail therapy at the trade show. The feedback from the event has been extremely positive, and it is interesting to learn a little more about the convention attendees so that we can build on the successes of the year and try to address any aspects that were less well received. Feedback from convention attendees The aim was to offer a feedback questionnaire to everyone attending the event. This year we had 125 completed questionnaires returned. These included feedback on all aspects of the meeting, some from multiple choice options and some from free-text input. Most of the completed questionnaires (85%) came from those who had full three-day wristbands, either purchased or as stewards/speakers, wit...
  30. Friday 25th October The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) annual survey of how much honey they have harvested from their bees shows the highest yield in 10 years. The average crop was 40.25 pounds of honey. In 2012 they only produced an average of 8 pounds and the previous highest crop was in 2014.  Important factors  Beekeepers report that the most important factors for producing a good crop are abundant forage throughout the beekeeping season, good colony health and the right weather. And this year the small number of colonies ( 2 %) moved to seasonal forage like heather and those colonies sited near wooded areas or forestry did the best.  Most of the 1,039 beekeepers who responded to the survey only had 1 or 2 colonies but next most popular amount was 5-10 colonies.  Best region The highest average yield was in the South East followed by East region. 60% of BBKA members keep their honeybees in a rural/countryside landscape, 29% in suburban ga...
  31. Whoever is the current Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers is patron of the British Beekeepers Association. They are an ancient City of London company governed by a Royal charter granted by King Richard 111 in 1484.  The business of a Wax Chandler was the preparation, making and sale of beeswax and beeswax products. Wax Chandlery included torches, images, wax for seals, medical uses and candles. Before the Reformation, acts of devotion to speed souls through Purgatory required vast quantities of beeswax for candles, tapers and images. Medieval trade relied on wax seals to attest contracts and the like and wax coated writing tablets were the BlackBerries of the time. The current Master is Mrs Sue Green. Today the Master of the Wax Chandlers sponsors lectures at the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Spring Convention, awards a prize and a dinner to the beekeeper getting the highest marks in their Master of Beekeeping exams and has supported the BBKA when...
  32. Yes they do sleep and we know this because of the efforts of a researcher called Walter Kaiser who in 1983 observed bees in his hive stop moving and made a new discovery: that honeybees slept. As he watched, Kaiser noted how a bee's legs would first start to flex, bringing its head to the floor. Its antennae would stop moving. In some cases, a bee would fall over sideways, as if intoxicated by tiredness. Many bees held each other's legs as they slept. Fascinating facts  It was the first record of sleep in any invertebrate. Honeybees sleep between 5 & 8 hours a day. More rest at night when darkness prevents them going out to collect pollen & nectar.  Some solitary bees have been photographed sleeping in flowers -ends-
  33. In any hive there are thousands of honeybees. There are three types: a single queen, thousands of female worker bees and, in the summer, hundreds of male drones. The drone's sole purpose is to mate with the queen and every day they rise to the drone congregation area nearest to the hive to hang out with their mates and wait for a virgin queen to make her maiden flight. If they succeed in mating with her their sexual organs detach and the drone dies and falls to the ground. The unsuccessful drones are evicted by the workers at the end of the summer and die.  At the height of summer there is an average of 35-40,000 bees in the hive - a really big colony would have around 60,000 bees. Over the winter this falls to around 5,000 bees. The winter bees live for several months, their summer colleagues only for a few, intensely worked weeks.  Why do they sting? A honeybee only stings for two reasons - they see you as a threat to the colony and they are protecting it or they...
  34. DistanceThe distance each bee flies in its life is astonishing. It is possible for bees to fly as far as 5 miles for food, however an average distance would be less than a mile from the hive. A strong colony, around 60,000 bees, therefore flies the equivalent distance from Earth to the Moon everyday!SpeedThe normal top speed of a worker would be about 15-20mph (21-28km/h) when flying to a food source and about 12mph (17km/h) when returning, heavily laden,  with nectar, pollen, propolis (resin collected from tree buds) or water.NavigationBees use the position of the sun to navigate and there is evidence too of their sensitivity to the earth’s magnetic field. Also bees' eyes are sensitive to polarised light, which penetrates through even thick cloud, so bees are able to ‘see’ the sun in poor weather. As well as two, large, compound eyes on either side of its head the bee has three ‘ocelli’ on the top of its head. (Look carefully at the picture and you can see them in the fur on...
  35. Bees make lots of products beside honey - some to feed their babies and their queen and provide them with snug homes. Some to keep diseases out of the hive.  Beeswax  Made from the honeycomb of the honeybee, beeswax is the purest and most natural of all waxes. For each pound of beeswax provided by a honey bee, the bee visits over 30 million flowers. To produce one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about eight to ten pounds of honey. They secrete the beeswax from the underside of their abdomens, and then use the wax to construct a honeycomb. The youngest bees cluster in large numbers to raise their body temperature. Wax-producing glands under their abdomens slowly secrete slivers of wax about the size of a pinhead. Other worker bees harvest these wax scales and take them to the part of the hive requiring the new wax. Bees use about 6 lb of honey to produce 1 lb of wax. Bees can produce 8 wax flakes in around 12 hours so that gives you an idea of how patient a...
  36. There are a number of diseases affecting bees, some more serious than others. They are not infectious to humans but dangerous for the bee. Certain bee diseases are even notifiable to the Government. The most serious are AFB (American Foul Brood) and EFB (European Foul Brood), which affect the larva in the hive. These are normally treated by destroying the colony by burning it. If left alone, the disease can spread throughout out the whole apiary and affect surrounding beekeepers. Spores from AFB can remain dormant for over 50 years in old beekeeping equipment and cause problems decades later. Varroa  Many hives are affected by varroa, a mite that attaches to the body of the honeybee and sucks up bodily fluids weakening the bee and there are conflicting ideas on how to combat them. Some beekeepers believe that bees can develop a natural resistance to the mite and refuse to treat believing that the colonies that survive will naturally acquire resistance. Other beekeepers moni...
  37. 12 October 2019 A second Asian Hornet nest has been found near the first in Christchurch in Dorset. The first nest, high in a tall tree, was destroyed on 4th of October and thanks to continuing surveillance of the area this second nest was found at ground level.  It is thought to be a primary nest. Genetic analysis will be carried out on the nests.  Three nests have been found and destroyed so far this year - two at Christchurch and one at Tamworth in Staffordshire. There have been  confirmed sightings of Asian Hornets at Ashford in Kent and New Milton in Hampshire.  Since 2016, there have been a total of 17 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and nine nests have been destroyed. The latest finding means that as the leaves fall off the trees we want you to look up for nests previously hidden in foliage and we also need you to watch insects flying at lower levels. It is now clear that we need to be alert for hornets flying low as well.  -ends...
  38. 7 October 2019 Bermondsey Street Bees, based in London, have raised more than a £1,000 for the BBKA's Apiary & Education Project. The money mostly comes from a honey cocktails event they held with Aberfeldy Whisky. Sarah Wyndham-Lewis from Bermondsey St Bees explained: "In 2018 Dewar's Aberfeldy Global Brand Ambassador, Georgie Bell, approached Bermondsey Street Bees to collaborate on a 5 year long worldwide project supporting honeybees.  "Aberfeldy's original thought was to donate beehive to key bar locations, starting in London, unaware that London already has the densest population of honeybees in Europe and a continuing loss of foraging areas.  "Bermondsey Street Bees discussed this with them and a more powerful concept began to evolve. Aberfeldy would educate bartenders to throw away the squeezy bottle of processed supermarket honey and instead source raw honey from their own localities to put in their drinks. They would thus be directly supporting local...
  39. BBKA's 42nd Spring Convention in 2019 involved around 1,400 people over the three days of the event.  It is held at Harper Adams University in Shropshire each year and we make sure the Convention covers all aspects of beekeeping to keep our visitors happy.  Visitors from all over the UK Susie Hill: Susie Hill has been keeping bees for about 10 years and comes over from Northern Ireland. “I can catch up with people I’ve met through beekeeping. I pick up new ideas and generally network. I’m an ‘organiser’ at work but here I can just come and relax and learn.” Of interest to new and more experienced beekeepers alike Lucy Shier with Claire Hartry: Relatively new beekeeper: Lucy Shier from near Cleobury Mortimor in Shropshire has been beekeeping for about 2 years. “The Spring Convention’s brilliant. It’s well organised, the food is good value for money. It’s fantastic to...
  40. 4 October 2019 An Asian Hornet nest has been found high up in an oak tree near Christchurch in Dorset and has been destroyed. More details on two other sightings in other parts of the country have been given. In Christchurch surveillance is continuing. Elsewhere, Defra says it's continuing to receive reports of sightings from lots of places and is appealing to everyone to be engaged and look for hornets on local forage sites such as ivy. It's this time of year, when leaves are falling, that well-hidden nests suddenly become visible. Please look up when you are out and about and report any nest you see whether active or abandoned by taking a picture and sending it to alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.  In Staffordshire near Tamworth where a nest was destroyed on 6 September it's been revealed that that one was also at the top of a tree. Surveillance continued after the destruction but there were no indications that a second nest was in the area. There is routine surveillance being c...
  41. 1st October 2019 The Asian Hornet at Highcliffe in Christchurch in Dorset was reported and confirmed today(1 Oct). Experts from the National Bee Unit (NBU) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will work quickly to find and destroy any active nests in the area. Dorset Asian Hornet Action Teams have confirmed that they are on their way to help with the search and all local beekeepers registered with Beebase will be asked to go out looking for Asian Hornets at local forage sites.  The hornet in Dorset follows 3 earlier confirmed sightings south west of Ashford in Kent on 9 September 2019 and the Tamworth area of Staffordshire on 2 September 2019, where a nest was subsequently located and destroyed, and an earlier sighting of a single hornet was confirmed at New Milton in Hampshire.  All the hornets were found and reported by members of the public. The member of the public recognised the insect near Christchurch as an Asian Hornet after seeing an ale...
  42. Help BBKA raise funds for our new schools learning Apiary which will be a live resource for learning about the environment and pollinators Our plans include wildlife pond for frogs and newts and as a source of water for the bees planting to maximise forage throughout the year accessible pathways for the elderly and those in wheelchairs sensory garden building with a glass or Perspex panel so those either allergic to, or scared of bees, can still see them up close hives from all around the world  Our offices in Stoneleigh provide the perfect location for our new visitor centre as we are in the heart of England and can welcome visitors from all over the UK. Children will come with their school classes and learn about bees and mini-beasts and food security and have a live bee display with one of our beekeepers. Lots of children get ‘bitten by the bug’ this way and with their interest in beekeeping awakened, will return to it in later years. It’s imp...
  43. Bees are pivotal to our ecosystem. Without them, we wont exist. I've been wanting to do my bit to help save the bees for a long time now, and i have finally decided that, on November 7th, I will get the phrase 'Save The Bees' tattooed on me. But I want your help. I need everyone to help sponsor and support me in this venture. Together, we can contribute to saving our planet! Who's in!?
  44. Buy tech gifts, bee jewellery, bee hotels and more through the gift shop to donate to the BBKA For BBKA Educational materials visit the BBKA webshop
  45. For more information see here - https://www.somersetbeekeepers.org.uk/honey-shows.html