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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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 go to free lectures and...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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!?
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  9. For more information see here - https://www.somersetbeekeepers.org.uk/honey-shows.html
  10. Click here for more - https://www.herefordshirebeekeepers.org.uk/events/the-annual-hbka-honey-show-2019/
  11. 11 Sept 2019 An Asian Hornet has been found and captured in Ashford in Kent. This is the third confirmed sighting in 2019. The sighting was confirmed by the Seasonal Bee Inspector on 9 September 2019. Two earlier sightings were confirmed the first in July at New Milton in Hampshire where a single hornet was found and subsequent searches of the area have not, so far, turned up any other hornets.  The second was in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire on 2 September 2019 where a nest was later found and destroyed and searches are continuing. In both cases, the hornets were spotted by an alert member of the public.  Since 2016, there have been a total of 16 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and seven nests have been destroyed. -ends-  UPDATE 26TH SEPTEMBER This Asian hornet was seen foraging on windfall apples by a fruit farmer. It is believed the hornet may have been blown across the Channel by the prevailing wind and weather conditions.  No...
  12. Interview with Sara Fletcher, Science teacher and Head Beekeeper at Shrewsbury School How long have you had bees at the school?  The beekeeping society was set up in 1973 and has run ever since. The school is very proud of having such a quirky society. How did you become the 'school beekeeper'?  I'm a Biology teacher and have always been fascinated by beekeeping. When the current head of beekeeping society was retiring he seemed like the perfect time for me to take over. What’s the benefit of keeping bees in school?  The interest of the students and their wish to keep bees for themselves outside of school. What is the biggest challenge?  Keeping the bees alive! Especially through the winter. We struggle to produce much honey at all from our bees and certainly no excess - we leave on what is produced for the bees through the winter. Has it had a profound effect on any of your pupils?  Yes, one has completed his EPQ project on...
  13. This week is Asian Hornet Week, and we ask; “I could be coming your way - are you ready?” -Asian hornet Week takes place from the 9th to the 15th September. Copyright: John Feltwell Our Asian Hornet Action Teams (AHATS) across the country are helping government bee inspectors to combat this pest. Beekeepers on these teams have familiarised themselves with the features of this foreign pest and how to track it back to its nest. Many volunteered to help on the island of Jersey which is battling a serious situation with Asian hornets. An Asian hornet sighting was confirmed in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire last week and the nest was found and has been destroyed. This was the second report this year, the first was in July in New Milton in Hampshire. This week, on the 9th of September (the first day of Asian hornet Week) a third Asian hornet has been found in Ashford, Kent. In each case, the hornets were spotted and reported by a member of the public. All sightings o...
  14. 7 Sept 2019 An Asian Hornet nest has been found and destroyed near Drayton Bassett in Staffordshire. The find was as a result of a member of the public reporting an Asian Hornet.  This was the second Asian Hornet reported in the UK in 2019. The first was at New Milton in Hampshire in July again spotted by an alert member of the public. Tomorrow we start Asian Hornet Week when we asked the public and beekeepers to make sure they are ready to identify this alien pest.  As the leaves fall off the trees at this time of year disused or even active Asian Hornet nests may become visible. All such sightings should be reported to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk Photo above shows one of the big nests being found in Jersey The Staffordshire find is right in the middle of the landmass of the UK. It is known that in France Asian Hornets follow water courses when they expand their territory and there is a large body of water very close to the location.  The Canals and River Trust i...
  15. Asian hornet Week: September 9th-15th 2019 copyright: Giles San Martin I could be coming your way – are you ready? 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. Now is the time for trapping and spending a little more time watching to see if hornets are hawking your hives in your apiary, put an hour aside to watch each day for hornets during Asian Hornet week. copyright: Jean Haxaire See it, Snap it, Send it Asian hornets are rather like large black wasps with a single yellow band, orange face and yellow tipped legs.  If you see it Report it to the Non-Native Species Secretariat(NNSS) http://www.nonnativespecies.org If possible take a photo or video and send it with the specimen, if it is dead, to the NNSS.   Here is the Asian hornet banner PDF we des...
  16. For those of arranging a Honey Show and needing a Judge here is the link to the list of BBKA Show Judges
  17. Current advice for branches and associations on Schools Members (access to Bees in the Curriculum website / insurance off the school site / BBKA News / FREE entry to Junior Certificates) For schools wanting to become a member (non-beekeeping school) One school contact to be named under ‘Schools’ membership (same cost to BBKA HQ as a 'registered' member) – using school address and email address For schools wanting to become a ‘beekeeping school’ (I.e keep bees onsite) We strongly recommend that there are at least 2 additional ‘partner’ beekeepers in case of sickness or absence (but can be more) All of the above should have ideally completed introduction courses before keeping bees onsite Strongly recommend that they have initial support of an association/branch mentor To record this in ER2, the membership database Main contact registered under ‘Schools’ category ‘Partner’ members to be listed und...
  18. ALL MEMBERS CAN REGISTER FOR THESE FREE RESOURCES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN - https://www.beesinthecurriculum.com/register/
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  20. Introducing BBKA Patron – Jimmy Doherty   Jimmy Doherty is a natural choice to be the first new Patron of the BBKA in the Twenty-first century. Jimmy has had a keen interest in insects since he was a young boy. With stints working at a wildlife park in his teens and later working as an Entomologist in his Twenties at London’s Natural History Museum, to read for his PhD in Entomology and starting a 140 acre farm, Jimmy has an active interest in food and the outdoors all his life. Jimmy has a great interest in bees and has even travelled to Nepal and spent time with the honey hunters there. He is also President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ in Suffolk is home to all sorts of native livestock including pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and turkeys. He also encourages food provenance and local food supply chains in his onsite restaurant. Combining his ethos of small scale farming; beekeeping; rearing of native breeds and teaching childre...
  21. THREATS TO UK HONEY BEES Habitat loss Use of pesticides Pests and diseases Extreme weather and climate change, and Competition from invasive species Ways to help Grow more flowers, shrubs & trees  Let your garden grow wild Cut grass less often Don’t disturb insect nests & hibernation spots Try and not use pesticides Open to letter to Councils across the UK - please feel free to copy and send to your local Council Isle of Wight Council plans to reduce verge cutting, saving £11,000 a year. This will allow more wildflowers to bloom, benefitting pollinators, while essential road safety standards are maintained. Please also consider donating 
  22. THREATS TO UK HONEY BEES Habitat loss Use of pesticides Pests and diseases Extreme weather and climate change, and Competition from invasive species Ways to help Grow more flowers, shrubs & trees  Let your garden grow wild Cut grass less often Don’t disturb insect nests & hibernation spots Try and not use pesticides
  23. Mark White of EDBKA is working with the Asian hornet team on the island of Jersey, learning how to track a suspected nest. Mark is actually allergic to stings so will be taking care not to get stung. He will be putting out regular blogs on the East Dorset Beekeepers page and here is the first:
  24. 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. LATE SEASON EVENT - Ivy Mining Bees are around right now, not to be confused with honey bees. If this is what you have found unfortunately the BBKA cannot help. Here's a video taken by Gary Hammond of North Herts Beekeepers Association where can see you hundreds of these solitary mining bees flying over a bed of soil where they have made their burrows. Gary says he's been getting calls from the swarm line but gone out to find these mining bees.  YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
  25. Please see here for more information about how bees can feature in your school life.
  26. 13 June 2019  Bees’ Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July 2019 to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.  During Bees’ Needs Week, London’s world-famous shopping destination is renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity.  The iconic Carnaby Street arch has been given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Newburgh Street from 8-14 July, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks. This will include:  A bumblearium giving visitors the chance to get close to the bee action  Virtual Reality headsets to experience the inner workings of a bumblebee nest Honey Tasting The chance to look at specimens of bees up close, using microscopes More information is available at: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bees-needs/and on twitter using #BeesNeeds -ends- 
  27. 3 July 2019 The first Asian Hornet of 2019 on UK mainland has been found in New Milton in Hampshire close to the New Forest. The Department of Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a press release saying it was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public, is thought to be a Queen and that inspectors are now in the area looking for a nest.  The report came in on an app called Asian Hornet Watch which sends a GPS location as well as a photo taken on a smartphone. It was the first confirmed report since October 2018.  Last year, two Asian Hornet queens were found in locations near where this one was found between the sea and the New Forest. The full list is on the press release.  The Bees Wasps & Ant Recording Society (BWARS) said their team verified the find. They are one of several agencies that the report is automatically sent to.  You can see a BBKA map showing the finds in the UK which started in 2016.   Since 2016, a t...
  28. Friday 28 June 2019  The annual survey carried out by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA ) to measure winter survival of honeybees shows that losses at 8.5% are at their lowest since the current survey programme was started in 2007/08.  The survey covers the period from 1st October 2018 to 1st April 2019 and was carried out online for the first time. 5581 members completed the survey.  The BBKA enjoys the membership of beekeepers from the whole of the British Isles and the Channel Isles, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Isles.  Honeybee losses   The overall winter survival rate was 91.5% or 8.5% losses. In England the rate was 91% survival with 9% losses, in Scotland 79% survival with 21% losses, Wales 94.3% survival with 5.7% losses and in the Channel Isles, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland survival rates were all above 98% so losses of less than 2% in those places.  The most striking result is the...
  29. Due to the recent wet and cold weather beekeepers may wish to monitor their colony food levels closely, particularly in any splits, nucleus colonies or colonies where the entire spring honey crop was removed. In some areas of the UK, our Inspectors are concerned at finding colonies that are starving. Feed can be prepared from refined white sugar and water mixed at a 2:1 ratio or one of the proprietary ready mixed syrups available from beekeeping equipment suppliers. More information about mixing up sugar can be found in the Best Practice Guidelines no. 7 found on BeeBase. With dryer and warmer weather however, the blackberry, lime and clover may soon be in flower and colonies should start to bring in an excess crop, so it is also important not to feed unnecessarily and risk adulterating honey with sugar syrup. If you have any questions then please contact your local Inspector. Kind regards, National Bee Unit.
  30. 13th June 2019 By plant DNA barcoding the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are able to provide detailed analysis of the floral resources used by bees during honey production. It is anticipated that these data over extended time frames could provide a better understanding of the factors that impact honeybee populations. Here is the presentation first given at the BBKA 2019 convention, showing the first results generated from the NHMS; focussing on species richness both regionally and nationally. Further, how these compare to land use data collected by colleagues across CEH. Finally, there is an introduction to other work being undertaken at CEH; and centred around pollinators and bee health. https://www.slideshare.net/CEHScienceNews/national-honey-monitoring-scheme Put together by Dr Anna Oliver, CEH.
  31. 10 June 2019 Children at Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal in Cumbria are delighted to be winners of a 'Year of Green Action' award from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  The award is part of Bees Needs Week an annual event coordinated by DEFRA to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. It is part of the National Pollinator Strategy.  Jacqui Cottam, Chair of Governors at the school, along with teacher, Karen Harper, set up their 6 colony apiary 3 years ago,  but the schools passion for all pollinators and solitary bees goes back a long way.  Peter Hicks wearing bee shirt made for him by his wife and daughter "When Mr Peter Hicks, our Headteacher, joined the school almost 9 years ago, his vision was to really use our 6.5 acres not just to provide a space for children to learn, play and explore but, also, to create a forage and habitat rich environment for solitary bees and pollinators" says Jacqui.  The judges...
  32. 30th September 2019 Update from the National Honey Monitoring Scheme Dear Beekeepers, On behalf of the National Honey Monitoring Scheme team at CEH (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), I would like to say a big thank you to those who have returned honey samples to us. We have had over 500 back this year so far (see below), which is amazing!  I hope it has been a good season for all. Table: Number of samples returned between March and September 2019; according to NUTS1 statistical regions and including Channel Islands and Isle of Man. As we have had over 750 sample pack requests, I would again like to remind those of you who wish to participate this year to return your samples as soon as possible. Our cut-off date for 2019 is 30th November - any samples returned after the 30th will be archived only; no pollen analysis will be done.  Further, no new 2019 sample packs will be sent out after the 31st October 2019. Any requests will be kept on file and packs sen...
  33. Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB   Lectures, Workshops, Seminars and Trade Show For a taste of what you missed at the 2019 event Click here to view the 2019 programme
  34. 5 June 2019 Manchester & District Beekeepers have been given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It's for the work they do in Heaton Park, Manchester where they have a visitor centre manned by volunteers, an apiary and a garden planted for all pollinating insects.  Representatives from Manchester & District Beekeepers Association (MDBKA) attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May along with the 280 other charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups who are also receiving the award this year.  David & Lena Crowe - Chairman & President of MDBKA at Buckingham Palace garden party Lena Crowe, President, said: "It's an enormous honour and great testament to the many hours of dedication our Volunteers give to raise the awareness of how important honeybees and other pollinating insects are to our environment and, ultimately, to the food chain." The Queen's Award for Voluntary Servic...
  35. 23 May 2019 Katie Hughes is well known at Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull for her beautiful cakes. So on World Bee Day she put on a cake sale and raised no less than £158 to help the bees.  Katie says she does not have a garden so cannot help by growing plants for bees so instead she makes stupendous cakes. She said "I thought why not use my baking skills to help the hardworking beekeepers!" I'm sure you will agree they look very tempting indeed.  -ends-
  36. 21 May 2019 A stunning tunnel of flowers designed by McQueens Flowers has been opened at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The BBKA is being supported by McQueens at the show and celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, who is also a beekeeper ,has designed a special honey menu with honey from his hives which will be served throughout the week with proceeds being shared with us.  Honey, I'm home! is the title of the installation which invites visitors to help create a swarm of giant honeybees flying home to their hive. The will then pass through a 20m long by 7m wide dark immersive tunnel Per Oculus Apum  ( Through the Eyes of Bees ) complete with upside down lavender field. Both are designed to open visitor's minds to how bees see the world and to raise awareness of the recent reported decline of several bee species.  Visitors will find out how bees see flowers in ultra-violet and there will be a soundscape of electrostatic patters that help guide bees to the flowers which is...
  37. 15 May 2019 The winner of two tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show donated by McQueen's Flowers has been announced.  As the BBKA's Claire Hartry takes you on a tour of the national apiary and explains our plans for transforming it she also drew the winners name out: Helena Smith. YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs0H5qTghS0 McQueen's Flowers are making their stand at Chelsea all about the Uk's honeybee Apis Mellifera. There will also be a special honey menu for guests created by beekeeper chef Marcus Wareing and visitors will enter a virtual reality where they will feel like a honeybee flying over a field of flowers.  -ends-   
  38. PLEASE NOTE THIS FUNDRAISER HAS NOW CLOSED McQueens giveaway RHS Chelsea Tickets as part of their support for BBKA Competition Prize 1 x pair of full day tickets RHS Chelsea Flower Show Tickets for Wednesday 22 May 2019.   How to enter To be in with a chance of winning, make a donation, leaving your full name and quote ‘Chelsea Flower Show.' The competition will close at midnight, 14th May 2019. The winner will be announced via BBKA’s Facebook live the following day (15th May 2019) and notified via email. T's & C's Eligibility - the competition is only open to people age 18 and over. Delivery address for tickets must be within the UK No cash or prize contribution is permitted. The prize is non-transferable. Travel is not included within the prize. Winner notification - winners will be announced via BBKA’s Facebook and notified by email on 15th May 2019. -'Per Oculus Apum' an artists impression of the...
  39. McQueens giveaway RHS Chelsea Tickets as part of their support for BBKA Competition Prize 1 x pair of full day tickets RHS Chelsea Flower Show Tickets for Wednesday 22 May 2019.   How to enter To be in with a chance of winning, make a donation, leaving your full name and quote ‘Chelsea Flower Show.' The competition will close at midnight, 14th May 2019. The winner will be announced via BBKA’s Facebook live the following day (15th May 2019) and notified via email. T's & C's Eligibility - the competition is only open to people age 18 and over. Delivery address for tickets must be within the UK No cash or prize contribution is permitted. The prize is non-transferable. Travel is not included within the prize. Winner notification - winners will be announced via BBKA’s Facebook and notified by email on 15th May 2019. -'Per Oculus Apum' an artists impression of the magical honey bee themed immersive experience...
  40. Holiday Parks flying the flag for Honey Bees When you’re next thinking of heading out into the countryside on a camping, caravanning or holiday home trip, why not visit a park that’s doing something to help Honey Bees? Thanks to an on-going link-up with the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme (DBCAS) this is really easy to do. 2019 is the fifth year of the BBKA’s Honey Bee Friendly Park Project partnership with the DBCAS (which works with 570+ parks across the country to help them become more environmentally friendly). Most of the parks in the scheme have taken the Honey Bee Friendly Pledge. This commits them to doing what they can to provide the forage plants that bees need, to provide homes for bees and to spread the word about bee conservation. Last year, over 400 did enough for their David Bellamy assessors to class them as Honey Bee Friendly. Among the great work that’s being done are projects to plant wildflower meadow areas. Last year, the scheme r...
  41. It is important not only to be able to recognise the Asian hornet but also to be able to recognise the primary nest of the species. This looks looks very similar to a wasp nest and starts off about the size of a tennis ball and grows throughout the spring/summer. It may be found be in garages, sheds, woodstores and sides of building etc. If you have found something similar - please contact your local Asian Hornet Action Team, which you can find details of here.
  42. The BBKA AHAT Teams are coming together, North Devon have just sent a map in showing the coverage in their area where each trap has been placed. This may be of great assistance to the Bee Inspectors if they are called to the area to look for hornets.   Markers showing where traps have been sited There have been a couple of questions about when to put traps in and out. I will be putting out plant saucers containing the wasp attractant Suterra or Trappit from May until mid July unless a hornet is seen in the area. I want to give the other pollinators a chance. A tip from Jersey is to put it somewhere you can see it easily, they were using upturned buckets or window sills. If a stone is placed in the saucer the hornets can feed without getting their feet wet and it can also help to hold down a piece of tissue paper to help the liquid to remain in the saucer.                     &nb...
  43. We have opened this category up in the hope of encouraging more beekeepers to go into schools and share in the magic and excitement of our craft. As a 'Schools Member' ONE NAMED MEMBER OF STAFF will sign up to your assoc/branch with their school address and school email address to get their BBKA News sent out to them. They get the same rights as a registered member for voting at the ADM and will be the sole named person who can come along to your branch meetings. We recommend that the school advise their own insurers. We have heard from beekeeping schools that they have not experienced any issues with adding beekeeping to their existing insurance cover. Bee Diseases Insurance is available, as it is to all members, should they want to add this to their membership. Not all visiting beekeepers will need DBS checks to go in to do talks, but all schools have different policies on this so please check with the staff. Should you need to have one done the cost is around £25: You...
  44. More information here  on objectives and expected outcomes for the study.
  45. Young Beekeeper William William; I’m 9 years old and from a small town called Boston in Lincolnshire. I first noticed bees at my first school whilst on the running track and started to notice they all looked different. Where some of my friends would run away from bees, I would keep calm and just watch them. I then found out in a topic lesson that pollinators were dying out due to (chemicals) pesticides and I felt upset that we could effect nature like this. My teacher told the class about how if we didn’t have pollinators that fruit and vegetables would not grow. There is lots of farmland where I live and we were lucky because some tree bees decided to live in our compost bin. I became very interested in seeing what the tree bees were doing. I wanted to check on them everyday & refused to let my dad move them. Since then I’ve reached lots about bees and kept on asking if we could keep bees. Last season my dad helped me to reach out to a local beekeeper to get...
  46. 4th April 2019 Southport & District Beekeepers were moving their Apiary from just outside Formby to Hesketh Park in Southport when they discovered an old microscope they had been given back in the 70s.  It was an old PriorLux 100 series donated by the widow of the late Trevor Willets, a former pathologist, and was clearly in need of repair.  Southport contacted the maker Prior Scientific and was told that they did not do repairs. So they put the microscope on Ebay hoping to raise a few hundred pounds that way so they could enhance the new apiary. Then they got a call from the sales manager at Prior who asked them to send across some pictures of the microscope.  It turned out that Prior was celebrating its 100 year anniversary and thought the microscope would fill a space in its museum of microscopy.  Barry Milne. chair of Southport & District Beekeepers, said "They wanted it for their museum of instruments and offered us a more up-to-date stereo mic...
  47. 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 2018 to 31 March 2019.  Please follow this link through to the 5 minute survey
  48. 20 May 2019 World Bee Day - Do Your Bit  The health of honeybees is taken as a prime indicator of the state of our natural world.  To celebrate World Bee Day, the United Nations Postal Administration has issued 3 new bee stamps:  You can find them all here:https://unstamps.org/ The writer, Alison Benjamin, in the Guardian newspaper summed up why we should care enough about bees to do something.  Save Our Bees Save Ourselves  Our former President Tim Lovett attended a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador to London last week to mark World Bee Day, he said " It was a privilege to enjoy the elegant facilities and beautiful gardens of Winfield House. And encouraging to hear that the US Ambassador Woody Johnson was in no doubt about the importance of our honeybees and other pollinators. Defra Minister Lord Gardiner was also present and he agreed."   The BBKA (British Beekeepers Association) is renewing its plea that you find somethi...
  49. Link to BBKA download