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  1. 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.
  2. 13 June 2019  Bees’ Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.  During Bees’ Needs Week, London’s world-famous shopping destination will be renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity.  The iconic Carnaby Street arch will be given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Newburgh Street from 8-13 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- 
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 11th June 2019 Can your bees stand heavy metal?   Not the music, but metal contaminants in the environment! Toxic metals enter the environment through many sources and can be taken up by plants and transferred to nectar and pollen, or deposited directly on to flowers. Consequently, bees are exposed to these metals. At the University of Reading, we are investigating the exposure of bees to heavy metals through pollen and nectar. We plan to measure the metals in pollen samples from across the country and investigate whether there are any differences between urban and rural environments in terms of exposure. Are you interested in knowing what’s in the pollen your bees are collecting? If so, then we would be happy to receive a sample and analyse it for you. We only need 1.5 grams of pollen, which can be collected from pollen traps in the hive. In addition to the pollen, we would also like to test honey. All the materials and detailed instructions you will need to collect a...
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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-
  9. 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...
  10. 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-   
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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 honey bee swarms.To support the work of the BBKA please DONATESTEP 1: Identifying honey beesIf 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.BumblebeesBumblebees 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 decking, in the compost?Bumblebees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone...
  17. 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...
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  19. A Queen rearing workshop for Master Beekeepers  This course is an opportunity to consolidate knowledge and skills in the technique of grafting and is aimed at those who will be teaching queen rearing in their local groups or branches.  Course Tutor  Clive de Bruyn  Date Friday pm  21st June – Sunday 23rd June  BBKA Stoneleigh CV8 2LG Cost £75  (you will need to find accommodation and evening meals, light lunches will be supplied)  By attending the course your are agreeing to pass on your skills through queen rearing courses in your local branches.  We will initially only be offering the course to Master beekeepers, if you would like to apply for a place please email anne.rowberry@bbka.org.uk for an application form.  Numbers will be limited.  I look forward to hearing from you  Anne Rowberry Practical Queen Rearing Course for Master Beekeepers Notes from Clive de Bruyn  Undoubtedly there are...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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
  23. THIS SURVEY HAS NOW CLOSED - Results will be available July 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 will be live between the 1 to the 30 April 2019.
  24. 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...
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  29. 1874 - the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) was instituted “For the Encouragement, Improvement and Advancement of Bee Culture in the United Kingdom, particularly as a means of bettering the Condition of Cottagers and the Agricultural Labouring Classes, as well as the advocacy of humanity to the industrious labourer – the Honey Bee.” 1914-18 and 1939-46 – during the two world wars, the BBKA made successful representations to government to secure extra sugar rations for beekeepers, as honey was recognised as an important foodstuff. 1960 - a new Constitution was adopted, after 17 years of heated discussion between the various county associations and membership factions and their representatives. However, fortunately the post-war years proved to be boom years for beekeeping and in 1953 there were 80,000 beekeepers in England and Wales with 396,000 colonies. 1990 - marked the arrival of the varroa mite in the UK, which had a major adverse impact on bee coloni...
  30. 21 March 2019 The University of Plymouth in partnership with B4 (a community interest company: Bringing Back Black Bees) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have started a 4 year PhD study to investigate suggestions from bee-keepers that different sub-species have a suite of different behaviours and characteristics in comparison to other sub-species, and further that these might be highly regional in their nature. The project will measure these differences, and match those with genetic signatures to confirm the lineage of bees showing different traits. It also aims to identify the parts of the genome that might be under rapid change in these sub-species. While some of the trait differences might be well-established in the bee-keeping community, to date published, robust empirical evidence is lacking. The kinds of traits that we’re interested in gathering data on are, for example, drone brood timings, worker brood cycle, and thriftiness. We will inves...
  31. The University of Plymouth in partnership with B4 (a community interest company: Bringing Back Black Bees) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have started a 4 year PhD project to investigate suggestions from bee-keepers that different sub-species have a suite of different behaviours and characteristics in comparison to other sub-species, and further that these might be highly regional in their nature. The project will measure these differences, and match those with genetic signatures to confirm the lineage of bees showing different traits. It also aims to identify the parts of the genome that might be under rapid change in these sub-species. While some of the trait differences might be well-established in the bee-keeping community, to date published, robust empirical evidence is lacking. The kinds of traits that we’re interested in gathering data on are, for example, drone brood timings, worker brood cycle, and thriftiness. We will investigate these...
  32. Tuesday 12 March 2019 The team of young beekeepers who will represent the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers in July has been chosen. This year the event is being held in Banska Bystrica in Slovakia from the 3rd to the 7th of July.  Three 14 year old beekeepers were selected at a special recruitment day, plus a 16 year old reserve beekeeper. They are,  from left to right, Izzy Campbell from Newcastle, reserve, Natalie Phillips from Liverpool, William Akers from Buckinghamshire and Ben Sullivan from Norfolk.  All of them had to pass written and practical exercises either individually or in a group and show that they were competent at handling honeybees.  They were also followed by a team from the Discovery Channel who will be following them to the IMYB and finding out how Beekeeping differs around the world.  William Akers said: "I was amazed to be selected and am keen on working in agriculture and p...
  33. If you think you've got what it takes to offer a sanctuary to honey bees get in touch. We are currently in the process of mapping sites across the UK where people have land to house beehives. Our aim is to get you teamed up with one of our 25,000 > beekeepers and set up a mutual relationship between the host, beekeeper, and of course the bees! And if you think you might not have enough forage available this year, don't fear. There is a lot of research around right now about the best plants for pollinators, and we have a great guide available here to tell you what you can get planting to gear up to be the ideal Bee and Bee.  To register your place on the forthcoming map, please send your postcode / email address / a photo of the land and tell us whether you're a business or it is a personal address to claire.hartry@bbka.org.uk  MAP COMING SOON!
  34. All the information gathered in this survey will be confidential and used only in the pursuit of brining this book up to a publishable standard. You may withdraw consent for your data to be included at any time by emailing z.mccullaghgeorge1@unimail.derby.ac.uk
  35. Adopt a Beehive is temporarily unavailable whilst we review the scheme. Please note that any orders we have received up till now will be sent out as normal and your money will still go straight to Honey Bee Health research. Thank you so much for your support. You will still receive your updates throughout the year. If you would still like to support BBKA please donate and leave a comment. If you haven't already, you can sign up to our newsletter (link below) to keep up-to-date.
  36. This vacancy will close at midnight on 28 February 2019. You are able to view the vacancy by clicking on this link:  https://applications.work-for-scotland.org/intranet/job_search_view.aspx?preview=preview&jobId=13647  
  37. 11th March 2019 The IMYB Assessment took place on 10th March at Stoneleigh Head Quarters and organiser Simon Cavill says a fine team has been assembled for the meeting in July. As well as the team for this year he said there were some enthusiastic future candidates that attended who will be all set to join future teams as they now have a real feeling for what the meeting is about.Three 14 year old beekeepers were selected at a special recruitment day. They are, Natalie Phillips from Liverpool, William Akers from Buckinghamshire and Ben Sullivan from Norfolk.  5th Jan 2019Calling all teen beeks…It’s that time of year again when we start recruiting young beekeepers for the 2019 IMYB which is in its 10th year and is being held in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, on the  3rd July - 7th July 2019. As before, we are looking for a team of three teen beeks aged between 12-17 with either the BBKA Basic or Junior Assessment (or equivalent experience) to come on an all expenses paid...
  38. 13 February 2019 The first Asian Hornet of 2019 has been found in the British Isles. A foundress queen hornet emerged from hibernation at St Heliers Bay on the island of Jersey. The hornet had been sheltering in hessian used to protect ships cables. She was captured.  Last year, Asian hornet hunters and pest controllers on the island, found and destroyed more than 50 nests estimated to produce 200 queens each.  Even with high winter mortality, it's expected to be a testing season for island beekeepers.  -ends- 
  39. I have just read an article on dorsoventral abdominal vibrating dance (DVAV) and I think we as Beekeepers need to take on the message – ‘work is on the horizon’. Not the Spring Inspections or frantic frame making or even booking tickets for the Spring Convention, but we need to be busy. Now is the time to take an extra stroll around woodlands before they come into leaf to check no uninvited guests have been building nests. There won’t be any Asian Hornets in the nests but it may indicate that there could be overwintering queens about to emerge in the area. Hopefully your area Association has established an Asian Hornet team with each branch or club in the Association having their own team. It is really important that each member of the team is aware of the main identification points of the Hornet and has an information card to refer to if needed (these can be obtained from the NBU or downloaded from their website). Every beekeeper team member needs to be sure...
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  41. John Canning - elected January 2019 ADM for a 3 year term I am a recently retired GP and have been keeping bees for 6 years. For over 30 years I have been involved in organisations, at both local and national levels, which are representative and democratic. I have been particularly keen to ensure safe and accountable structures are in place to enable the organisation to concentrate on its primary objectives. I am passionate about beekeeping, and the need for clear national representation to ensure that the BBKA provides a strong voice for honeybees and beekeepers. My experience of changing representative organisations will be helpful the to the Trustees. I am also committed to ensuring that central organisations help local ones to flourish. Email here 
  42. Why Do Bees Make Honey? Honey bees are special in that they overwinter as a colony, unlike wasps and bumblebees (see Biology). The colony does not hibernate but stays active and clusters together to stay warm. This requires a lot of food, which is stored during the summer. Although a hive only needs 20-30 lb of honey to survive an average winter, the bees are capable of collecting much more, if given storage space. This is what the beekeeper wants them to do. Bees have been producing honey in the same way for over one hundred and fifty million years How Much Honey Can One Beehive Produce? One hive can produce 60 lb (27 kg) or more in a good season, however an average hive would be around 25 lb (11 kg) surplus. Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey, that’s 2.2 times around the world. Romans used honey instead of gold to pay their taxes. How Does The Beekeeper Get The Honey From The Bees? The queen bee is kept below the upper boxes (called &lsquo...
  43. 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. Bee bread 'Edible grade' pollen or 'bee bread' is a mixture of plant pollen and honey, which bees mould into granules and store in their honeycombs. Plant pollen can make you sneeze and have a runny nose and eyes if you are allergic to it, but people eat bee...
  44. Shop for honey and you'll see that some are lighter, others are darker. In general, the darker the honey, the better its antibacterial and antioxidant power. Honey was known to the Greeks as the "food of the Gods." Honey was used in WWI to treat soldiers wounds. It is still used in wound dressings  today - medical grade honey is found to work against bacteria and fungi by creating a moist healing environment that is antibacterial in nature.
  45. 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 
  46. Legs – The honey bee has three pairs of legs, six legs in total. However, the rear pair is specially designed with stiff hairs to store pollen when in flying from flower to flower. This is why a heavily laden  worker bee is seen to have two golden pouches in full season. The front pair of legs has special slots to enable the bee to clean its antenna. Wings – The honey bee has four wings in total. The front and rear wings hook together to form one big pair of wings and unhook for easy folding when not flying. Eyes – Incredible as it may seem, the honey bee has FIVE eyes, two large compound eyes and three smaller ocelli eyes in the centre of its head.
  47. For any branches or associations who are yet to nominate their AHAT coordinator, please email gen.manager@bbka.org.uk with the details. You will find our advice here  Please action this asap to ensure we can all help the Government in the coordinated response to this invasive species.
  48. National Bee Unit identification poster These resources can be ordered direct from the NBU office by contacting nbu@apha.gsi.gov.uk - but to save time and money you can also download the files above and print them yourselves PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE ASIAN HORNET IDETIFICATION APP HERE FOR FREE
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  50. Each BBKA branch or Area Association is being asked to set up a team that can assist with local requests for help in identifying Asian Hornets. We thank the AHATs in Devon for their guidance and forethought with this.  Please download the file for full details.     download file O Please find a written overview from the Government of all the relevant Organisations in relation to the response on Asian Hornets.      download file You can find your local AHAT here