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  1. As our petition to Stop the Importation of Honeybees into GB from the EU via Northern Ireland has passed 10,000 the point at which the government has to give a response Defra have responded and you can see that below. We need to get to 100,000 signatures to get the petition debated in Parliament. "We recognise the serious threat posed by small hive beetle. EU areas affected by this pest are not permitted to export to the UK. Strict controls apply to imports into the UK from other areas" "The Government recognises that some beekeepers are concerned about the new trading arrangements and the risks of exotic pests entering Great Britain, in particular small hive beetle. Small hive beetle would present a serious threat to our honey bees if it were to arrive in the UK. This invasive pest has only been detected in one part of Europe, namely southern Italy, and exports of bees from the affected region into either Great Britain or Northern Ireland are not permitted. Imports o...
  2. Reporting Varroa Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union. To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Insp...
  3. The problem is that at least one beekeeping business has said that they want to import bees to the UK through Northern Ireland. The bees they are sourcing come from southern Italy where a serious invasive species and parasite of bees, the Small Hive Beetle is established. The inspections on bees are extremely limited and we are fearful that a small, clubbed antenna, beetle will be able to evade their scrutiny and be imported to the mainland.  Please Sign the parliamentary petition to stop this!  CLICK HERE This is the larvae of small hive beetle within a hive. Please Sign the parliamentary petition to stop this!  CLICK HERE >>>https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/577603 And please support the work we do -ends- 
  4. Help British Beekeepers Association raise funds for research into the threats honeybees face  Every year the British Beekeepers Association selects scientific projects from a wide range of subjects that benefit bees and beekeeping.  These might include bee behaviour, bee husbandry, pollination, forage or the environment.  Grants are given to researchers on a rolling basis throughout the year - that way if someone has a particularly brilliant idea they do not have to wait until they can apply they can do it straight away. Current research We are currently supporting the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology who have started analysing honey samples to monitor how the pollen content of honey varies  & which plants & trees honeybees favour.  We have given funds to Sussex University to create a national database of plant/pollinator interactions which will record which plants support all pollinators including honeybees.  ...
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  6. Help the bees by encouraging people to not cut their lawns whilst important early spring forage is flowering If you want to help promote this then please download and share any of these images. Some associations have written to their local press and got coverage of the importance of early flowers for food for bees. Follow us on social media https://twitter.com/britishbee https://www.facebook.com/TheBritishBeekeepersAssociation https://www.instagram.com/britishbeekeepers/ There are 5 simple actions everyone can take to help pollinators: Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees Let your garden grow wild Cut your grass less often Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots Think carefully about whether to use pesticides Here's a press release you can download and send to local media:  saynotothemow!.docx PDF version
  7. Catch-up on Spring Convention for Only £12 until 31st May 2021 Register for Spring Convention or log in here  When you're logged in to the Spring Convention website you'll see this on the lobby page: The Catch-up Video on demand option is the one to use. The recordings will be available until 31st May 2021. This gives you plenty of time to watch the presentations again. YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOq0OQJ6-_I Register for Spring Convention or log in here 
  8. BBKA Spring Convention Feedback  Please leave us feedback on your thoughts on this year's spring convention Click here to give Feedback 
  9. Keynote Address BBKA Spring Convention 2021: Tipping Points and Perceptions It is an understatement to say that humankind faces many challenges many of which are of its own creation. Honey bees and humans have had a long relationship and species of the genus Apis, and many other bee species have contributed greatly to human civilisation around the world. The British Isles are no exception to this. Our reliance on pollinators and the particular contribution made by the honey bees should be front and centre in our society’s planning for the future. This short presentation considers several topics and introduces the question as to whether we have reached a series of tipping points in our beekeeping and whether our current practices and perceptions really are fit for purpose and in the best interests of our honey bee. Dr David Aston is a Master Beekeeper having kept bees continuously for 40 years in the East Riding Of Yorkshire. He holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping, has b...
  10. This year the BBKA Spring Convention will be a virtual event starting Thurs 15 April at 19.30 running through to Sun 18 April. It costs just £10 for access to the whole event including more than 20 lectures, presentations and live Q&As as well as some more social sessions.  There is free-to-view content including a virtual trade show – the Market Place - where viewers can access information and offers from more than 40 specialist beekeeping equipment and clothing suppliers and other traders as well as not-for-profit organisations. In addition to the science and practical beekeeping sessions during the day there are some more light-hearted events in the evenings to enjoy including Locked Down with Bill Turnbull, input from our Patron Jimmy Doherty and a Bees-A-Buzzing quiz session.  Registration is £12 from Friday - Click here to register Click here to download the full programme Complimentary registration for BBKA Junior and School members is ava...
  11. FAQ for during the event - Download   If you have registered and not received a link please check your spam or junk mail. Feedback survey Dr Peter Kennedy had links in his presentation to videos, are these links available?  Yes:  https://youtu.be/BOISlE0FYjU https://youtu.be/vS5euQ0MDII FAQ about registration The blue chat option is for technical assistance. Ask the speaker a question using the submit a question box next to the video.   Once you've registered you'll see this page, to view the live talks click on the Event Timetable. 
  12. Recording of Asian hornet conference 2021 YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmxGxklkVWo Timings for talks 8:50 Steve Martin Biology of the Asian (yellow legged) hornet 1:24:27 Nigel Semmence 2:06:16 Eric's video during lunch 2:43:56 Dr Sandra Rojas-Nossa The Atlantic Positive project and some of the research and experience from Galicia 3:43:26 Dr Peter Kennedy Current & ongoing University of Exeter Asian Hornet research 4:42:57 Dr Eric Darrouzet Research on Asian Hornets in Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte (IRBI) France 5:38:10 Questions
  13. The National Bee Centre was opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh on 5th July 2000 The then President of the BBKA, Michael Badger, and members of Her Majesty's Government were present when the Duke unveiled a commemorative plaque.  He had earlier met representatives of beekeeping associations outside the new headquarters.  -ends- 
  14. Friday 9 April  Defra and the Welsh Government are asking beekeepers and bee farmers to do a survey about training that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry.  How can training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers be improved? Have your say by taking a survey.   Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.    A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and...
  15. Friday 9 April  The BBKA is issuing a warning to beekeepers to check their bees for starvation and European Foulbrood during this cold snap.  Emergency feeding may be needed. It would be advisable to check the food levels by opening the hive and making a very quick observation of their store levels. It is also important to check that hives have small entrances as Foulbrood is about in some areas and small colonies or those suffering disease may not be able to defend themselves from infected intruders if they have a large opening to defend.  Strong colonies may try to rob weaker ones and thus contract the infections. It is probably not possible to inspect the colonies as it is still too cold, but the best defence is to ensure they all have food. You can make a careful inspection of their brood to check for infections when it is warm enough.  Key points to remember are: • The colony may still have stores available which are at the other end of the brood ch...
  16. This year the BBKA Spring Convention will be a virtual event starting Thurs 15 April at 19.30 running through to Sun 18 April. It costs just £10 for access to the whole event including more than 20 lectures, presentations and live Q&As as well as some more social sessions.  Register now for Spring Convention 2021 Donate to support BBKA Research 1 Keynote Address: Tipping Points and Perceptions – Dr David Aston  Thursday, 15 April 19.35 - 20.30 Sponsor C.B.Dennis Trust  It is an understatement to say that humankind faces many challenges many of which are of its own creation. Honey bees and humans have had a long relationship and species of the genus Apis, and many other bee species have contributed greatly to human civilisation around the world. The British Isles are no exception to this. Our reliance on pollinators and the particular contribution made by the honey bees should be front and centre in our society’s planning for the future. Thi...
  17. BBKA Spring Convention 2021 Programme Download here Donate to support BBKA Research
  18. Help BBKA raise funds for our new schools learning Apiary which will be a live resource for learning about the environment and pollinators YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVWzifzgfRE Filmed by fridaysky : www.fridaysky.co.uk   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 imperative we train a new generation too as the average age of a beekeeper in the UK is 65. What your donations have paid for The paths around the area have been laid out and the base of the cabin has been installed. The building is expected to go up shortly.&nbs...
  19. 24 March 2021 Beekeeping Associations,  from all around the UK,  are in agreement that the importation of bees from overseas is totally against best practices for the protection of our environment. The problem is that at least one beekeeping business has said that they want to import bees to the UK through Northern Ireland. The bees they are sourcing come from southern Italy where a serious invasive species and parasite of bees, the Small Hive Beetle is established. The inspections on bees are extremely limited and we are fearful that a small, clubbed antenna, beetle will be able to evade their scrutiny and be imported to the mainland.  We have started a parliamentary petition and we are asking you all to please sign it:   Petition: Stop the importation of honey bees into GB from the EU via Northern Ireland   Photo: Crown Copyright  In 2015, the Annual Delegates Meeting of the British Beekeepers Association,  which represents more than 25...
  20. Winter Loss Survey 2021  Please use the following link to access the BBKA Winter Survival Survey https://forms.gle/D49RppfNYdqkpDpE9 The survey period is from 1st October 2020 until 1st April 2021. Don’t complete the survey form before the 1st April but please do return it before the 30th April.
  21. Please use the following link to access the BBKA Winter Survival Survey https://forms.gle/D49RppfNYdqkpDpE9 The survey period is from 1st October 2020 until 1st April 2021. Don’t complete the survey form before the 1st April but please do return it before the 30th April.
  22. BBKA Beacon Schools Mission Statement BBKA Beacon School status is awarded to those schools who demonstrate sustained and demonstrable best practice in beekeeping and apiculture acting as Centres of Excellence in the provision of on-site school apiaries and bee clubs. Beacon schools will educate their pupils about the enjoyment and appreciation of beekeeping and increase awareness in young people of the importance of bees and other pollinating insects in the environment, plus sharing their knowledge not only with other schools but also their local communities.  Beacon Schools should: show sustained commitment to beekeeping with an on site apiary registered on BeeBase follow an established curriculum related to beekeeping provide a beekeeping resource centre for other schools be available to give advice to other schools which wish to establish beekeeping. This may include information for parents,  teachers and governors. be able to demonstrate to others the advan...
  23. Help and support Bear Cool Honey Company as we support the British Beekeepers Association raising funds for research into the threats our beautiful honeybees face. Every year the British Beekeepers Association selects scientific projects from a wide range of subjects that benefit bees and beekeeping. These might include bee behaviour, bee husbandry, pollination, forage or the environment. Funds donated provide vital support to run these projects and we are happy to support the BBKA as one of our chosen charities. We already donate a percentage of funds from sales of our cards and our Adopt A Beehive Scheme and want to thank you for your support. These donations will now be added to our fundraising page so you can see the good work you are doing. Linda, Maddison & the Bear Cool Bees ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿโค๏ธ
  24. Help the bees by encouraging people to not cut their lawns whilst important early spring forage is flowering If you want to help promote this then please download and share any of these images. Some associations have written to their local press and got coverage of the importance of early flowers for food for bees. Follow us on social media https://twitter.com/britishbee https://www.facebook.com/TheBritishBeekeepersAssociation https://www.instagram.com/britishbeekeepers/ There are 5 simple actions everyone can take to help pollinators: Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees Let your garden grow wild Cut your grass less often Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots Think carefully about whether to use pesticides Here's a press release you can download and send to local media:  saynotothemow!.docx
  25. All candidates for the online module exams should now have received emails with login details and software links and instructions to set up the Inspera Exam Portal ready for the Module exams. The email contains the following information:- We recommend you print this message and instructions or at least make a note of your login details. Download PC Instructions here  Download Mac Instructions here These are your login details that you will need to test the software and carry out the formal submission test on the weekend of March 20/21st. “login details will be shown on your email here”  (You will be sent different login details for your actual exam(s) on 24th April – if you are taking more than one module there will be different login details for each module in April but only one set is needed now) This is a two stage process:   Stage 1 – Up to 19th March download and test Inspera Exam Portal software. T...
  26. Research Project Presentations. Saturday March 27th An opportunity to hear from another three of our funded research groups how they have progressed. Draft programme with approximate timings 10.30 am Introduction. Pam Hunter 10.35am - 11.05am.  Drs Rinke Rinkenoog and Matthew Pound.  University of Northumbria.  This project arose as a follow on from the previous project where urban and rural sites were compared.  They are studying whether green infrastructure, provided by businesses, in urban environments can sustain bees and other pollinators.  The work includes assessing pollinator diversity across a range of sites in the city centre.  In addition, they are analysing pollen in honey and intend to use SEM.           Q&A approx. 15 mins. 11.20am – 12.05pm.  Dr Barbara Smith. University of Coventry.  Dr Smith is planning to evaluate the effect of particulate matter (pollution) on honey...
  27. See press release from University below:  -ends-
  28. Sunday 7 Mar 2021 Beekeeping Associations from around the UK are warning that import arrangements since Brexit are causing an imminent and serious risk that the exotic bee pest the Small Hive Beetle (SHB) could be introduced to the British Isles. They have put together a briefing note for the UK government and devolved administrations. It has been signed by the following organisations:  British Beekeepers Association  Welsh Beekeepers Association  Ulster Beekeepers Association  Scottish Beekeepers Association  Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd  Science Advisor Norman Carreck The notes says:  "There is clear evidence that the proposed transfer of bees from Northern Ireland to Great Britain is not part of a legitimate trade, but rather is a way to get around the law that prevents bees being imported into Great Britain. As such it is a breach of the law. "Ultimately this will need to be tested in court, but in the meantime, bees that are going to be sourc...
  29. Environmental Science and BEES Bees have been around for about 27 million years. They can be very good at protecting themselves against predators using their sting. They can however be killed with chemicals which farmers sometimes use to keep their crops pest and disease free. This topic first covers the basic principles of sexual reproduction in plants. It stresses the importance of thorough pollination for good fruit production. It explains why bees are so very important as  pollinators of many of our crops, and touches on the threats to our bee population. Children at Key Stage 1 should be able to pick up the idea that bees move pollen around and that this helps fruit to form but at Key Stage 2 they will be able to appreciate the mechanism properly In the first instance the ovaries are the most important part. Flowers with developing ovaries are very useful to show the seeds forming (using magnifying glasses). Apple, cherry, strawberry, peas, beans, oil seed rape and wallflo...
  30. Science and BEES This topic encourages children to look more closely at these small living creatures, revealing an exciting world to explore. Because the bee has been so well researched and documented it provides a really good example of a fascinating life system. Children can use a hand lens or microscope to look at the anatomy of the bee and other common insects. Honeybees are cleverly adapted to live through the winter whilst bumble bees and solitary bees hibernate. Honeybees have antennae for touch when they are in the dark hive, a long tongue to reach nectar inside flowers and pollen sacs on their legs to transport the pollen back to the hive. It is a good opportunity to get out into the School grounds and survey the flowers available to bees in the area. The children can observe bees foraging and make and test simple hypotheses. Learning topics Looking at minibeasts             Looking at minibeasts drawings          Diffe...
  31. The Beekeeper A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, flower pollen, bee pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. The honey bee is under attack from a large wasp species not native to the UK called the Asian hornet. Varroa mites which are parasites that live on the body of the bees established themselves in the UK in the 1990s. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of Varroa mite. Pesticide use on farmers fields and in urban gardens and habitat loss in general are also a major concern. The beekeepers job is to understand and protect their colony from all of these different dangers and take care of their bees to put them under the least stress possible. Every beekeeper should know the life cycle of their hon...
  32. Wednesday 3 March  A forecast from the Rothamstead Research Group says virus yellows in the sugarbeet crop will be very low this year and neonic seed treatment will NOT be used with first flights of aphids likely to be six weeks later than last year.  The BBKA is pleased to hear this but will campaign against use of the neonics in years 2022 and 2023 which is allowed under the licence granted by Defra.  The British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) says the weather was the reason.  "With February temperatures fluctuating from very cold to unseasonably warm conditions, especially during the last three weeks of the month, this has meant the independent virus yellows forecast has been uncertain with regards to the 9% trigger threshold for the use of Cruiser SB on seed. The 1st of March forecast predicts that 8.37 % of the national sugar beet area will be affected by virus yellows by the end of August 2021."  This graph from Rothamsted Research shows the histor...
  33. Throughout the spring and summer, an herb garden has probably been the area of a garden most consistently humming with bees and other insects. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can still grow a wide range of herbs by building a “herb spiral”. The technique was illustrated nicely on a leaflet we picked up at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth 20 years ago.                   Step 1 You’ll need an area about 2m in diameter in which you can create a series of different habitats to suit a wide range of herbs. Step 2 Mark your spiral on the ground and then build your rising spiral from stone, bricks or wooden stakes, climbing to a peak in the centre. Step 3 Fill it in with soil or compost as you go, and then you’re ready to plant. The dry, sunny top will be ideal for oil-rich herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage; the more sheltered, northern side will be better suited to fleshier-le...
  34. Firstly, all associations planning beekeeping training need to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment. This needs to be assessed using current Covid Guidelines for your area. These may vary from time to time and region by region. It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with these guidelines and to keep up to date with them. The progression through the 'Road Map' needs to take into account the numbers of people allowed to meet and any 'hands face space' guidelines in force. Do not forget to count all trainers in the total numbers of people. https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/risk-assessment.htm What to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment (PDF)- Portable Document Format. You must: identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus think about who could be at risk decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk The HSE p...
  35. Asian Hornet Week 2021 6-10 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. Follow the BBKA on social media and share the Asian hornet week posts to help raise awareness Twitter Facebook Instagram  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.  Asian hornet press release We have also prepared a press release you can send to local radio stations and newspapers: asianhornetweek2021pr.pdf   A brilliant article from APHA Science blog by Peter Davies.  The threat of the Asian hornet The blog covers the background, the threat they pose...
  36. To all members - we sincerely apologise but we are currently experiencing severe technical issues with the BBKA News Archive platform. We are working towards getting these issues resolved as soon as possible. However, this is not going to be a quick fix and we ask members for their patience whilst these issues are resolved. In the meantime, please keep checking the BBKA website for an update. As soon as the platform issues are resolved, we will update the website informing members that the BBKA News Archive is back up and running. We will also issue notifications through eR2 and our social media channels.
  37. In light of the recent importation row BBKA would like to reiterate our statement on imported bees. You are reminded of the BBKA’s position of discouraging the importation of queen bees and packages from outside the UK. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves both of the origin of bees offered for sale and the regulations on bee importations pertinent to their location.
  38. Imported Bees  You are reminded of the BBKA’s position of discouraging the importation of queen bees and packages from outside the UK. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves both of the origin of bees offered for sale and the regulations on bee importations pertinent to their location. February 8 2021  Defra has published a blog setting out the law on importing bees post Brexit:  There has been a significant amount of press interest in, with some eye-catching headlines suggesting that 15m bees could be burnt under new Brexit import rules, with the story picked up in the Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Independent and Mail. So what’s happened? Since the end of the Transition Period, it has no longer been possible to import colonies or packages of bees directly into Great Britain from the EU. It’s still possible to import queen bees, and in 2020 we imported over 21,000 to GB. Anyone looking to import b...
  39. Donations from the BBKA Spring Convention for Beekeeping Research If you are having a great time at the Spring Convention and consider it a bargain, or if more than one person in your household is sharing a registration to the Spring Convention and you would like to contribute further, then additional donations are very welcome.  Rather like the individual worker bee’s nectar load, every contribution, no matter how small, will contribute to the total.  Donations will enable the BBKA to support research to benefit bees and beekeepers. Recent BBKA supported projects have included: Air pollution and bees; Insecticides, fungicides & herbicides and bees; Plants and insect interactions. This page is for additional donations. If you have come here in error to try to pay to register for the Spring Convention please return to the Spring Convention registration page.
  40. Research Grant Title:               Prey Spectrum of Asian Hornets Research Grant Period:           September 2020 to December 2022 Grantee:                                     University of Exeter Prof J.L. Osborne, Prof C.R. Tyler, Dr P.J. Kennedy, Dr J. Poidatz 1st quarter Report The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrothorax) is an invasive non-native predator, of bees and others insects, that is rapidly spreading across parts of Europe since its accidental introduction into south-west France in or before 2004.  In France, beekeepers estimate they have lost 5-80% of honeybee colonies (average 30%) in areas where Asian hornets have become well established.&...
  41. Following the ADM resolution regarding the derogation of a neonicotinoid product, the BBKA has Written to the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs Written to the Prime Minister Provided information to all Associations so their members can:- o Write to their MP, with guidance on points that can be made o Find supporting petitions and sign them if they wish. BBKA has been made aware that there is a consultation which closes on 26th February 2021 for use in the Draft National Plan, this consultation is titled Sustainable use of Pesticides. The link is below. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/pesticides-future-strategy/sustainable-use-of-pesticides-national-action- plan/consultation/intro/ This is a public consultation, and everyone can contribute. BBKA trustees have devised answers to the questions which members can use, if they wish and they are attached in the document below (numbered as per the consultation website).  A PDF of the questions to which the ans...
  42. Thursday 28 January 2021 As a result of the clear vote at the ADM to ask the government to overturn their decision to allow neonic treatments on sugar beet crops this year, the BBKA Chair has written to Associations calling on members to approach their MP and make clear their concerns and to sign any of the four petitions below:  Your ADM representative may have informed you that there was an emergency proposition at the ADM referring to the Derogation being granted for the use of a Neonicotinoid treatment of Sugar Beet seeds to be sown in spring 2021. The ADM overwhelmingly decided to oppose this use of a pesticide which was banned in all EU countries in 2018. A letter has already been sent by Margaret Wilson, BBKA President, to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. If you have not seen the derogation the link is Derogation link Fact Sheet on Neonicotinoids and Sugar beet, - Why the concern re derogation? Pam Hunter, January 2021 The Tru...
  43. Exam Board Statement about Practical Assessments and Theory Exams - 19th February 2021 BBKA members can now apply and pay for examinations and assessments online. The new examination application  administration system (EXA) went live as planned on February 15th and from this point candidates are now able to apply online rather than use a paper form. To get an online application form please ask your local Exam Secretary to email you a link. This link can be used to fill in the application form and and pay online. You will get an email receipt to confirm your application has been received. For more information about the new exam process, please visit our FAQs page https://www.bbka.org.uk/module-exam-faq Exam Board Statement about Practical Assessments and Theory Exams - 15th February 2021 BBKA members can now apply and pay for examinations and assessments online. The new examination application administration system (EXA) should go live on February 15th and...
  44. 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 2021 This page also includes an email address for each trustee as well as information about which tr...
  45. Monday 18 January 2021 More than 25,000 beekeepers are calling on the government to withdraw the derogation permitting the use of neonicotinoids on sugar beet and to allow no further breaches of the commitment to ban their use.  The annual delegate meeting, held online on Saturday 16 January, backed a motion from Hampshire delegate John Lauwery who said "this is looking to be the thin of the wedge and if we can't stand up for pollinating insects and bees who can?"  The BBKA Research Manager Pam Hunter said "The really worrying thing is that they have not only allowed a very nasty pesticide to be used but they are spraying off any flowers that come up near the treated fields saying they want to protect bees. This will cause huge environmental damage!"   Michael Badger MBE, a former President of the BBKA, said the government had gone back on an agreement to discuss anything concerning bees with the BBKA.   Delegates...
  46. Saturday 9 Jan 2021 A letter is being sent to associations saying that the BBKA is "extremely disappointed and concerned" about a licence issued today by the government that will allow the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment, thiomethoxam (Cruiser SB) for Sugar Beet crops in 2021.  It also points out that the derogation may continue for two further years and that the farming press did not indicate any more dramatic effects on the beet crop in 2020 when compared with a range of other crops all suffering with an exceptional difficult year from problematic weather conditions.  You can see the full text of the letter below:  From Margaret Wilson – President BBKA Anne Rowberry – Chair BBKA Pam Hunter – Manager Research, technical and Environmental, BBKA Beekeepers will no doubt have seen the news that the Government announce the Emergency Authorisation (derogation) for the limited use of the neonicotinoid seed treatment – thiomethoxam (...
  47. Two brilliant lectures for children by our Past President Margaret Murdin. Margaret is a Master Beekeeper, holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping and is a Past President of the BBKA but describes herself as an ordinary, practical beekeeper, currently with twenty colonies across three apiaries. Margaret began as a member of Ormskirk and Croston Branch in Lancashire where she learnt her beekeeping over the years before moving to North Oxfordshire.   Margaret's background is in education, so she is naturally interested in furthering the education and training opportunities available to our BBKA members. 'We have a duty to our bees and to the public to be as good as we can as beekeepers. We all need to update our skills from time to time and to learn about how to deal with new threats and diseases'. So, Margaret actively encourages members to keep up-to-date with training and take the Basic Assessment if they have not already done so. Margaret Murdin, past presi...
  48. Nearly 20 years since the original was published in hardback, Bees in the Curriculum owes much to the many beekeepers who have in the past shared their enthusiasm for bees with generations of children.  Scores of BBKA volunteers have contributed to this, and it is a testament to their hard work and dedication. We hope this website will be dynamic and will evolve with time. A HUGE THANK YOU TO MIRIAM KNIGHT WHO HAS MADE THIS ITERATION POSSIBLE WITH HER INVALUABLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CURRICULUM FOR THE KEYSTAGES 1 AND 2. A HUGE THANK YOU MUST ALSO BE EXTENDED TO KATHY LOVEGROVE FOR HER COLLABORATIONS AND INSIGHTS ON THIS PROJECT. Current BBKA Trustees involved in Bees in the Curriculum at the time of 2018 launch, Ken Basterfield and Diane Drinkwater. The people who gave their photographs Stephen Boulton, Celia Davies, Steve Fearn, Emily Doorish, Clive Hill, Joe de Luca, Piscigate, Russell Stallibrass, Anand Varma, Julie Vernon, Adrian Waring, Claire Waring, Adam Wright. A special...