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  1. A generous legacy gave rise to the concept that the BBKA office building and apiary garden could be re-modelled to provide the facilities needed for an educational visitor centre aimed at schools and community groups.  The vision is to invite groups to spend time with us learning about honey bees and pollinators, their importance to the environment and how this aligns to the National Curriculum.   We are now in the process of recruiting a Schools and Community Engagement Officer to work with us to get this exciting project ready for launch and to continue to develop and grow the programme moving forward.  The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 3rd November 2021. For a full Job Description and application details click here. Work has been completed to extend the office building in order to create a modern training hall which is bright and airy and includes all of the latest equipment.  This includes a kitchen area and disabled toilets. Exten...
  2. September 21, 2021 The next module examination date is 13th November 2021, applications must be submitted online before 30th September 2021. When completing the application form, you will need to select your preference for online or in person at a local venue. Both formats of the exam  will be run at the same time. How to get an application form Contact your local association Education Secretary and they will email you a unique link to the online application form, the link can only be used once so please make sure you have all the information ready before starting the application. During the application process you will be asked to pay the examination fees via credit card. Is the Online examination any different from the written paper? The online examination follows the exact layout and questions of the written paper, however there are nuances to navigating through the paper and viewing the questions. Take a tour around the Online Exam and learn some tricks and tips...
  3. Latest Media Pack information for BBKA News Magazine Editor, BBKA News:   Mrs Sharon Blake Email: sbeditor@yahoo.co.uk     Tel: 01460 242124 Deputy Editor, BBKA News:    Dr Christine Knott Email:  christineknott2421@yahoo.co.uk     Tel:  07765 130203 Advertising Sales, BBKA News:  Mrs Sally Carter Email:  sally.carter@bbka.org.uk    Tel: 07989 533495 Advertising Rate Card Advertising Booking Form Technical Details - Advert Sizes Technical Details - Artwork Specification Terms & Conditions
  4. Welcome to Asian hornet week 2021 There will be  a Q&A broadcast live on BBKA's YouTube channel on Friday 10th September at 7.30pm. To submit questions please email diane.drinkwater@bbka.org.uk or join us on Friday. Update on Asian hornets 2021 by Nigel Semmence  YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko8dxy7hnZ4 Dr Peter Kennedy's talk covers work done by a large body of European researchers all involved in the Atlantic Positive project YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5soCtcG-56E Eleanor Jones presentation on Asian hornet diet YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwMoF17f-T4 Asian hornet nest summary YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCfbMZI7Hgs Asian hornet update from Ireland YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMzAO25fV20
  5. Living with a disability makes you rethink many aspects of life, including whether you are able to become a beekeeper, as Zec Richardson explains. All photos are courtesy of Zec Richardson. I first took an interest in beekeeping around about 1994. One summer, every lunchtime at work, I would sit outside behind the aircraft hangar where some bees had nested in an old hut that had a hole in the door. I sat close by and some of the bees would land on me before going into the hive. It was then that I became interested in bees. My wife had always said that if we had a garden over 70 feet long, I could then have a hive as she is not the most confident with bees, wasps or anything that flies near her. When we moved into the property we are living in now, the garden was 100 feet long, but she laughed and said: “no chance”, before I had said anything. So, it was a shock when one day, out of the blue she turned to me and said: “Okay you can have a hive!” Weighin...
  6. For further details of our Apiary & Education appeal click here.
  7. All BBKA News Special Issues are available from the shop together with our laminated sheets.  All prices include postage and packing. Bulk orders of ten or more copies qualify for a price reduction.  Click here for order form. Please email completed order forms to bbka@bbka.org.uk and we will get back to you to confirm total cost including postage and packing.  Payment can be made by bank transfer or by card over the phone and a receipt will be sent with the parcel. 
  8. With thanks to the presenters involved, the BBKA is delighted to bring you several of the presentations from the 2021 Spring Convention. These presentations are available on the BBKA YouTube Channel. Please subscribe to the channel, it is free to do so, and if you subscribe to the channel and 'click the bell' you will receive updates when more videos are uploaded. Margaret Murdin: BBKA Exam Technique and Module 1 This presentation is suitable for anyone taking any of the BBKA Module exams and covers all types of exam techniques and the difficulties usually faced by candidates. Past papers of module 1 are used throughout, but techniques covered are relevant to all modules. Margaret Murdin has been keeping bees for 20 years and is a Master Beekeeper. She has won the prestigious Wax Chandlers Award for the highest marks in the BBKA exams and holds the NDB. Margaret has recently stood down after 8 years as a BBKA Trustee and is a Past President, assistant moderator and exam...
  9. Stephen Donohoe who wrote the book "Interviews with Beekeepers" tells us about his friend Peter Little:  Peter Little ( Dec 1955-July 2021 ) On July 25th the community of beekeepers lost a great man. Peter Little of Exmoor Bees and Beehives moved on to the great apiary in the sky. I met him several times and, of course, interviewed and photographed him for my book. Along with may others, I had long conversations with him on the telephone at ridiculous times in the night, and I held him in great affection.  Peter was an introvert. However, once we met, he was a friendly and entertaining host. He hated mobile phones and would never own one. He said that aeroplanes were terrible polluting things and suggested that they all be grounded, broken up and turned into pots and pans. He bred Buckfast bees, sometimes using the isolated mating station on Dartmoor that Brother Adam set up. He possessed many items of historical importance from the Buckfast heyday and handed some o...
  10. 9th August 2021 Cleveland Beekeepers Association (CBKA) has set up a new observation hive in the Discovery Centre at Newham Grange Farm in Middlesbrough. The bees are already hard at work giving visitors an up close insight into the lives of these fascinating creatures.  Three of the Association's expert beekeepers will be on site every Friday at 2pm to inspect the hive and chat to visitors.  The hive was previously situated in the Children's Room at the Dorman Museum from the 1960s before being donated to a CBKA member.  Ian Peacock, Chair of the CBKA, said: "We often use mobile observation hives at show to engage people and encourage them to be more bee aware.  "It's great that it's now found a permanent home at Newham Grange and will continue to fascinate and delight new visitors and bring back happy memories for a great many people who will remember it down the years." Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mieka Smiles said: "It's so important right...
  11. Asian Hornet Week 2021 6th - 10th 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. Presentations for Asian hornet week can be found here 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.  Our patron, Jimmy Doherty, has sent this message for Asian Hornet Week: YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNpX59-uWHQ Asian hornet press release We have also prepared a press release you can send to local radio stations and newspapers: asi...
  12. Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the 'Asian hornet' is an invasive non-native species from Asia. If you find one you MUST report it. It arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly. As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems It is expected that the places it is most likely to be found in numbers are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or in goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber).  Active between April and November (peak August/September). Three Easy Steps 1. Does it look very black? 2. Has it got a wide orange stripe on 4th segment of abdomen?  3. Do its legs look as if they have been dipped in yellow paint? Animal & Plant Health Agency have put together a short film to help you id...
  13. Prizes await the best digital photograph in each of the following 3 categories: Wasps or hornets foraging, this does not need to be for nectar or on a flower but those images are acceptable Wasps or Hornets in flight Wasp or Hornet nest Rules for entry Each digital photograph must be in a jpeg format and be 1.5Mb – 5Mb. Images entered in the wrong format will not be judged. Please clearly state your Name and Address on each entry but do not embed the information into the image.  A maximum of 2 entries for each class may be submitted. The images may be of the Asian Hornets ( Vespa velutina ) or European Hornets (Vespa crabo) or Wasps commonly found in the UK. By entering the competition you are agreeing to the use of your images by BBKA News, the BBKA Website, BBKA course material and our sponsors E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd  but we will of course acknowledge you on the photo. Entries must be received by 20th September 2021.  The decision of the judges is...
  14.                                         Did you know that the British Army is providing much-needed homes for several species of bees, some of which are Britain's most endangered native species?  This week as part of Bees Needs Week, an annual event coordinated by the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), we highlight some of the work being done across the Defence estate by Army and civilian personnel to create bee-friendly environments to help ensure the pollinators are protected for the future. Bee nests or hotels as they are often referred to, can be found on sites across the Defence Estate including Donnington, Bicester, West Moors, Gosport and Abbey Wood with more planned. Made of different sized hollow tubes, a bee hotel is a great way to help solitary bees, including Red Mason bees, by providing much needed shelter. A bee will live there...
  15.   The following members of staff are based at the Stoneleigh Office.     Leigh Sidaway General Manager also General Secretary gen.manager@bbka.org.uk   Sarah Snelson Deputy Manager and Examinations Officer also Correspondence Course Manager sarah.snelson@bbka.org.uk   Liz Leddy Officer Administrator  liz.leddy@bbka.org.uk Erica Challis Website & Fundraising Administrator erica.challis@bbka.org.uk   Sarah Laidler Management Accountant sarah.laidler@bbka.org.uk Michelle Walsh Finance Administrator & Membership Secretary michelle.walsh@bbka.org.uk Debbie Lee Accounts Assistant and Purchase Ledge Clerk debbie.lee@bbka.org.uk       Diane Roberts Press Officer diane.roberts@bbka.org.uk 07841 625797   Please contact our Press...
  16. The 2021 National Honey Show takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ  on 21st - 23rd October. The National Honey Show is the UK’s premier honey show with international classes, lectures and workshops.  British Beekeepers Association qualified honey judges are invited to work at the Show and the BBKA and it’s members support it. The National Honey Show team is concerned that the BBKA office has been receiving time wasting enquiries about the show.   The National Honey Show is a separate entity from the BBKA so please don’t bother BBKA office staff with Show enquiries.     For more information about the National Honey Show please visit the website www.honeyshow.com  and for specific enquiries please contact the National Honey Show General Secretary gensec@honeyshow.co.uk This year there are a number of new...
  17. Bees Needs Week:    12th - 18th July 2021 The BBKA will be sharing our favourite beekeeping moments on our social media: sharing our members photos of their beekeeping and our most popular stories from the last 12 months. Follow us on social media. These are the five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained: 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 Our patron, Jimmy Doherty, sent this message in support of Bees Needs Week: YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61X1Hpr4S-c ARMY HAS A NEW HIVE OF ACTIVITY Did you know that the British Army is providing much-needed homes for several species of bees, some of which are Britain's most endangered native species? This week as part of Bees Needs Week, an annual event coordinated by the Department of Environm...
  18. The Veterinary Medicine Directorate’s (VMD) have become aware of a number of unauthorised veterinary medicines/treatments being advertised and sold for a variety of honey bee issues including:- Varroa, Nosema disease (nosemosis) and Tracheal mites (acarapisosis). We advise members to always use authorised products and also to submit a complaint if they see unauthorised veterinary medicine or products being advertised: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/report-an-animal-product-being-marketed-as-a-medicine   There is a list of all the current UK authorised products for bees on the VMD’s product database. Click search at the bottom of the page, select ‘Bees’ in ‘Species’ and then click ‘Run Search’. More detailed guidance on both how to report suspected illegal activity and how the VMD will deal with these reports can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/report-illegal-animal-medicines
  19. Article by Tim Lovett, BBKA Past President, published in the June edition of BBKA News. Professor Ian Gibson PhD, 1938–2021 The MP who served beekeeping so well By Tim Lovett, BBKA Past President Ian Gibson passed away on Friday 9 April 2021 after a short illness. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the BBKA in 2010 in recognition of his seminal active support and encouragement to the BBKA in a period of great importance for bees and beekeeping. Indeed, he played no small role in putting beekeeping front and centre at Westminster and the country at large, and as a result, was hugely helpful in engaging with the public in getting key messages over to them. The corporate memory of the BBKA may have a number of lacunae, so it is worth revisiting Ian’s involvement and contribution. Ian Gibson graduated and obtained his PhD at Edinburgh University. A geneticist, he did post-doctoral research at Universities of Indiana and Washington before returning to the UK as a lect...
  20. In summer we get many calls and questions from people with bees in their buildings, outbuildings and bird boxes. Often these turn out to be bumblebees. Below we show you how to identify them.  Step 1 - Identification As well as honeybees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK. To find out what type of bees you have please see the pictures below. Honeybees There can be variation in the colour of the main body or abdomen of honeybees, from honey coloured Italian bees to very dark native Black honeybees but all will form a distinctive cluster when they have settled as a swarm. Honeybees have large hairy eyes, a furry chest or thorax and distinctive bent antennae.  d  This is a swarm of honeybees gathered on a wall. There are more pictures of swarms here honeybee swarms If you are sure they are honeybees then again follow the link at the bottom of the the BBKA website swarm page  . This allows you to...
  21. In summer we get many calls and questions from people with bees in their houses, outbuildings and gardens.   There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one european honey bee (Apis mellifera).  As well as honey bees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK.  Please see below to help identify what type of bee you have and who to approach for help and information.   If you have honey bees in the structure of your property If you feel you need to have the bees destroyed please contact a local reputable pest control company.  Bees are endangered but they are not protected.  Click here for the link to the Health & Safety Executive guide to Honey bees and biocides:  Our volunteers beekeepers can only assist in cases of swarms OF HONEY BEES. See our page of photos of honeybee swarms To Jump straight to the Swarm map click here To support the work of the BBKA please DONATE ...
  22. Bee Diseases Insurance click through Long Service Certificate - downloadable application form  Swarm Collectors Protocol BBKA Calendar of Events & Important Dates 2021 Risk assessment for Schools visit with observation hive Risk assessment for a training apiary Asian hornet team documents AHT Online Assessment - flowchart  Asian hornet teams Summary reports of BBKA Trustee Meetings can be found on the Meetings & Reports page of BBKA EC and Office section.
  23. 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
  24. Order Form for Leaflets Allotment Beekeeping (L015) Cost: £0.07 each    Size: A4 3 Fold    Edition: February 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Bees, Neighbours & Siting an Apiary (L011) Cost: £0.12 each    Size: DL 4 Fold    Edition: June 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ BFTB Arable Beginners Bugology / Friends in the Fields / Mosey in the Margins Leaflets       Cost: Please download for free from the Back from the Brink website: https://naturebftb.co.uk/the-projects/colour-in-the-margins/  Size: A4    Edition: November 2020  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Collecting a Swarm (L004) Cost: Please download for free    Size: A4 3 Fold ...
  25. BBKA Hive Keeping Record Sheet 
  26. For those of arranging a Honey Show and needing a Judge here is the link to the list of BBKA Show Judges
  27. Beekeeping Organisations National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) Welsh, Scottish and Ulster BBKA equivalents (WBKA, SBKA, UBKA) Bee Farmers' Association (BFA) In Europe Confederation of National Beekeeping Associations (CONBA) The Central Association of Beekeepers (CABK) Government groups Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) National Bee Unit (NBU) Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) Regional Bee Inspectors (RBIs) Seasonal Bee Inspectors (SBI) BeeBase - an initiative by NBU Bee Health Advisory Forum - minutes available from previous meetings The Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) - pesticide poisoning The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) The Institute of Arable Crop Research (IACR) at Rothamsted Other groups Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) International Bee Research Association (IBRA) British Honey Importers and Packers A...
  28. In response to member queries about making and selling wax wraps and lip balms we have collated some useful information Additional insurance will be needed for manufacturing and selling of cosmetic products and wax wraps. We recommend you do your own research on the insurances available for these products and ensure that you comply with all legal requirements.  Trading standards may also have information on the legal aspects too. BBKA News articles are available to members on the BBKA News Archive site Articles by By Dr Sara J Robb,  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Beeswax Lip Balm September 2019 BBKA News  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Emulsions January 2020 BBKA News  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Body Butter Bars October 2019 BBKA News  Making and Selling Cosmetics: Beeswax and Honey Soap December 2019 BBKA News  Articles by Andy Bullen, Health and Safety Manager and Safety Assessor, ADSL Ltd Selling Hive Product Cosmetics...
  29. Enhance your association activities and extend your educational programme by booking a speaker. Tips for looking after your speakers:  Make contact with potential speakers well in advance, many are booked up to a year ahead. Send your speaker a reminder a week or so before, with clear directions and map on how to find the venue. Check your speaker's equipment needs. If your speaker is travelling a long distance, be prepared to provide accommodation/ dinner costs. Provide a parking space as close to the venue as possible. Don't forget to send a note of thanks. Speakers' Directory
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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- 
  33. Help the British Beekeepers’ Association raise essential funds for research into the threats which honeybees face.  Please give generously. Current Research Projects  These are some of the exciting projects we are currently supporting. Dr Barbara Smith, University of Coventry  Dr Smith is planning to evaluate the effect of particulate matter (pollution) on honey bee colonies by placing sensors in apiaries which will monitor the presence of particles of 10 microns and smaller ones of 2.5 microns.  She is looking to recruit beekeepers in the Midlands to take part in this study and to provide samples of bees and hive products. To take part in this project register on this page https://www.thrivinghive.co.uk/take-part or Email Dr Barbara Smith for more information. Professor Juliet Osborne and Dr Peter Kennedy.  University of Exeter  This group have a large project working on various aspects of the Asian Hornet some of whic...
  34. Book now for Advanced Husbandry Assessment training courses 2021 Click here to book
  35. 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
  36. 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...
  37. 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- 
  38. Friday 9 April 2021 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...
  39. Friday 9 April 2021 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 cha...
  40. 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.&n...
  41. 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...
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. BBKA Beacon Schools Mission Statement BBKA Beacon School status is awarded to those schools who demonstrate sustained 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 with their local communities.  The aim is to establish a pool of schools with the required knowledge, experience and set up to provide support to others and to demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits to children keeping bees can bring. 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...
  45. 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 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝❤️
  46. 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...
  47. See press release from University below:  -ends-
  48. 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...
  49. 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...