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  1. Wednesday 25 May 2022 A long service award for 50 years of beekeeping has been presented to Frank Bell of Newcastle and District Beekeepers Association (NDBKA). The event took place on the 100th Anniversary event of NDBKA on Sunday 22 May at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.  British Beekeepers Association Chair, Stephen Barnes, and awarded the certificate at a private members evening event.  Frank Bell, who is 86, joined NDBKA in 1971. He became Chairman of the Association and served for many years. During his time as Chairman he was instrumental in breeding local black bees, probably the first to do so in the Association.  He keeps his bees in Jarrow, and still has a few colonies today, although he is no longer active within the Association.  NDBKA applied for the certificate saying "it would be lovely to recognise his services to beekeeping during this NDBKA centenary year".  How to apply for a Long Service Award The British Beekeepers Association o...
  2. Friday 0001 20 May 2022 World Bee Day is celebrated every year on the 20th May. It is a day when beekeepers raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping, and inform the public of beekeeping events where they can learn more about bees! The public can help bees by planting bee friendly plants in their gardens and encouraging their councils to plant wildflower meadows and leave grass verges alone to allow wildflowers to bloom. Here in the UK May is a busy time for beekeepers who are tending their bees and watching them progress into strong colonies and often bringing in a spring honey crop - depending on the weather and forage available. British Beekeeper's Chair Stephen Barnes talks about what he will be doing for World Bee Day https://youtu.be/AUatPnc3aY4 We also have leaflets and information about planting for bees and a Planting for bees quarterly blog available to encourage the public to help support bees by planting more food. Stockport Beekeepers Mellor School...
  3. World Bee Day Events  World Bee Day is 20th May  The public can help bees by planting bee friendly plants in their gardens and encouraging their councils to plant wildflower meadows and leave grass verges alone to allow wildflowers to bloom.  Here in the UK May is a busy time for beekeepers who are tending their bees and watching them progress into strong colonies and often bringing in a spring honey crop - depending on the weather and forage available. A message from British Beekeeper's Chair Stephen Barnes YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUatPnc3aY4 British beekeepers' Association offers leaflets and information about planting for bees and has a Planting for bees quarterly blog available to encourage the public to help support bees by planting more food. During May BBKA also supports 'No Mow May' where the public are asked to not mow their lawns for a month to allow wild f...
  4. After the bustling activity of Spring, colony growth and the excitement of swarming preparations, we turn our thoughts to Summer.  The beginning of June is often a dearth period for our bees, but one shrub which may help to alleviate this is Buddleia globosa (Orange globe tree) although not if you have a small garden as it gets big and is pretty boring the rest of the year.  Another genus of shrubs acting like a magnet for bees is Ceonothus.  There are many species and varieties in flower from May into early summer.   These range from ground-hugging plants to small trees and all bear masses of blue flowers.  Remember that some are quite tender and may need a sheltered wall.  Single roses can be useful sources of pollen but they vary widely and some are buzz pollinated so only of use to bumblebees.  Finally Cotoneaster spp. are  almost essential for the beekeeper’s garden.  Ranging from the ground covering varieties and the popula...
  5. Friday 29 April 2022 The first Asian Hornet of 2022 on the British mainland has been confirmed at Felixstowe in Suffolk. It was found in the shed of a beekeeper who keeps a sentinel apiary ( an apiary set up to monitor for diseases and pests). Here is a photograph of it:  Last year there were 2 Asian Hornet nests found on the mainland at Ascot in Berkshire and Portsmouth in Hampshire in October.  There has only been one other spring sighting of Asian Hornets at Bury in Lancashire in 2018.  Bee inspectors have set up enhanced monitoring in the area and are working to raise awareness with local beekeepers.  Felixstowe is Britain's largest and busiest container port and one of the larges in Europe with links to more than 700 ports around the world, so the NBU says this immediately suggests a possible means by which the hornet could have arrived.  Additional information from Beebase:  April 2022 - A confirmed finding of a single Asian...
  6. Many schools now keep honey bees on site and have found them to have a huge impact on  pupils. We strongly recommend that a school keeping bees becomes a member of the BBKA.  This means that a school employee needs to register as the contact with the local BBKA branch of beekeepers.  Find your local association here Costs to join are in the region of £25 pa but this varies according to local club fees. School membership includes a copy of BBKA News monthly magazine and free entry for pupils to take the Junior Beekeeping Certificate.   The Junior Beekeeping Certificate is a lovely way to encourage children's interest in beekeeping but especially perhaps those children who struggle with academic subjects.   Another benefit of joining a club is putting the school in touch with local beekeepers who may be able to help and mentor and provide advice.  Additionally beekeepers are sometimes able to visit the school and give lessons or take an...
  7. By the end of May, colonies will be at their peak and, if they have not already swarmed, expect them to be raring to do so. Certainly, in May most years, my colonies usually pack in the oilseed rape (OSR) nectar. There is always some within range. Then they make swarm preparations. I realise not everyone has OSR nearby but for the many who do, it can be a good big crop, if a difficult one because, being high in glucose, it quickly crystallises. Its honey potential is high: 101-500 kg/ha. While the neonicotinoid ban has meant less is sown, there is still plenty near me. Writing in mid-March, the season seems much more advanced than usual, so it would not be surprising if the OSR finished flowering much sooner than usual at the end of May. If there is OSR near you, keep an eye on the colour of the field. As it begins to turn from yellow to green, check the honey in the supers for ripeness by giving combs a really good shake. If little comes out, it will probably be good enough. You...
  8. If you are a school thinking of having bees on site please refer to the following guidelines and documents to help with your planning: Managing your apiary, time commitment Schools' beekeeping management plan  Model rules for the Apiary Model risk assessment
  9. 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...
  10. BBKA News Editor Vacancy The BBKA is seeking a new editor for BBKA News. After doing a superb job for thirty years as our editor, Sharon Blake has decided to pass the magazine on to someone else. BBKA News is expected to provide a wide range of content suitable to meet the needs of beekeepers who will have a range of experience. The editor is responsible for the content and production of BBKA News and reports to the BBKA editorial team. We anticipate the editor will be an active and experienced beekeeper with a sound knowledge of beekeeping practice and beekeeping policies. The role involves generating ideas for articles in line with BBKA policy; commissioning and obtaining these in a timely manner according to the publication schedule; liaising with authors and the production team and evaluating the proofs.  The production schedule is set and agreed with the editorial team, printers and distributors and the editor will need to be comfortable working as part of a team. ...
  11. An easy and tasty way of making the most of a large tin of pineapple found at the back of a cupboard, some imperfect honey and only 4oz of SR flour!  Makes 8. Two didn’t survive for photography! Ingredients: 6-8 rings of pineapple 3-8 glacé cherries (whole or halved) 6-8 dessert spoons of liquid honey 6-8 small round flan / yorkshire pudding tins, or a single swiss roll tin. A cake mix Put a dessert spoonful of honey in each tin, then a ring of pineapple and a cherry or half cherry in the centre.  If using a large baking tray, space out pineapple rings appropriately.  Top with preferred cake mix.  This was a Victoria sandwich mix (4 oz margarine, creamed with 4 oz sugar, two beaten eggs whisked in gradually and 4 oz SR flour folded in) but fatless swiss roll mix is an alternative.  Divide mix between tins, spreading mix over the pineapple - but mix will spread further during baking. Bake at 170-180C for 20-25 minutes or until each...
  12. Sieve together into a bowl: 6oz plain flour1 level dessertspoon ground ginger1.5 level teaspoons ground cinnamon1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda Liquidise: I egg3 level tablespoons liquid honey1 level tablespoon treacle4 oz sugar4 oz soft butter or margarine¼ pint of warm water   Gradually stir the liquid into the dry ingredients. The mix will become very runny. Pour all into a greased / lined 2 lb loaf tin and bake at 150C for 1hour 30 mins. If wished, a few previously soaked sultanas or finely chopped pieces of crystallised ginger can be added part-way through baking.  If added too soon, they tend to sink, as the mix is so liquid.
  13. 150ml    Double cream200g       Dark (or a mixture of dark and milk according to taste) chocolate; not ‘cooking’ chocolateChocolate or cocoa to dip60ml      Honey Diced stem ginger or orange zest to flavour. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water; add the cream and mix with any flavouring.  Cool, roll into balls (vinyl gloves help) and put in the fridge till cold. Either roll in cocoa, or use a cocktail stick to hold them as you dip them in tempered melted chocolate (white or dark chocolate works) – use the cocktail stick to stand them up to dry if possible. This can also be used as a filling in moulded chocolates.
  14. For the cake 100g dark chocolate broken into pieces275g light muscovado sugar225g soft butter125ml runny honey2 medium eggs200g plain flour1tsp Bicarbonate of soda1tsp cocoa powder250 ml boiling water  For the glaze 60ml water125ml runny honey175g dark chocolate 75 g icing sugar   Have all ingredients at room temperature, whilst this is happening melt the chocolate from the cake part of the recipe in a good sized bowl, set aside to cool slightly. Preheat oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4.  Butter and line a 23cm spring form cake tin. Beat together sugar and soft butter, then add the honey. Add one egg  with a tablespoon of flour then the other egg with another tablespoon of flour. Fold in the melted chocolate and then the rest of the flour and the bicarbonate of soda. Add the sieved cocoa powder and last of all add the boiling water, mix very well to make a smooth batter and pour into prepared tin. Cook for up to an hour and half ,  check after 45 minute...
  15. YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAtQQAiQwUI Filmed by fridaysky : www.fridaysky.co.uk Thanks to a generous legacy from a beekeeper, Jim Hopkins, together with generous donations from the public and corporate sponsors, the BBKA has been able to complete work on the office building and apiary garden to provide the facilities needed for an educational centre aimed at schools and community groups. Work has been completed to modify the office building in order to create a modern training hall with disabled facilities. Landscape gardeners have installed wooden structures and wheelchair friendly paths in the apiary garden as well as a wildlife pond and bog garden. There is a large wooden cabin which can be used as an external classroom. A large viewing window allows visitors to watch safely whilst a hive of bees is opened by a beekeeper outside. This work has enabled us to invite school groups to spend a day with us free of charge to learn about honey...
  16. The phones in the BBKA office are not working due to a powercut caused by building work. We will let you know as soon as normal service resumes.  -ends- 
  17. 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 Click here. 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 pl...
  18. 1 cup of honey1 cup of apple sauce3 eggs1tsp Cinnamon.5 tsp clove.5 tsp nutmeg2 cups flour (plain).5 tsp Baking Powder1tsp baking soda1 cup strong brewed decaffeinated coffee Method Mix first three ingredients in large bowlSieve together the dry ingredients.Add dry ingredients to wet mix alternatively with strong coffee.Beat well.Bake at 325F   160c or gas mark 3If using a large pan for 90 minutes or if in three smaller pans bake for 60 minutes.
  19. Despite uncertainties relating to Covid, the 2022 Spring Convention at Harper Adams University in Shropshire (8-10 April) proved popluar with full weekend participants, day visitors and traders alike. In addition to photo opportunities at the 'Hive Entrance', highlights included: The Workshops - participants were particularly eager for the hands-on opportunities they offered! 25 Lectures to choose from, including two virtual talks by lecturers based overseas, all included in the price of full Convention entry, and with no booking required. The BBKA Stand in the Regional Food Academy, where Trustees and staff were on hand to answer questions and sell special editions of BBKA News.  Saturdays extensive Commercial Trade Show.  Information about the BBKA online examination software (Inspera) provided by members of the BBKA Exam Board.  Excellent Harper Adams catering, particularly at the sociable dinners. These culminated in Saturday's auction, which ra...
  20. Despite uncertainties relating to Covid, the 2022 Spring Convention at Harper Adams University in Shropshire (8-10 April) proved popluar with full weekend participants, day visitors and traders alike. In addition to photo opportunities at the 'Hive Entrance', highlights included: The Workshops - participants were particularly eager for the hands-on opportunities they offered! 25 Lectures to choose from, including two virtual talks by lecturers based overseas, all included in the price of full Convention entry, and with no booking required. The BBKA Stand in the Regional Food Academy, where Trustees and staff were on hand to answer questions and sell special editions of BBKA News.  Saturdays extensive Commercial Trade Show.  Information about the BBKA online examination software (Inspera) provided by members of the BBKA Exam Board.  Excellent Harper Adams catering, particularly at the sociable dinners. These culminated in Saturday's auction, which ra...
  21. Thank you for your interest in honey bees and the British Beekeepers' Association.  Below are details of our current projects and how you can support us. Save the Bees Honey bees face many threats from climate change to loss of forage to the use of pesticides as well as pests and diseases.  Help the BBKA raise essential funds to finance research into how we can combat these threats which honey bees face.  Any funds you can give will be helping our honey bees in a very real way! Donate Now Apiary & Education Help the BBKA raise funds for our new Apiary Garden and Education Centre which is a live resource for learning, through discovery and creativity, about the importance of honey bees, pollinators, beekeeping and the environment.  Our offices in Stoneleigh provide the perfect location for our new Education Centre as we are in the heart of England and can welcome visitors from all over the UK. We are now able to invite school groups free of charg...
  22. Adapted from Marcy Goldmans treasure of Jewish Holiday Baking. 28oz     all-purpose flour1 tbsp  baking powder1 tbsp  baking sodaHalf teaspoon salt4 teaspoons ground cinnamonHals teaspoon ground clovesHalf teaspoon allspice8oz vegetable oil8oz honey12oz granulated sugar3 large eggs at room temperature1 teaspoon vanilla extract4oz warm coffee or strong tea4oz fresh orange juice2oz rye or whiskey4oz sliced almonds (Optional)   Fits into 3 loaf tins or two 9” square or round cake tins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  grease pans generously. In a large bowl whisk together the flour baking powder ,baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and all spice, then make a well in the centre. Add the wet ingredients, If you measure the oil before the honey, it will be easier to get the honey out. Using a strong wire whisk or an electric mixer on slow speed, stir together well to make a thick, well blended batter, making sure that no ingredients are stu...
  23. If you wish to have your course/event listed here then please email the details to:  bbka@bbka.org.uk
  24. Under 18 and want to test your beekeeping knowledge? Then this could be for you. The Junior certificate consists of 4 elements 10 minutes of oral questions Examine a frame of bees Present a piece of coursework Present your beekeeping diary This examination is intended to meet the requirements of schools, Scout and Guide groups together with those not qualified to enter for the Basic Assessment. Additionally, it is intended that the examination will reflect the candidates interest of apiculture and encourage them to go forward to the next examination, the Basic Assessment. To apply for the assessment, please contact your local Exam Secretary. They will be able to email you a link to the application form. You can use this to apply and pay online. You will get a receipt by email to confirm we have your application. If you are not sure how to contact your local exam secretary then check with your local association. Independent members can contact the BBKA office to receive...
  25. Oven Temp F 140 degrees Conv 160 degrees Gas 3 1 2 lb loaf tin lined with greaseproof paper. Ingredients 225g Self Raising Flour1/2  tsp ground cinnamon175 softened butter100g light muscovoda sugar3 tbs clear honey2 eggs beaten2 med ripe bananas (9oz  250g)100g stoned dates50g walnuts pieces   Tip  Flour, Cinnamon, Butter, Sugar and 2 tbs honey onto a large bowl. Mash bananas and chop date (scissors are best for this) and add to bowl.  Beat for 2/3 minutes until well blended. Spoon into tin, scatter the top with walnuts, bake for 1 hour, test to see if cooked using a dry skewer. Turn out onto a wire rack, when cold drizzle remaining honey over cake. Cut into thick slices to serve.
  26. BBKA is listing these talks as being available for beekeepers in the UK. We do not necessarily endorse the content.  To add your event to this page, please contact us at erica.challis@bbka.org.uk confirming the date, time, and details for sign up.
  27. Oven Temp F 140 degrees Fan oven.  160 degrees conventional oven.  Gas 3 250g Clear Honey and 2 tbs to glaze.225 Unsalted Butter100g Dark Muscovoda Sugar3 Large Eggs300 g Self Raising Flour  Cut butter in pieces and drop into  a medium pan with honey and sugar, melt slowly over a low heat. When mix is liquid increase heat and boil for one minute. Leave to cool for 15-20 minutes  to prevent eggs from cooking when added When cool,  beat eggs into the mixture  using a wooden spoon,. Sift the flour into a large bowl and pour in the wet mixture beating till a smooth and runny batter . Pour mixture into greased and lined cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes. Test with a dry skewer to check if cooked. Turn cake onto a wire rack, warm the 2 tbs of honey  in a small pan and brush over the cake to  give a sticky glaze.  Leave to cool.
  28. HONEY MALT LOAF Contains no eggs AND no fat10oz self raising flour1 cup mixed dried fruit1 cup sugar1 cup milk1 tablespoon treacle1 tablespoon of honeyMix all the ingredients together thoroughly.  Put into a lined greased 2lb loaf tin.  Bake for approx 1 hour at 180c.  Eat warm as it is or sliced and buttered when cold. HONEY BUNNIES 1 tablespoon honey3oz butter3 oz sugar3 oz plain flour1/2 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda3oz plain flour3oz porridge oatsMelt honey, butter and sugar.  Add dry ingredients and mix well. Place small balls on greased baking tray allowing room to spread.  Bake for 10-15 mins at Gas Mark2/ 150c. HONEY WALNUT CAKE 4oz butter8oz honey2 eggs5oz self raising flour2oz chopped walnutsCream butter and honey.  Add eggs and beat well. Fold in flour and walnuts.  Place in greased and lined tin and bake at 170c for approx 1 hour.Barbara Roderick
  29. “We have had our school apiary for 8 years now and our children love the bees. They learn such a lot through hands on experiences like this. Our children inspect the hives, learn about bees and beekeeping and each year have a go at bee breeding through grafting, cupkit, and cell punching techniques, honey extraction and bottling, and candle and cosmetic making.  We host an annual beekeeping festival for schools, and welcome others to our apiary. We offer help and advice to anyone who wishes to learn about bees and in particular setting up beehives in schools so please get in touch.  We are very proud of what we have achieved and what is still to come. The joy that beekeeping brings to our school is priceless. We are committed to providing an outdoor environment that cares for all our wildlife and all our pollinators and offers our children experiences that they will never forget, and we will continue to do so in years to come.” 
  30. The Bee Team at Heron Hill School has an excellent website which highlights the benefits of beekeeping for young people, as well as providing lots of useful information for schools who are interested in beekeeping and are looking to set up their own apiary. https://bee-team.co.uk/
  31. Welcome to our service - setting up mutual relationships across the UK between hosts and beekeepers and of course our bees! Here our beekeepers can find good citizens across the UK offering up their land for a beehive. If you're a beekeeper looking for a new home for your colony download the Beekeepers' Agreement and get in touch with a host using the map. Is my garden suitable? No simple answer but, in general,  there are fewer problems in rural gardens but more care will be needed in built up areas to avoid causing nuisance to neighbours. BBKA members are hobbyist beekeepers so may have full-time jobs and would need access to the hives in the evening and at weekends to carry out health and maintenance checks. Main considerations:  Immediate neighbours Those who will be passing close to hives such as walkers or horse riders Your own family Many people are aware of the value of bees but if you detect a negative response you should reconsider your offer. ...
  32. Monday April 4 2022 "Children really have been 'buzzing' since we left" The first school visit to the BBKA's new  Apiary Garden and Education Centre has taken place!  The 27 children and four teachers from Longford Primary School in Coventry arrived at the British Beekeepers' Association headquarters on Thursday 31st March 2022. The weather was cold with sunny spells and snowy blizzards but a full day of activities was enjoyed by all.  The day started with children being welcomed to the BBKA by Past President Margaret Murdin. Margaret is a master beekeeper with a background in education.  She has previously given a series of talks for children about bees which are available on the BBKA's YouTube channel.  Margaret explained to the children all about bees and what they do in the hive and what they make. There were lots of things for the children to look at including a hive, frames from a honey super, smokers, and hive tools.  They we...
  33. Things to check now Is every hive truly level? It is worth checking; one of last year’s hive stand legs may have sunk a bit. Do not rely on your eye, use a spirit level.  Is there encrusted propolis round the tops of your brood chambers where the frame ends are supported? If so, it is time to change them for clean ones. Mark and clip queens Are all your queens marked? It is easier to find them in April before there are too many bees. Last year’s queen colour was white, so if they are not yet marked, that is the one to use. Beginners, only beginners, I hope, may feel uneasy at the very thought of picking up a queen in their fingers. But knowing the exact location of the queen is an essential pre-requisite for many manipulations and the ability to mark her, an essential skill. If you are not confident enough to pick up a queen, use a queen marking cage; I think the crown-of-thorns is the easiest. Later, when there are plenty of drones, practice picking them up by the...
  34. 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...
  35. You are probably aware that a derogation has been approved by the Minister for Agriculture allowing the use of a banned pesticide (Cruiser SB: Thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid) to be used on sugar beet in 2022. This pesticide will be applied to seed as a dressing before planting if a high aphid count is seen. Aphids carry a virus known as Yellows which adversely affects some crops. Link to the derogation: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/neonicotinoid-product-as-seed-treatment-for-sugar-beet-emergency-authorisation-application/statement-of-reasons-for-the-decision-on-the-application-for-emergency-authorisation-for-the-use-of-cruiser-sb-on-sugar-beet-crops-in-2022 The BBKA is totally opposed to the use of this and similar pesticides due to their effect on not only honey bees but other pollinators, and the wider environment. As this matter is urgent, will you please register your opposition to the use of this type of chemical by signing any petition which opposes the use of any...
  36. BBKA has been tasked with some actions relating to the authenticity of imported honey at the 2022 BBKA Annual Delegates Meeting  Two propositions addressing the increasing problem of Adulterated Honey were passed in this year's ADM. The BBKA Executive has set up a working group to pursue the objectives of the propositions. The Group has already written to the Prime Minister and The Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to get action to reduce the importation of ‘false honey’.  The BBKA is also pushing for the labelling of blended honey to require a listing of the country of origin and the proportions of the blend. Soon there will be material available from the BBKA website, for any Association to download and use and artwork for a roller banner. This will include leaflets on adulteration of honey for public consumption.  On another front the BBKA has written in support of a researcher who has applied for funding within a multinational proj...
  37. The 44th BBKA Spring Convention is back at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, on Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 April 2022 With 20+ lectures and 40+ workshops, the programme offers topics for beginners through to experienced apiarists and something for non-beekeepers too. Covid Advice Download the Full Programme  here for details. The  Events Schedules give an overview of what’s on offer to help you plan your visit. Click for details of the Lecture Programme here and the Workshops & Seminars here. Read about Further Programme Features, the Catering and Accommodation that’s available on-site and a list of alternatives. The Trade Show will be open on Saturday 9th only this year with all main suppliers and leading companies represented. However, Non-Profit Organisations will be exhibiting on both Friday and Saturday. Trade Show Only day ticket...
  38. The BBKA welcomes the National Honey Show's initiative in setting up a Just Giving page in recognition of the long association beekeepers here have with Ukrainian Beekeepers.  Money raised will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Link below https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/National-Honey-Show The NHS is also re-establishing a category previously sponsored by Ukrainian beekeepers at the annual show.  -ends-
  39. BBKA President, Anne Rowberry, has been talking to our Patron Jimmy Doherty about the importance of the bee population for his podcast "On Jimmy's Farm".  It's estimated it would cost farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops without them, and around 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. But Anne also shares how bees are a lot more important to our existence than just their economic value. https://podfollow.com/1606172296/episode/da1685972c6649c0520bd7f35f6042d719827143/view -ends-
  40. March 8 2022 The government has produced a report showing that the only nests found last year were the two we reported in Portsmouth and Ascot. Analysis shows that neither were related to a nest the previous year in Hampshire. Analysis of 2021 Asian hornet nests Date: 3 March 2022 During the 2021 season, two Asian hornet nests were located and successfully destroyed by NBU inspectors and APHA colleagues, following sightings reported via the Asian Hornet Watch app. The nest found in Ascot, and destroyed on 11th October, was 35 cm in diameter and contained six combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest, and that the nest hadn’t reached the stage of producing adult sexual stages. The nest found in Portsmouth, and destroyed on 31st October, was 31cm in diameter and contained 4 combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrou...
  41. March 2 2022 Pollinators are under threat from Government decision which allows the use of bee poison. All pollinators are at risk on 100,000 hectares of land following the Government decision to allow bee poisons use. The sugar beet crop is affected and damaged by a virus called Virus Yellows which is carried by aphids. The Rothamsted Institute is tasked by the government to make a forecast of the level of the virus expected in the crop. This year, 2022, it forecasts that 68.9% of the crop will be affected.  The bee poison, Cruiser SB seed treatment, which is a neonicotinoid chemical, has been triggered for use as the predicted levels are well above the 19% danger level set by the government.  Last year, in 2021 the level of Virus threat was predicted to be 8.3% so no bee poison could be used by farmers.  Stephen Barnes, Chair of the British Beekeepers' Association is appalled to hear about the decision to allow the use of Cruiser SB on sugar beet crops in the UK...
  42. Let me introduce myself:  many of you know me as a beekeeper, but gardening has also been a passion for as long as I can remember.  I love plants and I am hoping that I can share my enthusiasm for bee plants with you. Bees feed on nectar and pollen and need a continuous supply during the main part of the year if they are to thrive.  This is where gardens come into their own as they occupy more than 400,000ha (approx 900,000ac).  Many are small but, all planted with nectar- and pollen-rich flowers they can make a huge impact on the lives of bees, our own and the 270 species of wild bees.  So what are the best plants to use, bearing in mind that we want our gardens to be attractive to us as well?  There is a basic rule-of-thumb: simple flowers are best, avoid highly-developed varieties.  Different species of bee have different requirements but providing a good mixture of flowers will keep them all happy. Trees can produce a mass of nectar and pollen,...
  43. What to do in March: Plan any planting and tidy up the apiary Decide what you are going to plant/sow/grow for your bees this year. Clear vegetation away from the front of the hives. A paving stone below the entrance ensures it stays clear and allows you to see the corpses; more than 100 deserves investigation. While winter bees often live 150 days or more, by now many will be dying. Early in the month, check hive entrances for dead bees choking them. Entrance blocks upside-down help the living ones get out. Later, remove woodpecker and mouse guards and turn entrance-blocks entrance side down. Keep hives tied down until the end of the month.  Check Varroa levels and signs of disease On a better day, put an upturned roof on the ground, lift the brood chamber on to it and scrape any dead bees off the floor. After reassembly, insert Varroa trays and monitor mite fall over four days; there should be no more than eight or nine per day; I would expect fewer. Clea...
  44. if you guy's aren't aware over the next few weeks myself and some other members on the SMP are going to be building Bee-Tokyo. this will be a giant mega city that is designed based of of Tokyo, while adding lots of bee related things in the meantime!
  45. You can download this graphic as a PDF  Please sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/606788 And you can support us by donating to one of our appeals  -ends-
  46. The Trade Show will be open on Saturday 9th only this year with all main suppliers and leading companies represented. Trade Show Exhibition Saturday 08.30 - 16.30 Trade Show Only day tickets, are available at £6 on Saturday at reception in the Faccenda building. All on the day payments by card please. See Schedule of Speakers below See list of Not for profit exhibition below available Friday and Saturday.  Friday 9.30 - 17:30 Saturday 9.30 - 16.30 B9 Abelo Ltd. Old Station Yard, Common Road, Dunnington, York YO19 5EP www.abelo.co.uk A12 Andermatt Biocontrol UK Unit 30, Mackley Ind.Est., Henfield Rd., Small Dole, Henfield BN5 9XR www.andermattgarden.co.uk A7 Arnia (Agrisound Limited) York Biotech Campus, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ www.arnia.co A5 BB Wear Unit NP1, Rosedene Farm, Threemilestone, Truro TR4 9AN www.bbwear.co.uk A2 BBKA The National Beekeeping Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth CV8 2LG www.bbka.org.uk A8 Bee Farmers Assn....
  47. The following training courses for 2022 have now been released:- Advanced Husbandry Assessment Preparation Training - Three Days - Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2022 General Husbandry Assessment Preparation Training - Three Days - Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and Sunday 22nd May 2022 For further information and to book your place please click here.
  48. With thanks to the speakers involved, the BBKA will shortly bring you several of the lectures on our YouTube Channel Lecturers and Lectures Dr Mark Barnett is a Scottish Expert Beemaster and honey bee research scientist. He has given many public lectures on honey bee research to a growing interest in honey bees amongst the general public and substantial interest in honey bee science amongst beekeepers. In 2019, he was awarded the “Inspiring Public Engagement Activity Award” by the Roslin Institute. He manages the apiary at the Easter Bush Campus of the University of Edinburgh, and is the President of Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers Association (2018-2021). Each year, he teaches on three beekeeping courses for beginners and teaches courses to help beekeepers prepare for the Basic Beekeepers Certificate and the Beekeeping Module exams. He is responsible for the Scottish Beekeepers Association Microscopy Certificate, Intermediate and Advanced Practical exam...