• Deadline for November written and online exams
    on September 21, 2021 at 11:54 am

    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...

  • Winners of Photo Competition Announced
    on September 8, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Friday 27 November 2020 The Winner of the 2020 BBKA Photo Competition has been announced as Paul Davison of Newcastle for his wonderful picture of a wasp feeding. Entrants were asked to provide any photo of a hornet (European or Asian) or of a wasp or any device invented to trap them alive.  Mr Davison will get a £100 Thorne's voucher to spend on bee equipment.  The runner-up was James Mellor, from St Leonards-on-Sea, who captured a sharp shot of a native European Hornet in the grass.  Congratulations to them both!  You can support our work to combat Asian Hornets Save the Bees  -ends-

  • New Observation Hive in Middlesbrough
    on August 26, 2021 at 10:48 am

    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 ...

  • Starvation & Foulbrood Warning
    on July 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    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...

  • Defra Survey about training for beekeepers and bee farmers
    on July 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    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 ...

  • Bees Needs Week
    on July 19, 2021 at 8:20 am

    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...

  • Reporting illegal medicines
    on June 28, 2021 at 9:54 am

    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

  • 25,000 Beekeepers Demand Govt Withdraw Neonic Licence
    on June 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    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 ...

  • Government responds to Small Hive Beetle Petition
    on June 9, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    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...

  • Petition to stop importing honeybees
    on June 9, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    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-