• Bees Needs Week
    on April 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Bees Needs Week 2020 13-19 July  The BBKA will be sharing our favourite beekeeping moments on our social media: sharing our members photos of their beekeeping under lockdown and our most popular stories from the last 12 months. Follow us on social media  Winners of the Bees Needs Week Awards for 2020 included Manchester & District Beekeepers Association - they have an excellent video about their work here For more about the 2020 Winners What is Bees Needs Week? Bees' Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators, This year due to Covid19 it'll be an  online event by sharing stories and videos through social media. So there won’t be a pop-up shop in Carnaby this year given the restrictions. Raising awareness of bees and other pollinators Bees’ and other pollinators a...

  • Starvation & Foulbrood Warning
    on April 9, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    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...

  • Defra Survey about training for beekeepers and bee farmers
    on April 9, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    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...

  • Winter Survival Survey 2021
    on April 3, 2021 at 10:44 am

    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.

  • Serious Risk of Exotic Bee Pest Being Imported
    on April 3, 2021 at 10:37 am

    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...

  • Petition to stop importing honeybees
    on April 1, 2021 at 2:25 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 Please Sign the parliamentary petition to stop this!  CLICK HERE >>>https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/577603 And please support the work we do -ends- 

  • Promote No Mow
    on March 31, 2021 at 11:21 am

    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

  • Importing Bees "against best practice for our environment"
    on March 25, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    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...

  • Update from the Exam board Spring 2021
    on March 10, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    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...

  • Neonics will not be used on sugar beet in 2021
    on March 4, 2021 at 9:47 am

    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...