• What UK Beekeepers are doing to Support World Bee Day
    on May 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    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...

  • First Asian Hornet of 2022 Confirmed
    on May 2, 2022 at 6:59 am

    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 ...

  • BBKA News Editor Vacancy
    on April 26, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    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.&nbsp...

  • Phones Down
    on April 22, 2022 at 11:06 am

    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- 

  • Successful BBKA Spring Convention
    on April 21, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    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...

  • First School Visit to National Apiary
    on April 21, 2022 at 11:07 am

    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...

  • New Exam Board Secretary
    on April 13, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Nicky Campbell – Exam Secretary  I am delighted to be taking up the post of Examination’s Secretary for BBKA. I have been a beekeeper for five years and keep between three and five colonies in suburban Sheffield. I am a member of Sheffield BKA where I have served on the committee as Chair and Event Secretary. I have taken three of the module exams and I loved the experience and would recommend them. I am really looking forward to being involved in the process of providing these amazing learning experiences to beekeepers. Previously I have worked as an Office Manager and administrator for a software company and hope my experience will be valuable in my new role. As well as beekeeping I am a keen cook and long distance runner, two things that often go hand in hand. The prize for honey cake at my local honey show continues to elude me though. I am looking forward to talking to many of you over the coming years. Especially if you have top tips for honey cake!. Nicky Ca...

  • Ukraine Emergency Appeal
    on March 31, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    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-

  • First Confirmed UK Sighting of Asian Hornet in 2021
    on March 29, 2022 at 9:19 am

    8 October 2021  The first confirmed sighting of an Asian Hornet on the UK mainland in 2021 has been made at Ascot in Berkshire. We understand that a beekeeper found it near his hives. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-ascot -Ends- 

  • Asian Hornet nest found at Ascot
    on March 29, 2022 at 9:18 am

    12 October 2021 NBU inspectors have been able to track Asian Hornets back to a nest in Ascot and destroy it. Searches continue for any other hornets in the area. The gov.uk pages will be updated soon.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-ascot -ends-