• Asian hornet and nest located & destroyed in Staffordshire
    on September 18, 2019 at 9:38 am

    7 Sept 2019 An Asian Hornet nest has been found and destroyed near Drayton Bassett in Staffordshire. The find was as a result of a member of the public reporting an Asian Hornet.  This was the second Asian Hornet reported in the UK in 2019. The first was at New Milton in Hampshire in July again spotted by an alert member of the public. Tomorrow we start Asian Hornet Week when we asked the public and beekeepers to make sure they are ready to identify this alien pest.  As the leaves fall off the trees at this time of year disused or even active Asian Hornet nests may become visible. All such sightings should be reported to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk Photo above shows one of the big nests being found in Jersey The Staffordshire find is right in the middle of the landmass of the UK. It is known that in France Asian Hornets follow water courses when they expand their territory and there is a large body of water very close to the location.  The Canals and River Trust i... […]

  • Asian Hornet found in Ashford in Kent
    on September 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    11 Sept 2019 An Asian Hornet has been found and captured in Ashford in Kent. This is the third confirmed sighting in 2019. The sighting was confirmed by the Seasonal Bee Inspector on 9 September 2019. Two earlier sightings were confirmed the first in July at New Milton in Hampshire where a single hornet was found and subsequent searches of the area have not, so far, turned up any other hornets.  The second was in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire on 2 September 2019 where a nest was later found and destroyed and searches are continuing. In both cases, the hornets were spotted by an alert member of the public.  Since 2016, there have been a total of 16 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and seven nests have been destroyed. -ends-&nbs […]

  • Bees Needs Week
    on July 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

    13 June 2019  Bees’ Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.  During Bees’ Needs Week, London’s world-famous shopping destination is renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity.  The iconic Carnaby Street arch has been given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Newburgh Street from 8-13 July, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks. This will include:  A bumblearium giving visitors the chance to get close to the bee action  Virtual Reality headsets to experience the inner workings of a bumblebee nest Honey Tasting The chance to look at specimens of bees up close, using microscopes More information is available at: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bees-needs/and on twitter using #BeesNeeds -ends-&nbs […]

  • First Asian hornet of 2019 found in Hampshire
    on July 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    3 July 2019 The first Asian Hornet of 2019 on UK mainland has been found in New Milton in Hampshire close to the New Forest. The Department of Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a press release saying it was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public, is thought to be a Queen and that inspectors are now in the area looking for a nest.  The report came in on an app called Asian Hornet Watch which sends a GPS location as well as a photo taken on a smartphone. It was the first confirmed report since October 2018.  Last year, two Asian Hornet queens were found in locations near where this one was found between the sea and the New Forest. The full list is on the press release.  The Bees Wasps & Ant Recording Society (BWARS) said their team verified the find. They are one of several agencies that the report is automatically sent to.  You can see a BBKA map showing the finds in the UK which started in 2016.   Since 2016, a t... […]

  • Record low level of winter losses of honeybees
    on July 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Friday 28 June 2019  The annual survey carried out by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA ) to measure winter survival of honeybees shows that losses at 8.5% are at their lowest since the current survey programme was started in 2007/08.  The survey covers the period from 1st October 2018 to 1st April 2019 and was carried out online for the first time. 5581 members completed the survey.  The BBKA enjoys the membership of beekeepers from the whole of the British Isles and the Channel Isles, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Isles.  Honeybee losses   The overall winter survival rate was 91.5% or 8.5% losses. In England the rate was 91% survival with 9% losses, in Scotland 79% survival with 21% losses, Wales 94.3% survival with 5.7% losses and in the Channel Isles, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland survival rates were all above 98% so losses of less than 2% in those places.  The most striking result is the ... […]

  • 192 million seeds for honeybees
    on June 11, 2019 at 8:45 am

    The BBKA is today (Friday, 7th April 2017) distributing 1,000kg of flower seeds, free to members, at its annual Spring Convention in Shropshire. Donated by Burts Bees, as part of its ‘BringBackTheBees’ campaign, approximately 192 million seeds have been specially selected to provide a pollen and nectar-rich diet for honeybees and other pollinators and comprise a wide mix of 26 different, predominantly wildflower varieties. Loss of habitat Tim Lovett, Director of the BBKA’s Spring Convention, commented: “Pollen is particularly important to honeybees at the earliest stage of development because it is their only source of protein.  In common with many other creatures including humans, protein is an essential building block for growth, and honeybees without sufficient protein from pollen in their diet will fail to thrive.  Loss of habitat is believed to be one of the factors behind the decline in numbers of a wide range of pollinating insects inclu... […]

  • Cumbrian beekeeping school wins Government award
    on June 11, 2019 at 8:42 am

    10 June 2019 Children at Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal in Cumbria are delighted to be winners of a 'Year of Green Action' award from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  The award is part of Bees Needs Week an annual event coordinated by DEFRA to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. It is part of the National Pollinator Strategy.  Jacqui Cottam, Chair of Governors at the school, along with teacher, Karen Harper, set up their 6 colony apiary 3 years ago,  but the schools passion for all pollinators and solitary bees goes back a long way.  Peter Hicks wearing bee shirt made for him by his wife and daughter "When Mr Peter Hicks, our Headteacher, joined the school almost 9 years ago, his vision was to really use our 6.5 acres not just to provide a space for children to learn, play and explore but, also, to create a forage and habitat rich environment for solitary bees and pollinators" says Jacqui.  The judges... […]

  • Manchester & District Beekeepers receive highest voluntary service award
    on June 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    5 June 2019 Manchester & District Beekeepers have been given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It's for the work they do in Heaton Park, Manchester where they have a visitor centre manned by volunteers, an apiary and a garden planted for all pollinating insects.  Representatives from Manchester & District Beekeepers Association (MDBKA) attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May along with the 280 other charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups who are also receiving the award this year.  David & Lena Crowe - Chairman & President of MDBKA at Buckingham Palace garden party Lena Crowe, President, said: "It's an enormous honour and great testament to the many hours of dedication our Volunteers give to raise the awareness of how important honeybees and other pollinating insects are to our environment and, ultimately, to the food chain." The Queen's Award for Voluntary Servic... […]

  • Katie's fabulous bee cakes raise money for Bees!
    on May 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    23 May 2019 Katie Hughes is well known at Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull for her beautiful cakes. So on World Bee Day she put on a cake sale and raised no less than £158 to help the bees.  Katie says she does not have a garden so cannot help by growing plants for bees so instead she makes stupendous cakes. She said "I thought why not use my baking skills to help the hardworking beekeepers!" I'm sure you will agree they look very tempting indeed.  -ends- […]

  • McQueens Flowers Tunnel opens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
    on May 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    21 May 2019 A stunning tunnel of flowers designed by McQueens Flowers has been opened at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The BBKA is being supported by McQueens at the show and celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, who is also a beekeeper ,has designed a special honey menu with honey from his hives which will be served throughout the week with proceeds being shared with us.  Honey, I'm home! is the title of the installation which invites visitors to help create a swarm of giant honeybees flying home to their hive. The will then pass through a 20m long by 7m wide dark immersive tunnel Per Oculus Apum  ( Through the Eyes of Bees ) complete with upside down lavender field. Both are designed to open visitor's minds to how bees see the world and to raise awareness of the recent reported decline of several bee species.  Visitors will find out how bees see flowers in ultra-violet and there will be a soundscape of electrostatic patters that help guide bees to the flowers which is ... […]