• BBKA News - Reader Survey
    on January 21, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    BBKA News Reader Survey 2021 We are constantly striving to improve the service we offer our readers and we value your opinions and ideas on the current BBKA News content, article balance and style.  With this in mind we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to read through some questions and give us your feedback so that we may better understand what we are doing right and where we can make changes for the better.  The survey is printed on page 19 of the January 2021 BBKA News It is also available to complete online The deadline is 28th February 2021.  -ends-  -ends-

  • 25,000 Beekeepers Demand Govt Withdraw Neonic Licence
    on January 19, 2021 at 11:45 am

    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 ...

  • BBKA Very Disappointed by Neonic Derogation
    on January 10, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Saturday 9 Jan 2021 A letter is being sent to associations saying that the BBKA is "extremely disappointed and concerned" about a licence issued today by the government that will allow the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment, thiomethoxam (Cruiser SB) for Sugar Beet crops in 2021.  It also points out that the derogation may continue for two further years and that the farming press did not indicate any more dramatic effects on the beet crop in 2020 when compared with a range of other crops all suffering with an exceptional difficult year from problematic weather conditions.  You can see the full text of the letter below:  From Margaret Wilson – President BBKA Anne Rowberry – Chair BBKA Pam Hunter – Manager Research, technical and Environmental, BBKA Beekeepers will no doubt have seen the news that the Government announce the Emergency Authorisation (derogation) for the limited use of the neonicotinoid seed treatment – thiomethoxam (...

  • November 2020 - NBU Starvation and Varroa Alert
    on December 24, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Monday 7 December  The National Bee Unit (NBU) observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food. Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily. For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167 It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allo...

  • Healthy Bee Plan for next 10 years published
    on December 24, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Tuesday 3 November  The Healthy Bee Plan, which is published today, sets out to achieve five outcomes in the next ten years.  To bring about low levels of pests and diseases  To promote good standards of husbandry To encourage effective biosecurity To ensure sound science supports bee health policy and its implementation To work together to protect bee health Welcoming the new plan, Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said: "I am delighted that today we are publishing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which is Defra’s and Welsh Government’s joint framework for continued action to improve honey bee health in England and Wales over the next ten years. Protecting our honey bees is vital because of the benefits they bring through pollination of flowers and crops, honey production and our well-being. Bee health stakeholders have had a key role in developing this new Healthy Bees Plan and we look forward to continuing to work to...

  • March 2021 Exam News
    on December 24, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Examination Board statement about March 2021 Exams The global outbreak of COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the March and November 2020 module exams as social distancing rules made the exams untenable. As we move into winter and another national lockdown, it seems likely that the coming months will offer little to change the situation. Many institutions, such as universities, have been examining candidates using online invigilation systems. The Examination Board has been looking into this possibility and has been trialling suitable software. We believe we will be able to hold the spring module exams on the weekend of 24th and 25th April 2021 using online invigilation, so people can take module exams online in their own homes. Unfortunately, we will not be offering the module exams as written papers this spring due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The final application date for Module exams will be 31st January 2021 and candidates will be able to sit a maximum of two modules.&...

  • Winners of Photo Competition Announced
    on December 24, 2020 at 12:16 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-

  • National Hive Count 2020
    on December 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Animal & Plant Health Agency The National Bee Unit (NBU) is urging beekeepers to please not forget this year’s Hive Count! To update your BeeBase record, click on the link https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/secure/beekeeper/hiveCensus.cfm and submit your response by 31st December 2020. It is important that you update your record, even if this is to confirm that you currently have no colonies. If you have any further questions, please visit the Hive Count page on BeeBase or contact us at Hive.count@apha.gov.uk

  • 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers Cancelled
    on November 26, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Wednesday 25 November 2020 The 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers which was due to take place in Slovenia has been cancelled. In the current pandemic, the organisers decided that they could not guarantee the wellbeing of the participants so the meeting cannot go ahead.  The objectives of IMYB are for young beekeepers to meet new friends from around the world, exchange their experiences and explore new cultures. The Slovenian team said "We hope you understand the decision. Hoping the situation gets better, we plan to meet you all in 2022 in Russia and then back again in Slovenia in 2023!"  The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) sends a team to the IMYB and will be informing next year's participants about the cancellation.  -ends-

  • Gosport Asian Hornet Nest Located & Destroyed
    on November 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Monday 14 September 2020  The Gosport Asian Hornets were the first confirmed in 2020 and their nest has been located and destroyed. The hornets were first reported flying around a bunch of grapes in an area north of Gosport in Hampshire. Bee inspectors set up monitoring traps and tracked the hornets to an apple tree.  The nest has now been dealt with by the Animal and Plant Health Agency ( APHA) National Wildlife Management Centre.  Inspectors are monitoring for any other Asian Hornets.  -ends-