• Asian Hornet nest in Fowey found & destroyed
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

    September 7 2018 An Asian Hornet nest has been found in Fowey in Cornwall and destroyed by bee inspectors. It was on Friday 31st August a beekeeper in the Fowey area found 2 Asian Hornets in a trap he'd set up near his beehives. They were positively identified by the Non Native Species Secretariat and a surveillance zone was set up on Tuesday (Sept 4). Killing traps and feeding traps with meat and sweet baits were deployed and there was a lot of  hornet activity around them. By timing their visits back to the bait, inspectors from the National Bee Unit were able to track them back to their nest.  The latest nest found on Jersey ( above )  The nest was detected on Thursday (Sept 6) and destroyed in the evening, when the hornets would have returned to the nest, by using CO2 gas to carry an active ingredient called bendiocarb. The nest was removed this morning at 0700.  It is described as a small nest, about the size of a child's football, and was situated about...

  • Use Honey first for a cough, new guidelines say
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

    New guidelines for doctors from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) say they should tell patients to use honey first when they have a cough. This is based on 3 studies that showed honey reduces symptoms by 2 points on a 7 point scale. Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend.  Antibiotic resistance This is intended to help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Overusing antibiotics is making infections harder to treat, by creating drug-resistant superbugs.  A hot drink of milk and honey is a very effective remedy for a sore throat.  And honey can be combined also with lemon and ginger for coughs and a sore throat.   Patients are advised to use honey and over-the-counter medicines containing pelargonium, guaifenesin or dextromethorphan and wait for symptoms to improve, before going to a GP.  Most coughs are caused by viruses, which cannot be trea...

  • Defra Minister praises beekeepers for raising alarm about Asian Hornets
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

    11 October 2018  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State responsible for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, has written to BBKA President Margaret Murdin to thank the BBKA for raising awareness about Asian Hornets. 6 nests have been destroyed since 2016 and most were identified by vigilant beekeepers. The letter also says Lord Gardiner is 'very encouraged' that some of our "most concerned members have initiated Asian Hornet Action Teams to help beekeepers take samples/photographs of hornets to enable the National Bee Unit (NBU) to act swiftly to deal with this pest." The Minister points out that October is when any nests are reaching maturity and sending out foundress Queens to raise the next generation of hornets. This increase in activity as the leaves are falling off the trees should make their nests more prominent.  Lord Gardiner says thanks for your continued vigilance and please pass on any sightings as quickly as possible to the NBU.  -ends- ...

  • 2018 Honey Harvest is third bigger than last years
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

    22 October 2018 The annual honey survey by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) shows honeybees survived the difficult climate this year and produced a crop of honey a third bigger than last years. The results show that the honey crop was, on average, just over 30lbs of honey per hive, or just under 14 kilos  across England and Wales. It was a difficult year in climactic terms with a very cold snap nicknamed the Beast from the East halting the honey gathering in Spring and then a long drought in many parts of the country which meant plants with shallow roots stopped producing nectar.  While regions which traditionally have the biggest crop of honey, the East and South East, saw increases to 41 and 36lbs of honey per hive respectively, Welsh beekeepers reported an exceptionally improved crop, with over double the amount of honey compared to last year at 31.4lbs per hive, thanks largely to the long, warm summer. Calwyn Glastonbury, a beekeeper in the Usk Valley who ...

  • Blog: Latest on Asian Hornet - 2019 plan drawn up
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Latest on Asian Hornet - AHAT action required Claire Hartry BBKA Trustee Anne Rowberry has attended meetings and had discussions with Nigel Semmence, Contingency Planning & Science Officer, Bee health advice service at the National Bee Unit.  This document is the summary of the protocol that has been agreed. Further information will be posted on the website as it becomes available under Services\Asian Hornet\   Here is the link direct to the web page:   https://www.bbka.org.uk/asian-hornet-action-teams As you will read in the document, the BBKA needs all Area Associations to supply contact details to the office of their Asian Hornet Area Co-Ordinator(s) as soon as possible.  We are in the process of creating a map on the website, similar to the swarm map, to facilitate members of the public being able to contact your co-ordinator. We have also put on the website a document prepared by Nigel Semmence which gives ...

  • Team chosen for International Meeting of Young Beekeepers 2019
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Tuesday 12 March 2019 The team of young beekeepers who will represent the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers in July has been chosen. This year the event is being held in Banska Bystrica in Slovakia from the 3rd to the 7th of July.  Three 14 year old beekeepers were selected at a special recruitment day, plus a 16 year old reserve beekeeper. They are,  from left to right, Izzy Campbell from Newcastle, reserve, Natalie Phillips from Liverpool, William Akers from Buckinghamshire and Ben Sullivan from Norfolk.  All of them had to pass written and practical exercises either individually or in a group and show that they were competent at handling honeybees.  They were also followed by a team from the Discovery Channel who will be following them to the IMYB and finding out how Beekeeping differs around the world.  William Akers said: "I was amazed to be selected and am keen on working in agriculture and p...

  • Does Bee Behaviour Relate to Inheritance?
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    21 March 2019 The University of Plymouth in partnership with B4 (a community interest company: Bringing Back Black Bees) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have started a 4 year PhD study to investigate suggestions from bee-keepers that different sub-species have a suite of different behaviours and characteristics in comparison to other sub-species, and further that these might be highly regional in their nature. The project will measure these differences, and match those with genetic signatures to confirm the lineage of bees showing different traits. It also aims to identify the parts of the genome that might be under rapid change in these sub-species. While some of the trait differences might be well-established in the bee-keeping community, to date published, robust empirical evidence is lacking. The kinds of traits that we’re interested in gathering data on are, for example, drone brood timings, worker brood cycle, and thriftiness. We will inves...

  • First Asian Hornet of 2019
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    13 February 2019 The first Asian Hornet of 2019 has been found in the British Isles. A foundress queen hornet emerged from hibernation at St Heliers Bay on the island of Jersey. The hornet had been sheltering in hessian used to protect ships cables. She was captured.  Last year, Asian hornet hunters and pest controllers on the island, found and destroyed more than 50 nests estimated to produce 200 queens each.  Even with high winter mortality, it's expected to be a testing season for island beekeepers.  -ends- 

  • McQueens Flowers Tunnel opens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    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 ...

  • Katie's fabulous bee cakes raise money for Bees!
    on May 18, 2020 at 10:13 am

    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-