Welcome to the Jersey Bee Keepers Association website
Welcome to the new website of the "Jersey Bee Keepers Association" (hosted by the BBKA) This new website contains information and frequently asked questions about bee keeping in Jersey.
Here are the results of the "100 Club" August draw..
1st Prize No.66
2nd Prize No.87
3rd Prize No.38
4th Prize No.35
Local Honey and Relief from Hay Fever Symptoms.
Mid Summer 2014
Honey that has not been too over-processed contains pollen grains from the flowers that the bees used to collect the nectar. Most of these pollen grains are relatively heavy and not of the types that usually cause hay fever. However light grass pollens that blow in the wind - & up noses - do stick to bees and hives and thus end up in honey as well.
It is believed by many that regular exposure to small amounts of an allergen - such as “hay” pollen grains - can help to re-train the immune system so that it becomes de-senstitised and hay fever symptoms reduced. Scientific evidence for this is limited but there is plenty of anecdotal support and honey is known to be beneficial for colds, coughs and general inflammation of the respiratory & mucous systems. A teaspoon of local honey every day throughout the year in tea (as the Queen does), in your morning cereal or just straight off the spoon might just help in the main hay fever season.
Local honey is normally extracted from mid-July through to the end of August depending on the part of the island and the beekeeper, although it may not be bottled for another few weeks after that. The 2013 season was not good as it started so late and most beekeepers ran out of supplies some time ago. 2014 is looking as if it might be a little better except that there have been a number of swarms and this considerably reduces honey production.
Local retailers who may stock local honey when supplied include the Coop, local farm & health shops, some market stalls & the National Trust New Street Georgian House shop. Individual beekeepers may also be prepared to sell when asked and members of the Jersey Beekeepers Association will probably have honey for sale at the Annual Honey Show at the Hamptonne Cider Festival on October 18th / 19th.
A new study covering 17 EU countries says that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in Mediterranean countries. See the BBC article on our "links" page.
Alongside the "Protect Our Pollinators" scheme as proposed by our local President (see below) the (UK) government has now launched the public consultation on the proposed National Pollinator Strategy, which the BBKA have been heavily involved in the development of. You can read their strategy document here, it also appears on the "Members Page" and under "Articles".
What is POP
Read about the newly proposed
"Protect Our Pollinators" scheme.
A note from our President, Bob Hogge.
One of Jersey’s larger bee keepers has asked to try and encourage farmers, potato growers and the general public to grow more flowers. He said that he was concerned because he had noticed that the bumblebee that were once plentiful around his apiaries were becoming scarce. I had noticed a similar decline in hover flies and butterflies and decided that a more broad based campaign covering all insect pollinators might be more useful.
I put my proposal to the AGM of the Jersey Bee Keeper’s Association last Friday and received their overwhelming support. I now intend to develop the proposal below into an Island wide scheme to be launched in March. I sent a copy of this proposal to the BBKA and they suggested that they might take it nationwide but as yet I have not had any feedback from the Special Interest Day on landscape and forage at which it was presented.
Find the full proposal on the "Members Page" & under the "Articles" heading.
Learn About Bee Keeping
The JBKA has for a number of years run a course for those interested in finding out more about bees and beekeeping and who may want to start keeping bees. Should you wish to find out more about the courses, click on the links below, or on the Beekeeping Classes item on the main menu. You can register your interest in next year's course by sending an e-mail to the Honorary Secretary, Judy Collins either via this website or on 07797 790420.
We have added a new page to the site which has the programme of classes and all the handouts for the classes available to download. Just click on the Beekeeping Classes item on the main menu.
Come and find out more about these fascinating creatures and how you can help to preserve them and harvest delicious honey too!!
Hope you made Honey this summer!