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Press Officer Gill Maclean:   gill.maclean@bbka.org.uk   07557 121758

Statement

BBKA calls for more funding and research to ensure good honey bee health

A paper published in 'Nature' today entitled ‘Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators’ by M. A. Furst, D. P. McMahon, J. L. Osborne, R. J. Paxton & M. J. F. Brown, reviews research carried out into the exchange of pests and pathogens between bee species.

Bumblebees and honey bees will often visit the same flowers, so it is not surprising that questions have been raised about the exchange of pests and pathogens from one bee species to another. However, the research paper does not fully explain the situation and may give a misleading impression.

Statement

Further update on GM pollen in honey

Parliament clarifies labelling rules for honey if contaminated by GM pollen

The European Parliament today (Wednesday 15 January 2014) voted on draft labelling rules for honey if contaminated by GM pollen. Parliament endorsed the draft rules defining pollen as a natural constituent of honey rather than an ingredient. For the full European Parliament press release see here.

The BBKA will keep members informed on the progress of this process.


Statement

Health Risks to Honey Bees from Imported Bumblebee Colonies

Honey bees may be facing additional threats to their health as a result of the importation of commercial bumblebee colonies. 

Press Release

Honey bee colony losses are the worst since winter survival survey began

A third of all honey bee colonies in England were lost over the winter of 2012/2013 – more than double the losses of the previous year – with increased losses recorded in all regions of England

Statement

Neonicotinoids - the New Regulation

The European Commission has now published the Implementing Regulation to restrict the use of neonicotinoids. (Statement includes link to EU document.)

Statement

Further update on neonicotinoids

BBKA continues to work hard to ensure that the interests of honey bees are a high priority.

Statement

EU vote on the neonicotinoid group of pesticides

The BBKA awaits with interest the outcome of the EU vote on the neonicotinoid group of pesticides. 

Press Release

British Honey Harvest Devastated by Poor Weather

BBKA 2012 Honey Survey highlights 72% drop in average yield to just 8 lbs per hive

 

Statement

Update on neonicotinoids

In recent months a number of research papers have been published which suggest that neonicotinoid insecticides can have sub-lethal effects on bees. In addition some interested organisations have called for a ban or suspension on the use of neonicotinoids.

The BBKA’s position has been to press the government and its regulatory agencies to review this research work and if necessary to make changes to the approvals covering the use of neonicotinoids as soon as possible. 

Statement

Re further research on neonicotinoid pesticides and bees

The BBKA reiterates its call for an urgent review of all the available data on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees.

Press Release

BBKA launches pollination dating

The BBKA unveiled its pollination dating service at the Edible Garden Show today. 

Farmers, smallholders, allotment holders and gardeners to benefit from more abundant crops.