BBKA ask Public to Plant for Pollinators on National Honeybee Awareness Day

The British Beekeepers Association ( BBKA) which represents more than 25,000 beekeepers is celebrating National Honeybee Awareness Day on August 18th by asking the public to make sure they plant for pollinators.Read more

Very successful BBKA stand at BBC Countryfile Live

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) stand at BBC Countryfile Live show had more than 25,000 visitors over the 4 days of the event.Read more

Beehives needed for exciting new study

The PoshBee study is looking at the exposure of honeybees to a range of chemicals and the impact it may have on their health. They are going to need 30 hives in two areas, Kent and Berkshire or Oxfordshire from next spring.Read more

Cheshire BKA wins fourth Gold Medal at RHS Tatton

Cheshire Beekeepers Association has won another gold for their planted stand at RHS Tatton taking their total to 4.Read more

BBKA Plan for Nationwide Queen Rearing Training

The British Beekeepers Association ( BBKA) which represents more than 25,000 beekeepers has set out plans for a nationwide system of training beekeepers to rear new Queen bees.Read more

New BBKA Forum

We have a new forum for beekeepers and anyone interested in beekeepingRead more

"To my daughter I bequeath two stalles"

In the 16th Century beehives or skeps were also known as 'stalles' and could be included in a labourers inventory to be given to his daughter on his death. What regional or ancient words do you use in your beekeeping? - the Oxford English Dictionary really wants to know!Read more

Tracking Asian Hornets using Radio Telemetry

A study published in Communications Biology may herald a 'step change' in attempts to track Asian Hornets back to their nests. Scientists at University of Exeter have shown that by placing a small chip on captured hornet and using radio telemetry to track it they can find previously undetected nests and destroy them.Read more

English honeybees suffered badly this winter

The annual survey carried out by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA ) to measure winter survival of honeybees shows that losses almost doubled from the 13% reported in 2016/7 to 25% or a quarter of colonies being lost in 2017/8.Read more

Kings Cross Bee trail app goes live for the summer

The award-winning citizen science project that IDs bees and unlocks vouchers for restaurants and cafes on the trail is backRead more

Why bees need trees? - a blog by Brigit Strawbridge

Bee campaigner Brigit Strawbridge describes why bees depend on trees and how we have lost so many of our wooded areasRead more

Epping Forest beekeeper gets British Empire Medal in Queen's Birthday Honours

Ted Gradosielski, who has kept bees in Epping Forest for 38 years, has been awarded British Empire Medal in Queen's Birthday Honour.Read more

BBKA says "plant or protect" for World Bee Day

The public is invited to ‘plant or protect’ to celebrate World Bee Day on May 20thRead more

BBKA asks beekeepers to look for Asian Hornets

Our chair of trustees, Margaret Wilson, is asking all beekeepers to monitor the insects in their garden, allotment or hedgerows.Read more

EU bans neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops

EU member states have voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops. BBKA says we must be alert to what farmers will use instead of neonicotinoids.Read more

Beekeepers grateful member of public spotted Asian Hornet

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is disappointed to hear of the first confirmed sighting of an Asian Hornet in 2018. We are grateful for the sharp eyes of a member of the public who spotted it and hope continued vigilance will keep the Asian Hornet threat to honeybees at bay.Read more

First confirmed sighting of Asian Hornet says DEFRA

An Asian Hornet has been found by a member of the public in a cauliflower in Bury in Lancashire. The finding has been confirmed by the Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS).Read more

BBKA says what it will do to fix exam paper

The module 7 paper taken by many beekeepers at the weekend was missing a diagram. The Examinations Board has sent out a letter explaining what it will do.Read more

BBKA says please do DEFRA survey of Queen rearing practices in England

DEFRA is surveying beekeepers in England about their Queen rearing practices - the BBKA would like all beekeepers to answer it, you can find the survey here: more

Honeybees will be Enjoying all the Flowers you Planted!

Honeybees are starting to emerge from their hives and will soon be enjoying all the new pollinator patches of wildflower seeds you planted. Don't forget the competition to send in pictures of those patches and win £100 to spend at this year's Spring Convention.Read more

EFSA says risk to bees from neonicotinoids is confirmed

European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) has released its peer review of 1500 studies looking at whether neonicotinoids harm honeybees, bumblebees and wild bees. It says the risk is confirmed. British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) still supports EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.Read more

The Uk Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is open for 2018 & asking for volunteers

You can carry out a flowers and insects survey in your own garden or volunteer to help with surveys of 75 agricultural or semi-natural sites that will help the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology with their conservation work.Read more

Kids Book Competition

Win a free signed book Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens by Tony De Saulles the illustrator of the bestselling Horrible Science series.Read more

BBKA has approved funding of some exciting research

The British Beekeepers Association is backing four diverse projects to help honeybees in 2018.Read more