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Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said advice from Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) means government will now back a total ban on neonicotinoid pesticides. The ECP said 'exposure to neonicotinoids under field conditions can have an unacceptable effect on honeybee health'.
The country’s honey crop remains depressingly small, just 24 lbs or approaching 11 kilos per hive, pointing to a steady decline in the crop and an increase in worries about the future of honey bees The results of the British Beekeepers Association’s annual Honey Survey released today reveal that the average beekeeper in England produced 23.8 lbs (10.8 kilos) of honey this year – a decrease of 2.3 lbs over last year’s crop.
British​ ​Beekeepers’​ ​Association​ ​(BBKA)​ 10​th​ Annual​ ​Colony​ ​Survival​ ​Survey results​ ​are​ ​published​ ​today​ ​and​ ​show​ ​a​ ​reduction​ ​in​ ​the​ ​over-winter​ ​losses compared​ ​to​ ​the​ ​previous​ ​year,​ ​down​ ​from​ ​16.7​ ​to​ ​13.2.
Calderstones​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Liverpool​ ​has​ ​been​ ​shortlisted​ ​for​ ​ECO​ ​School​ ​Project of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​in​ ​the​ ​North​ ​West. 6 pupils at the school recently received the first Junior Beekeeping certificates under the BBKA’s (British Beekeepers Association) new School Scheme.
21st​ ​September​ ​2017 The​ ​BBKA​ ​has​ ​announced​ ​the​ ​winners​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Bees​ ​in​ ​Art​ ​Competiton​ ​2017. Jamilla Bullock, aged 9, from Tockington near Bristol and artist Julia Kerrison from the South West won with their beautiful and striking bee images. They will each receive a commemorative plate printed with their winning pictures.
Please take part in this important record of British honey quantities. The general public is fascinated by beekeeping, and the BBKA’s annual survey of members is the only large-scale survey about the honey crop in this country. Last year BBKA members achieved on average 26.1 lbs or 11.83 kilos of honey per hive. However, this is based on the experience of beekeepers mainly from England. This year we are inviting the Scottish, Welsh and Ulster beekeepers to join the survey so that we can gain a truly representative picture of honey and beekeeping issues across the UK. The results will be provided free to each beekeeping association.
Filed under: Honey Survey
The latest newsletter from BBKA Vice Chairman Margaret Wilson is full of interesting stuff about new exams and how well the current entrants did. It also explains how events at the next Spring Convention will be colour coded so you can work out which session suits your level of beekeeping experience.
The BBKA has launched a new JustGiving campaign to raise £2000 to get schools skilled in beekeeping. The money raised will be used to give 80 Junior schools or 40 senior schools the chance to join our new schools membership scheme.
A study from University of Warwick says with the build up of Asian Hornets in Northern Europe another invasion is inevitable. It says, without action, hornets could be widespread in the UK in 20 years. The paper, in Nature's Scientific Reports, calls on beekeepers to be vigilant and make sure every siting is reported.
Filed under: Asian Hornet, BBKA News
Bidfood has launched a pioneering pollination campaign to help raise awareness of declining numbers of pollinators. With 24 Bidfood sites across the country involved, activities include building bee ‘hotels’, creating bee-friendly gardens and helping local beekeepers by donating sugar and sponsoring local hives.
The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers has donated the last bit of money needed to ensure that the British Beekeeper’s Association (BBKA) can stage the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) in July. Master Peter Tompkins handed a cheque for £8,000 to BBKA President John Hendrie at the Spring Convention Dinner. The opening ceremony of the IMYB takes place at Marlborough College in Wiltshire on 6th July. It will feature the Biosecurity Minister, Lord Gardiner, as well as Peter Tompkins.
The nation’s smartphones are the latest weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of the Asian hornet, thanks to a new app which has been launched. People will be able to use the free app - called Asian hornet watch - to quickly and easily report possible sightings of the invasive species and send pictures of suspect insects to experts at the National Bee Unit.
An outbreak of Asian hornets has been successfully contained by bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed their nest in Gloucestershire. Asian hornets were first discovered in the Tetbury area in September, but the National Bee Unit moved swiftly to find the nest and remove it. No further live Asian hornets have been seen since the nest was treated with pesticide and removed in early October. Two dead Asian hornets were discovered in separate locations close by in north Somerset, but no nests or live hornets have been located by inspectors and there have been no further sightings.
Inspectors from the National Bee Unit say they have only found Asian hornets at 6 sites within 500 metres of the original discovery of one of these hornets in Tetbury in Gloucestershire. The search for the nest continues.
Several beekeepers in the vicinity of the first discovery of an Asian Hornet in Gloucestershire have reported them hawking in front of their hives. The National Bee Unit has caught several but has not yet found a nest. Analysis shows they are closely related to hornets in France.
The combination of a mild winter followed by wet weather in April and May has meant that honey bees may be short of stores. A new article by Julian Routh has been published with hints and tips on spring feeding.
3.5 million pounds of honey harvested this summer for the nation's tea tables by amateur beekeepers 50 per cent increase in the number of bee colonies in the last six months four times the value of BBKA members' honey harvests goes to the economy through pollination 5,000 people sign up as Armchair Beekeepers to support Adopt a Beehive fundraising campaign