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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.
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.
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.
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