British Beekeepers Association


British Beekeepers Association

Press Releases & Statements

BBKA Press Officer: Diane Roberts  07841 625797

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"Depressingly small honey crop" from British Beekeepers

The honey crop from British beekeepers 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.

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British Beekeepers Losing Few bees over Winter

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%.

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First Asian Hornet confirmed on UK mainland in North Devon

26 September 2017


The first confirmed sighting of an Asian Hornet on the UK mainland in 2017 is in North Devon.



A beekeeper near Woolacombe in North Devon saw an Asian Hornet hawking in front of his hives and also gathering nectar from ivy.


The beekeeper submitted his evidence to the National Beekeeping Unit (NBU)  and they have confirmed that it is an Asian Hornet.  


Inspectors from the NBU are now on their way to Devon to back up local colleagues in the urgent task of tracking down the nest.


All beekeepers in the area are advised to check their own hives and look out for any signs of Asian Hornets nesting.


Recent finds on the Channel Islands suggest that they not only place their nests at height in trees but also use a quiet spot in a garden shed from time to time to build their living spaces.



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Bidfood catering suppliers is backing British Bees

The British Beekeepers' Association is delighted that catering supply company Bidfood has launched a campaign to support British bees.

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192 Million Seeds for Honeybees

The BBKA is distributing 1,000kg of flower seeds, free to members, at its annual Spring Convention in Shropshire. Donated by Burts Bees, as part of its ‘BringBackTheBees’ campaign, approximately 192 million seeds have been specially selected to provide a pollen and nectar-rich diet for honeybees and other pollinators.

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Tell local Beekeepers if you find an Asian Hornet

A new smartphone app has been launched today to help beekeepers and the public make a quicker report if they find a suspected Asian Hornet.

Asian Hornet Watch is designed to give you high quality reference pictures and use the GPS on your phone to record exactly where your photo was taken. It will be sent straight to the team that is working to identify the hornets as quickly as possible. It is available as a free download from today for both android and IOS phones.

The BBKA will be encouraging all beekeepers to use the app but to also tell their local groups if they find something.

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England Team of Young Beekeepers Chosen for IMYB 2017

In July 2017 the competition will take place for the first time in England at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. It is being run by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). Over 3 days young people from countries all over the world will have a great opportunity to share and learn from each other the essential skills to further the craft of beekeeping.

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Honey Survey 2016

BBKA's annual survey shows that honey bees overcame summer starvation threats to provide an average 26lbs of honey per hive. The East remains Englands most productive region. 

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Asian Hornet nest found in Tetbury and destroyed

A nest of Asian hornets has been found in Tetbury and destroyed by experts. Continued vigilance for further sightings is advised. 

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Houses of Parliament Honey Fair

MPs and members of the public are being invited to attend the Houses of Parliament Bee Fair at Portcullis House of Wednesday 14 September from 3-5pm

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BeeConnected goes live across the UK

A new web-based crop spray alert system called BeeConnected has gone live bringing farmers and beekeepers together across the UK. 

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A new web-based crop spray alerting system, BeeConnected, that links farmers and beekeepers has been hailed as a major step forward for protecting honey bees by the British Beekeepers Association. 

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3 young beekeepers are about to compete at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers in Czech Republic and the BBKA is hoping to bring the meeting to the UK in 2017. 

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Belvoir Fruit Farms Free Summer Recipes

Belvoir Fruit Farms is celebrating the Elderflower harvest and supporting the BBKA's Friends of the Honey bee by giving us two free, delicious, elderflower recipes

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Wrong weather and queen issues affect 2015 honey crop

Survey shows average yield of 21lbs of honey per colony this year, down 34 per cent from last year

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Honey bee colony winter survival rate greatly improves

The 2013/14 winter was kinder to bees but losses at 10% were still double what they should be.

The results of the BBKA winter survival survey published today show that the honey bee colony survival rate in England over this last winter has improved greatly. Overall, honey bee colony losses were one in ten compared with losses of more than one in three over the bad winter of 2012/2013.

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BBKA to part fund three-year PhD studentship

Laura Brettell to study the key drivers behind over-wintering honey bee colony losses in the UK.

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Honey I am just doing what comes naturally

Honey bee swarms are not angry and are unlikely to attack - BBKA advice on what the public can do to help

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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

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British Honey Harvest Devastated by Poor Weather

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


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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.

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International Competition for Young Beekeepers

Three young British Beekeepers are about to compete in an International Meeting of Young Beekeepers and the BBKA is bringing the competition to Britain for the first time next year. 

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Winter Survival Survey 2016

The 2016 BBKA Winter Survival Survey shows that honey bees are still under pressure.