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

16 March 2018 The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has sent a survey asking about Queen rearing practices to all beekeepers registered with Bee Base in England but anyone who is not on their system can still reply by copying and pasting this link into their browser:  They are asking in one question whether or not we want government registered Queen breeders and how much extra would we be willing to pay?  They also want to gauge the interest in working with the native British bee Apis Mellifera Mellifera? All surveys should be completed by April 17th  -ends- 

~ Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:58:24 GMT

BBKA says what it will do to fix exam paper

A LETTER FROM VAL FRANCIS TO ALL MODULE 7 CANDIDATES‬ ‪Dear All‬ ‪I am writing to all Module 7 candidates to apologise profusely for the distress and disturbance caused by the missing diagram in the exam paper yesterday. I would like to reassure you that the Examinations Board and Moderators will make every attempt to ensure that your result is not disadvantaged by the mistake. There will also be transparency about any adjustments made.‬ ‪The Examinations Board meets next weekend and will be looking at the best solution and also ways to improve the existing proof reading system.‬ ‪Once again, my apologies for your examination being more than usually stressful‬ ‪Val‬ ‪Val Francis‬ ‪BBKA Examinations Board Secretary‬

~ Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:57:57 GMT

Beekeepers grateful member of public spotted Asian Hornet

Statement  The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is disappointed to hear of the first sighting of the Asian Hornet, a non-native species of hornet that specifically targets and feeds on honeybees. The sighting by a member of the public on a cauliflower in Bury, Lancashire which has since been traced back to Boston, Lincolnshire. DEFRA have said “Bee Inspectors from APHA National Bee Unit will be carrying out surveillance and monitoring in a 1-2 Km radius around the initial sighting. Additional monitoring and surveillance will be carried out in the Boston area where the cauliflower was grown.” Beekeepers and members of the public are urged to keep a look out for this hornet that is smaller than the European hornet. Pictures can be found on the BBKA website with information on what to do if you suspect you have seen one. You can also download the Asian Hornet Watch app for reporting possible sightings, or visit the Asian Hornet Action Tea...

~ Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:57:19 GMT

First confirmed sighting of Asian Hornet says DEFRA

An Asian Hornet has been found by a member of the public in Bury in Lancashire. The hornet was found in a cauliflower which has been traced to Boston in Lincolnshire.  Defra says Asian hornet poses a risk to honeybees and work is already underway to identify any nests, which includes setting up surveillance zones and traps in both identified locations and deploying bee inspectors to visit local beekeepers.  This is the first confirmed sighting since last year, when a nest was discovered in Woolacombe in North Devon. That Asian Hornet incursion was successfully contained by bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed the nest.  Nationwide network of inspectors Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health said:  “We recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to locate and investigate any nests in the Bury and Boston areas following this confirmed sighting.&rdq...

~ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:20:54 GMT

Honeybees will be Enjoying all the Flowers you Planted!

13 March 2018 Honeybees are starting to emerge from their hives all over the UK this week as we see a brief respite from wintry storms and they will soon be finding all the new pollinator patches. Last year the British Beekeepers Association, in association with Burt’s Bees, gave away a thousand packets of seeds for pollinators. Photo by Simon Wilkes on Unsplash That should mean new places for all our honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, and moths to find nectar and pollen. This year, we will be giving away a further 500 FREE packets of wildflower seeds at the BBKA’s Spring Convention at Harper Adams University.  And if you send in a picture of the patch you planted last year you can win £100 to spend at the Trade Show which takes place on Saturday 14th April at the Convention. Send your best pictures to : And let’s get planting this year too! -ends-

~ Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:41:22 GMT

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