"To my daughter I bequeath two stalles"

From apiculture to beeswax, alarm pheromones to supersedure, there are many words associated with beekeeping. As part of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 90th birthday celebrations, they are launching a number of public word appeals and one of them is about beekeeping.  A number of beekeeping terms are, of course, already included in the dictionary. For example the dictionary team have recently added entries for ACARINE (a disease of honeybees caused by the mite, Acarapis woodi) and BEE-BUTT (specific to south-west England, a man-made receptacle used as a home for a colony of bees). They would love beekeepers to tell them words they use to describe a particular technique or a slang and colloquial expression that has arisen in your beekeeping community. They want to know how you use these words? Perhaps you have evidence of earlier usage? What new words and phrases are coming into use? So come on put your thinking caps on!  Did you know that the word for a skep r...

~ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:40:58 GMT

National Honey Monitoring Scheme

4th January 2018 The National Honey Monitoring Scheme is a new long-term programme being set up in 2018 that will use advanced analytical techniques to identify plant DNA and measure environmental contaminants, such as pesticide residues, in honey produced from across the UK.  A recent pilot study, identified widespread residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey samples collected from BBKA members across the UK. What the monitoring scheme will aim to do State-of-the-art analysis- DNA metabarcoding & high precision mass spectrometry of honey samples Sample archive - for future research developing new analytics, such as disease detection Provide feedback to participating beekeepers Generate robust scientific data to inform future policy decisions.  How you can get involved  All amateur and professional beekeepers are asked to register their inte...

~ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:23:56 GMT

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. A significant cause of the increased losses was the more severe winter with the so-called Beast from the East bringing snow to many regions in February and a further, very cold, snap with more snow in the middle of March.  This meant there was a very late start to spring this year. This delay in the start of available forage occurred at a time when colonies are at their weakest and that, undoubtedly, was a contributing factor. Beekeepers even reported that bees were venturing out only to be confined back in their hives due to the late snow.  Contributory factors  Contributory factors included weak colonies going into winter, and queens not being mated properly. Both these were caused by colonies not having a good summer in 2017.&n...

~ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:23:37 GMT

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

Congratulations to Ted who was recognised not only for his beekeeping but also for his voluntary work.  In Aprll last year, Ted and son Mark Gradosielski took the above shot at Everest Base Camp – on a Rotary Club trip to help redecorate an orphanage in Kathmandu and trek to base camp with 9 school kids from Hoddesdon. He became President of the Rotary Club in Hoddesdon in 2016.  At the end of 2017, Ted was made a Liveryman in the City of London joining the Wax Chandlers who have always had a close relationship with the British Beekeepers Association.  Ted says he has concentrated on rearing gentle Queens whose workers will not sting beginner beekeepers.  The letter informing him of his award came on 3rd May from the Cabinet Office. Ted said:  "I am absolutely delighted and totally surprised! Never had a clue that a group of people thought me worthy of such an honour. "My most sincere thank you goes to all those that submitted answers to the ques...

~ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:16:32 GMT

Kings Cross Bee trail app goes live for the summer

The award-winning King’s Cross (KX) Bee Trail App 2018 will be available during the school summer holidays (July 9 – September 10) appealing to adults and children interested in bees and urban forage. The tech-enabled 60 minute bee tour of King's Cross unlocks content at 7 locations about bees and how to help them, and allows you to ID and count bees as you walk. Each of the seven locations along the 2018 KX Bee Trail are marked with a Honey Club sign. A 4-digit code on each sign, tapped into the App, unlocks a bee-related activity such as counting bees or learning about the forage that bees need to survive. Once the activity is completed, the App unlocks vouchers to some of the hip restaurants and cafes* in this emerging location behind King’s Cross Station.   The KX Bee Trail App is brought to you by The Honey Club, a partnership between King’s Cross-based youth charity Global Generation and Urban Bees. It was awarded a Bees’ Needs ...

~ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:10:27 GMT

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