Statement from the British Beekeepers' Association President, Anne Rowberry, on banned bee-killing pesticides: “The BBKA is totally opposed to the use of this and similar pesticides due to their effect on honeybees and other pollinators, and the wider environment. The UK government has yet again issued a licence for the temporary use of this banned bee-killing pesticide just days after the EC High Court ruled that all temporary licences for banned pesticides were forbidden in Europe. Our government’s Environment Policy rewards farmers for planting more wildflowers for pollinators. Surely these temporary licences make a mockery of encouraging more pollinators onto farmland. As a matter of urgency, the BBKA would be grateful if you could register your opposition to any use of banned bee-killing pesticides by writing to your MP.” Further information is available here.   For interviews please contact: Diane Roberts, Press Officer on 07841 625797 24th Janu...

~ Wed, 25 Jan 2023 10:28:45 GMT

Our President presents jar of honey to the King

Friday 21 October 2022  Happy National Honey Day! BBKA President Anne Rowberry went to London yesterday and presented a jar of honey to the King.  She presented herself to security at the side entrance to Buckingham Palace and asked if she could take her jar of honey in? After explaining who she was one of the security team decided to call the office and was told to admit her. She met a member of the King's household who assured her that the Head of Household would make sure the jar, along with a short note about National Honey Day, was on King Charles III's breakfast table in the morning.  As Anne exited the palace, the police officer, who had tried to send her away, explained that in 23 years nobody except her had been allowed to give their gift to staff.  Anne then went to the House of Commons to present another jar of honey to her constituency MP Wera Hobhouse.  She was still in question time so we toured the halls and even went through the tunne...

~ Fri, 13 Jan 2023 11:08:42 GMT

First National Honey Day

Tuesday 18th October 2022  The British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) is celebrating the first National Honey Day on Friday 21st October when we are encouraging people to buy a jar of local honey, produced by bees here in the UK.  Not only do we want to ensure people are aware of all the benefits honey provides but we are seeking to celebrate the pleasure of eating honey.  Honey has been enjoyed all over the world for centuries, it was found in the Egyptian tombs and is often depicted being collected by bees in ancient cave drawings.  We want friends and families to share pictures of themselves on social media with their honey and to show us how they like to use it. On toast, in porridge, baking cakes or perhaps making mead and cosmetics with honey? BBKA President, Anne Rowberry, says: “We are keen for the public to know where their honey originates and buying local honey means they know the area where the bees have been working. Local honey sh...

~ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:14:25 GMT

New Area Association

Saturday 15 January  We have a new Area Association in the BBKA voted for at the Annual Delegate Meeting which took place today (15 Jan). Laddingford is a hamlet near Yalding in Kent and their beekeepers will now be members of the Laddingford Beekeepers Association.  They had tried for three years to get their new status having previously been a branch of Thanet BKA.  It takes our total for Associations to 74. -ends- 

~ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 09:12:33 GMT

Honey Labelling Petition

October 2022 Please sign and share our new honey labelling petition. Update:   Many thanks to all who signed and shared the previous petition.  It is now closed with 15,297 signatures. February 2022 We need the government to overhaul and update the labelling of the honey sold in the UK. This is the first step in reducing the amount of ‘so-called’ honey sold in our supermarkets that contain very little honey produced by bees. Please consider signing this petition and ask your friends to sign it. This affects anyone who buys, sells or eats honey. Review honey authenticity and current regulation of the honey market Fully review the honey market and Honey Regulations, to review evidence of honey fraud within the honey market, and reform regulations and arrangements for enforcement, to prevent future fraud. Thank you for your support Anne Rowberry, BBKA President

~ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 14:34:21 GMT