Bees Needs Week

Bees Needs Week 2020 13-19 July  The BBKA will be sharing our favourite beekeeping moments on our social media: sharing our members photos of their beekeeping under lockdown and our most popular stories from the last 12 months. Follow us on social media  What is Bees Needs Week? Bees' Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators, This year due to Covid19 it'll be an  online event by sharing stories and videos through social media. So there won’t be a pop-up shop in Carnaby this year given the restrictions. Raising awareness of bees and other pollinators Bees’ and other pollinators aee vital for  growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens     There are 5 simple actions everyone can take for pollin...

~ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:42:22 GMT

Winter Survival Survey shows Higher Losses winter 2019

1 July 2020 The latest survey from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) shows higher losses of 17.3% of colonies compared to last year when losses were 9%. But the losses are under the average measured across all the surveys we have carried out so far which is 18.2%.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey. We had around 2,600 replies online which is 10% of our membership.  The highest survival rate was in the South West ( 10.2% losses) and the worst was the South East ( 21.7% losses).  You can find more information in the latest edition of BBKA News which is available in the Members Area of the website: The survey, and results of all the questions, will be placed on our website later.  -ends- 

~ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:14:28 GMT

Queen Rearing Courses are a Hit

7th June 2020 The BBKA introduced Queen Rearing Courses last year to encourage people to breed their own queens. Now surveys have shown high satisfaction with the knowledge they gained. All photos by Rachel Hills The reason for doing this is to encourage beekeepers to buy bees that are  locally adapted to their area, which are successful and avoid the risk of bringing diseases into the country and into their apiaries. The most recent example of this is Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV) which has appeared in many areas of the country and is associated with the importation of bees.  Funding was granted by Defra and late last summer 5 two-day courses with 10 beekeepers were run at four locations. Each course was taught by two Master Beekeepers, the lead tutor was Sean Stephenson. The 62 beekeepers were shown the two simple and successful methods of getting a new queen - grafting and the Miller Method, although other methods were also briefly discussed.  Eac...

~ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 09:30:38 GMT

Unconfirmed sighting of Asian Hornet on UK Mainland

Wednesday 3rd June, 2020 A small nest of hornets in an outbuilding in Monmouthshire has been destroyed but Defra have not confirmed that it was an Asian Hornet nest. Beekeepers in the area are keeping an eye out for Asian Hornets.  This is the picture of the nest and hornet emerging before it was destroyed.  All beekeepers are asked to be vigilant for hornets and keep looking for nests in sheds and trees on their walks outside.  -ends- 

~ Sun, 07 Jun 2020 11:08:48 GMT

Asian Hornet nest in Fowey found & destroyed

September 7 2018 An Asian Hornet nest has been found in Fowey in Cornwall and destroyed by bee inspectors. It was on Friday 31st August a beekeeper in the Fowey area found 2 Asian Hornets in a trap he'd set up near his beehives. They were positively identified by the Non Native Species Secretariat and a surveillance zone was set up on Tuesday (Sept 4). Killing traps and feeding traps with meat and sweet baits were deployed and there was a lot of  hornet activity around them. By timing their visits back to the bait, inspectors from the National Bee Unit were able to track them back to their nest.  The latest nest found on Jersey ( above )  The nest was detected on Thursday (Sept 6) and destroyed in the evening, when the hornets would have returned to the nest, by using CO2 gas to carry an active ingredient called bendiocarb. The nest was removed this morning at 0700.  It is described as a small nest, about the size of a child's football, and was situated about...

~ Mon, 18 May 2020 10:15:45 GMT