BBKA statement on Bee Importation

In light of the recent importation row BBKA would like to reiterate our statement on imported bees. You are reminded of the BBKA’s position of discouraging the importation of queen bees and packages from outside the UK. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves both of the origin of bees offered for sale and the regulations on bee importations pertinent to their location.

~ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:11:02 GMT

Defra publishes blog about bee importation row

Imported Bees  You are reminded of the BBKA’s position of discouraging the importation of queen bees and packages from outside the UK. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves both of the origin of bees offered for sale and the regulations on bee importations pertinent to their location. February 8 2021  Defra has published a blog setting out the law on importing bees post Brexit:  There has been a significant amount of press interest in, with some eye-catching headlines suggesting that 15m bees could be burnt under new Brexit import rules, with the story picked up in the Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Independent and Mail. So what’s happened? Since the end of the Transition Period, it has no longer been possible to import colonies or packages of bees directly into Great Britain from the EU. It’s still possible to import queen bees, and in 2020 we imported over 21,000 to GB. Anyone looking to import b...

~ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:00:54 GMT

Letter on Neonic Licence and What You Can do to Help

Thursday 28 January 2021 As a result of the clear vote at the ADM to ask the government to overturn their decision to allow neonic treatments on sugar beet crops this year, the BBKA Chair has written to Associations calling on members to approach their MP and make clear their concerns and to sign any of the four petitions below:  Your ADM representative may have informed you that there was an emergency proposition at the ADM referring to the Derogation being granted for the use of a Neonicotinoid treatment of Sugar Beet seeds to be sown in spring 2021. The ADM overwhelmingly decided to oppose this use of a pesticide which was banned in all EU countries in 2018. A letter has already been sent by Margaret Wilson, BBKA President, to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. If you have not seen the derogation the link is Derogation link Fact Sheet on Neonicotinoids and Sugar beet, - Why the concern re derogation? Pam Hunter, January 2021 The Tru...

~ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:39:47 GMT

25,000 Beekeepers Demand Govt Withdraw Neonic Licence

Monday 18 January 2021 More than 25,000 beekeepers are calling on the government to withdraw the derogation permitting the use of neonicotinoids on sugar beet and to allow no further breaches of the commitment to ban their use.  The annual delegate meeting, held online on Saturday 16 January, backed a motion from Hampshire delegate John Lauwery who said "this is looking to be the thin of the wedge and if we can't stand up for pollinating insects and bees who can?"  The BBKA Research Manager Pam Hunter said "The really worrying thing is that they have not only allowed a very nasty pesticide to be used but they are spraying off any flowers that come up near the treated fields saying they want to protect bees. This will cause huge environmental damage!"   Michael Badger MBE, a former President of the BBKA, said the government had gone back on an agreement to discuss anything concerning bees with the BBKA.   Delegates ...

~ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:30:24 GMT

BBKA Very Disappointed by Neonic Derogation

Saturday 9 Jan 2021 A letter is being sent to associations saying that the BBKA is "extremely disappointed and concerned" about a licence issued today by the government that will allow the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment, thiomethoxam (Cruiser SB) for Sugar Beet crops in 2021.  It also points out that the derogation may continue for two further years and that the farming press did not indicate any more dramatic effects on the beet crop in 2020 when compared with a range of other crops all suffering with an exceptional difficult year from problematic weather conditions.  You can see the full text of the letter below:  From Margaret Wilson – President BBKA Anne Rowberry – Chair BBKA Pam Hunter – Manager Research, technical and Environmental, BBKA Beekeepers will no doubt have seen the news that the Government announce the Emergency Authorisation (derogation) for the limited use of the neonicotinoid seed treatment – thiomethoxam (...

~ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:29:39 GMT