Deadline for November written and online exams

September 21, 2021 The next module examination date is 13th November 2021, applications must be submitted online before 30th September 2021. When completing the application form, you will need to select your preference for online or in person at a local venue. Both formats of the exam  will be run at the same time. How to get an application form Contact your local association Education Secretary and they will email you a unique link to the online application form, the link can only be used once so please make sure you have all the information ready before starting the application. During the application process you will be asked to pay the examination fees via credit card. Is the Online examination any different from the written paper? The online examination follows the exact layout and questions of the written paper, however there are nuances to navigating through the paper and viewing the questions. Take a tour around the Online Exam and learn some tricks and tips...

~ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:54:41 GMT

Winners of Photo Competition Announced

Friday 27 November 2020 The Winner of the 2020 BBKA Photo Competition has been announced as Paul Davison of Newcastle for his wonderful picture of a wasp feeding. Entrants were asked to provide any photo of a hornet (European or Asian) or of a wasp or any device invented to trap them alive.  Mr Davison will get a £100 Thorne's voucher to spend on bee equipment.  The runner-up was James Mellor, from St Leonards-on-Sea, who captured a sharp shot of a native European Hornet in the grass.  Congratulations to them both!  You can support our work to combat Asian Hornets Save the Bees  -ends-

~ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 12:23:00 GMT

New Observation Hive in Middlesbrough

9th August 2021 Cleveland Beekeepers Association (CBKA) has set up a new observation hive in the Discovery Centre at Newham Grange Farm in Middlesbrough. The bees are already hard at work giving visitors an up close insight into the lives of these fascinating creatures.  Three of the Association's expert beekeepers will be on site every Friday at 2pm to inspect the hive and chat to visitors.  The hive was previously situated in the Children's Room at the Dorman Museum from the 1960s before being donated to a CBKA member.  Ian Peacock, Chair of the CBKA, said: "We often use mobile observation hives at show to engage people and encourage them to be more bee aware.  "It's great that it's now found a permanent home at Newham Grange and will continue to fascinate and delight new visitors and bring back happy memories for a great many people who will remember it down the years." Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mieka Smiles said: "It's so important right ...

~ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:48:57 GMT

Starvation & Foulbrood Warning

Friday 9 April 2021 The BBKA is issuing a warning to beekeepers to check their bees for starvation and European Foulbrood during this cold snap.  Emergency feeding may be needed. It would be advisable to check the food levels by opening the hive and making a very quick observation of their store levels. It is also important to check that hives have small entrances as Foulbrood is about in some areas and small colonies or those suffering disease may not be able to defend themselves from infected intruders if they have a large opening to defend.  Strong colonies may try to rob weaker ones and thus contract the infections. It is probably not possible to inspect the colonies as it is still too cold, but the best defence is to ensure they all have food. You can make a careful inspection of their brood to check for infections when it is warm enough.  Key points to remember are: • The colony may still have stores available which are at the other end of the brood cha...

~ Mon, 19 Jul 2021 14:00:16 GMT

Defra Survey about training for beekeepers and bee farmers

Friday 9 April 2021 Defra and the Welsh Government are asking beekeepers and bee farmers to do a survey about training that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry.  How can training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers be improved? Have your say by taking a survey.   Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.    A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and ...

~ Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:58:47 GMT