Press Release: Beekeepers Put £90,000 Into Bee Health Research

PRESS RELEASE: From the CB Dennis British Beekeepers’ Research Trust, Bee Diseases Insurance Limited and The British Beekeepers Association Embargoed until 00:01 12th August 2022 BEE RESEARCH GETS A BIG BOOST The health of honey bees is of increasing importance, so the CB Dennis British Beekeepers’ Research Trust, Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd and The British Beekeepers Association are combining to fully fund a three year research studentship into bee health. British Universities and Research Institutes are being invited to apply with a research proposal that would improve our understanding of bee health and contribute to the long-term benefit of bees. Funding a student to undertake the research for a doctorate also helps ensure that we have high class researchers in the field of bee health for the future. The grant will fully fund the research and is worth up to £90,000 over the three years. The President of Bees Disease Insurance, Martin Smith said, ‘The abili...

~ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:35:46 GMT

Honey Labelling Petition

This petition has now closed with 15,297 signatures. Many thanks to all who have signed and shared. 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. More details: Sign this petition       Thank you for your support Anne Rowberry, BBKA President

~ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 15:13:49 GMT

Pictures from the opening of the National Apiary Garden

Saturday 23rd July 2022 The official opening of the National Apiary Garden at BBKA HQ Stoneleigh has taken place. The ribbon on the gates into the garden was officially cut by the family of the late Jim Hopkins, the beekeeper whose generous legacy enabled this project to go ahead. A tree planting ceremony was watched by past and present Presidents of the BBKA as well as members of the Hopkins family, current Trustees, BBKA staff and school visit volunteers.  Our patron, The Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, Anthony Bickmore, planted a tree to mark the Queen's Jubilee in the new apiary garden.  This fantastic new facility has enabled the BBKA to invite schools to spend a day with us to learn, through discovery and creativity, about the importance of honeybees, pollinators, beekeeping and the environment.  Please click here for further details about our school visits. Ribbon cut  Tree planting            ...

~ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:18:51 GMT

Bees feature at Queen's Ju-bee-lee Family Fun Days in Warwickshire

Tuesday 31 May 2022 The British Beekeeper's Association (BBKA) Show Team have been giving families at Compton Verney mansion in Warwickshire a fascinating show of Beekeeping skills. Local volunteers are helping to celebrate all things pollinator. As well as the ever popular live bee inspections, beekeepers are helping to raise awareness of the importance of a long season of forage for pollinators. The exhibit is also extolling the value of quality honey from your "local beekeeper".   Visitors can discover more about honey extractions or try their hand at the ancient art of skep making. They can learn about the processes used to catch swarms or join in with beeswax candle rolling.  You can also join the Compton Verney grounds team who are showing you how to create a successful wildflower meadow in your garden.  Link to the event: https://www.comptonverney.org.uk/event/queens-ju-bee-lee-family-fun-days/ -ends- 

~ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 14:09:13 GMT

BBKA withdraws from International Meeting of Young Beekeepers

February 25 2022 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers 2022 is planned to be held in Russia.  BBKA's Executive Committee has decided to withdraw from the event this year. BBKA's president is investigating whether an event can be held in the UK this year to celebrate our own young beekeepers.  -ends-

~ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 11:16:19 GMT