Bees Needs Week

13 June 2019  Bees’ Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.  During Bees’ Needs Week, London’s world-famous shopping destination is renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity.  The iconic Carnaby Street arch has been given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Newburgh Street from 8-13 July, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks. This will include:  A bumblearium giving visitors the chance to get close to the bee action  Virtual Reality headsets to experience the inner workings of a bumblebee nest Honey Tasting The chance to look at specimens of bees up close, using microscopes More information is available at: on twitter using #BeesNeeds -ends- 

~ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 10:08:20 GMT

First Asian hornet of 2019 found in Hampshire

3 July 2019 The first Asian Hornet of 2019 on UK mainland has been found in New Milton in Hampshire close to the New Forest. The Department of Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a press release saying it was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public, is thought to be a Queen and that inspectors are now in the area looking for a nest.  The report came in on an app called Asian Hornet Watch which sends a GPS location as well as a photo taken on a smartphone. It was the first confirmed report since October 2018.  Last year, two Asian Hornet queens were found in locations near where this one was found between the sea and the New Forest. The full list is on the press release.  The Bees Wasps & Ant Recording Society (BWARS) said their team verified the find. They are one of several agencies that the report is automatically sent to.  You can see a BBKA map showing the finds in the UK which started in 2016.   Since 2016, a t...

~ Fri, 05 Jul 2019 14:45:04 GMT

Record low level of winter losses of honeybees

Friday 28 June 2019  The annual survey carried out by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA ) to measure winter survival of honeybees shows that losses at 8.5% are at their lowest since the current survey programme was started in 2007/08.  The survey covers the period from 1st October 2018 to 1st April 2019 and was carried out online for the first time. 5581 members completed the survey.  The BBKA enjoys the membership of beekeepers from the whole of the British Isles and the Channel Isles, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Isles.  Honeybee losses   The overall winter survival rate was 91.5% or 8.5% losses. In England the rate was 91% survival with 9% losses, in Scotland 79% survival with 21% losses, Wales 94.3% survival with 5.7% losses and in the Channel Isles, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland survival rates were all above 98% so losses of less than 2% in those places.  The most striking result is the ...

~ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:03:34 GMT

192 million seeds for honeybees

The BBKA is today (Friday, 7th April 2017) distributing 1,000kg of flower seeds, free to members, at its annual Spring Convention in Shropshire. Donated by Burts Bees, as part of its ‘BringBackTheBees’ campaign, approximately 192 million seeds have been specially selected to provide a pollen and nectar-rich diet for honeybees and other pollinators and comprise a wide mix of 26 different, predominantly wildflower varieties. Loss of habitat Tim Lovett, Director of the BBKA’s Spring Convention, commented: “Pollen is particularly important to honeybees at the earliest stage of development because it is their only source of protein.  In common with many other creatures including humans, protein is an essential building block for growth, and honeybees without sufficient protein from pollen in their diet will fail to thrive.  Loss of habitat is believed to be one of the factors behind the decline in numbers of a wide range of pollinating insects inclu...

~ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:45:46 GMT

Cumbrian beekeeping school wins Government award

10 June 2019 Children at Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal in Cumbria are delighted to be winners of a 'Year of Green Action' award from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  The award is part of Bees Needs Week an annual event coordinated by DEFRA to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. It is part of the National Pollinator Strategy.  Jacqui Cottam, Chair of Governors at the school, along with teacher, Karen Harper, set up their 6 colony apiary 3 years ago,  but the schools passion for all pollinators and solitary bees goes back a long way.  Peter Hicks wearing bee shirt made for him by his wife and daughter "When Mr Peter Hicks, our Headteacher, joined the school almost 9 years ago, his vision was to really use our 6.5 acres not just to provide a space for children to learn, play and explore but, also, to create a forage and habitat rich environment for solitary bees and pollinators" says Jacqui.  The judges...

~ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:42:20 GMT

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