First Asian Hornet Conference Held

Tuesday 11th February 2020  The BBKA’s first Asian hornet conference was held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at Myton school in Warwick.  Anne Rowberry, chair of the BBKA organised the event. It comprised of a series of talks by Asian hornet experts and concluded with a question and answer sessions. The day was well attended by Asian Hornet Action Team members and feedback received was good. Talks were: Professor Steven Martin – Life History and current research Xesus Feas - Asian Hornet research in Spain and Portugal Alistair Christie The Jersey experience in 2019 Peter Kennedy Research in 2020 Belinda Philipson   NBU update on 2019 and policy moving forward update on 2019 and policy moving forward as well as Sandra Gray  Anne Rowberry gave a short talk about Gaining Recognition for your position as an Asian Hornet Co-ordinator and Team members: short certification qualification explained which included a couple of questions to show examples. ...

~ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:21:54 GMT

Calendar from National Bee Supplies helps BBKA

19 November 2019        A calendar from National Bee Supplies (NBS) is raising money for the BBKA and may be the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love. The photos of bees are from a competition run by NBS earlier in the year and like the amazing one above are incredibly detailed and beautiful.  Sam Arnold from Suttons Seeds (By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Seedsmen) who own NBS said:  "We were genuinely blown away by the quality of photographs entered into #nbspoty, which made our job of choosing a winner near-impossible! It was so difficult, in fact, that we have decided to showcase some of the runners-up in our first ever National Bee Supplies Calendar.   "Each and every image we’ve included was worthy of the crown, and we hope that you enjoy admiring the tiny details and breath-taking beauty as they take pride of place in your home! Better yet, we are proud to donate £1 from every calendar sold to the BBKA (Brit...

~ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 13:44:21 GMT

More than 40% of beekeepers say they had a better honey harvest in 2019

Friday 25th October The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) annual survey of how much honey they have harvested from their bees shows the highest yield in 10 years. The average crop was 40.25 pounds of honey. In 2012 they only produced an average of 8 pounds and the previous highest crop was in 2014.  Important factors  Beekeepers report that the most important factors for producing a good crop are abundant forage throughout the beekeeping season, good colony health and the right weather. And this year the small number of colonies ( 2 %) moved to seasonal forage like heather and those colonies sited near wooded areas or forestry did the best.  Most of the 1,039 beekeepers who responded to the survey only had 1 or 2 colonies but next most popular amount was 5-10 colonies.  Best region The highest average yield was in the South East followed by East region. 60% of BBKA members keep their honeybees in a rural/countryside landscape, 29% in suburban ga...

~ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:06:33 GMT

Second Asian Hornet nest found & destroyed at Christchurch

12 October 2019 A second Asian Hornet nest has been found near the first in Christchurch in Dorset. The first nest, high in a tall tree, was destroyed on 4th of October and thanks to continuing surveillance of the area this second nest was found at ground level.  It is thought to be a primary nest. Genetic analysis will be carried out on the nests.  Three nests have been found and destroyed so far this year - two at Christchurch and one at Tamworth in Staffordshire. There have been  confirmed sightings of Asian Hornets at Ashford in Kent and New Milton in Hampshire.  Since 2016, there have been a total of 17 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and nine nests have been destroyed. The latest finding means that as the leaves fall off the trees we want you to look up for nests previously hidden in foliage and we also need you to watch insects flying at lower levels. It is now clear that we need to be alert for hornets flying low as well.  -ends...

~ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:01:48 GMT

Bermondsey Street Bees raises more than £1,000 for Apiary Project

7 October 2019 Bermondsey Street Bees, based in London, have raised more than a £1,000 for the BBKA's Apiary & Education Project. The money mostly comes from a honey cocktails event they held with Aberfeldy Whisky. Sarah Wyndham-Lewis from Bermondsey St Bees explained: "In 2018 Dewar's Aberfeldy Global Brand Ambassador, Georgie Bell, approached Bermondsey Street Bees to collaborate on a 5 year long worldwide project supporting honeybees.  "Aberfeldy's original thought was to donate beehive to key bar locations, starting in London, unaware that London already has the densest population of honeybees in Europe and a continuing loss of foraging areas.  "Bermondsey Street Bees discussed this with them and a more powerful concept began to evolve. Aberfeldy would educate bartenders to throw away the squeezy bottle of processed supermarket honey and instead source raw honey from their own localities to put in their drinks. They would thus be directly supporting local ...

~ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:25:26 GMT