BBKA News

BBKA News

  • Neonicotinoids

    Statement from the British Beekeepers' Association President, Anne Rowberry, on banned bee-killing pesticides: “The BBKA is totally opposed to the use of this and similar pesticides due to their effect on honeybees and other pollinators, and the wider environment. The UK government has yet again issued a licence for the temporary use of this banned bee-killing pesticide just days after the EC High Court ruled that all temporary licences for banned pesticides were forbidden in Europe. Our government’s Environment Policy rewards farmers for planting more wildflowers for pollinators. Surely these temporary licences make a mockery of encouraging more pollinators onto farmland. As a matter of urgency, the BBKA would be grateful if you could register your opposition to any use of banned bee-killing pesticides by writing to your MP.” Further information is available here.   For interviews please contact: Diane Roberts, Press Officer on 07841 625797 24th Janu...
  • How to plan your weekend at BBKA Spring Convention

    Find out more about what's on offer at the BBKA Spring Convention Download the 2023 Spring Convention programme here Workshops and seminars need to be booked. You can book these from Noon on 30th January  Lectures CANNOT be pre-booked. Entry is included with a full Convention wristband or full day ticket for the appropriate day (not Trade Show only). Don't forget the Not for Profit Exhibition on Friday and Saturday; Trade show and Speakers Corner just on Saturday. The full schedule is in the full programme pages 50-52. When you have ordered your tickets you will be sent a copy of the programme.  In the meantime, download the full version and you're able to plan your day.  Download the Full 2023 Spring Convention programme here There are lectures, seminars and workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Not for Profit Exhibition is open on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd and also on Saturday there's the Trade Show. See the full programme for more details. ...
  • Researchers

    If you have a research proposal that you believe would be of interest to the BBKA then please contact us by email to request an application form: bbka@bbka.org.uk Please be aware that we need at least 6 – 8 weeks to appraise all requests.  It is important, therefore, to allow sufficient time for all applications to be considered as there will not be an instant reply to any submissions. Unfortunately, we are not able to fund research in overseas areas or offer any funding to overseas researchers.  Also, we are not able to fund or assist with new equipment for beekeeping, new feed or treatment products or support commercial products. All requests for funding are submitted to the Research Committee which comprises elected BBKA Trustees.  If the Research Committee, in conjunction with an expert panel, believes the application is valid and of interest it will then go to the BBKA Executive Committee for final approval of funding. We are also approached by researcher...
  • Current Research Projects

    These are the research projects which the BBKA is currently funding:   Prof F Ratneiks, University of Sussex:  Availability of summer bee forage in domestic garden lawns: flower species, bee and insect species and effects of lawn management. Dr Barbara Smith, Coventry University:  Thriving Hive - mapping particulate presence in apiculture across the UK. Further information is available here. Dr R Vinkenoog & Catherine Baldock, Northumbria University:  Quantifying the importance of tree floral resources for pollinators in urban landscapes. This research hopes to answer various questions such as: How much pollen and nectar resources are produced by trees in urban landscapes? How do pollinators use urban tree resources in urban landscapes? What is the importance of urban trees for pollinators, and what is the importance of these pollinators for urban trees? How does the addition of urban trees affect city-scale plant-pollinator comm...
  • Previous Research Projects

    Projects which the BBKA has supported in the past and which have now been completed are listed here:   Professor Juliet Osborne and Dr Peter Kennedy, University of Exeter:  Prey Spectrum of Asian Hornets. This project looked specifically at the prey of the hornet, a really interesting topic about which little is currently known.  Previous work mostly used microscopic remains of species which did not give a true picture.  The aim was to use next-generation DNA barcoding using the COI gene to identify the prey species accurately.  They worked with partners in France, Jersey and Spain who collected samples from hornet nests which were then brought back for studying. Further information is available here. Prof Steve Martin, University of Salford:  Understand the evolution of natural Varroa tolerance mechanisms in the UK beekeeping population. Click here to read the BBKA News article published in October 2021 Dr R Vinkenoog, Northumbria U...
  • Area Associations

    A number of BBKA Associations undertake research in separately managed projects or sometimes as part of a main BBKA project. It is recognised that some Associations have both the necessary expertise and the enthusiasm to carry out or support research into beekeeping.  The BBKA can help and if more information is required then please contact us by email: bbka@bbka.org.uk In the current climate of rising costs and continuing restrictions on research budgets the BBKA is pleased to welcome funds from any Associations who wish to support beekeeping research.  Any funds donated for research will be ringfenced from general funds and only used for research.
  • January In the Apiary 2023

                                                                                                                                 Karl Colyer A new year for you and for your bees. Karl will share reminders, tips and ideas each month to help your bees and your beekeeping. Hi Everybody. I am just an ordinary beekeeper who is conscious of the cost of beekeeping, excited by the wonder of nature and lives a busy life, as we all do, so I am always looking for simple and effective ways to keep my bees happy and productive, and my beekeeping sustainable. Resources for your bees Food stores in your hive(s) should still be abundant at this time of year, but do not be tempted to ope...
  • Asian Hornet Conference 2023

    Asian Hornet Conference 2023 The Conference will look at several difference aspects relating to the science surrounding Asian Hornets.  There will be a summary of some of the work done as part of the Atlantic Positive Project; a short introduction to the Asian Hornet life history; details of developments surrounding possible deterrents, detection and protection within apiaries; and an update on the situation in Europe. Confirmed speakers: Peter Kennedy, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter Nigel Semmence, Contingency Planning & Science Officer, Bee Health Advisory Service – National Bee Unit  Xulio Maside Rodríguez, Univ. Santiago de Compostela   Ana Isabel Garcia, Univ. Santiago de Compostela   Maria Shantal Rodriguez Flores, Univ. Vigo (Ourense)   Ana Dieguez Anton, Univ. Vigo (Ourense)  Andrew Durham Please book your place and you will receive a 'Zoom' webinar...
  • Ian McLean

    Ian passed away in December 2022.  He was a true stalwart of Ormskirk & Croston, the Association and NBU.  He will be sadly missed by all.   For those who hadn't the privilege of knowing Ian, he was recently awarded his BBKA '50 years of Beekeeping' certificate at Ormskirk & Croston's AGM and here is the accompanying citation: Ian started beekeeping in 1972 and shortly afterwards enrolled on the first BBKA Correspondence Course. This culminated in being awarded the Wax Chandlers Prize for the best senior candidate in 1980. He joined the Exam Board of which he was Moderator for about 9 years, and in 1984 gained the NDB. As a BBKA examiner he examined many beekeepers at varying levels over the years. Around 1990 he was seconded by IBRA to GTZ, the German overseas aid agency teaching beekeeping in Pakistan. When the funding for this ceased in 1992 he returned to the UK to hear that varroa had been found in Devon and subsequently was employed by M...
  • December In the Apiary 2022

                                                                                                                              Jeremy Quinlan If you treated with thymol in August, I hope you mean to follow up with a dose of oxalic acid this month when the opportunity presents. What to do now Continue to heft; better with a luggage scale, weigh first one side, then the other, add the weights together and note the total. Check entrances are clear. Fresh debris on mite check boards will tell you that all is well. The queen will start laying as the day length increases, and when she does the bees need to provide a warm brood nest of 35°C, so food is consumed at an ever-increasing rate...

The Association's apiary in North Shropshire

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The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire. We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members old and new can gain experience in handling bees.

Our Vision

visionWe encourage and develop
the art and science of bee keeping


visionWe strive to educate
Through group meetings, practical out apiary events and educational support 

NSBKA

The North Shropshire Beekeepers' Association - to encourage and develop the art and science of bee keeping