• Melomakarona

    These biscuits are delicious when fresh and keep well for several weeks so make an ideal gift.  They are both dairy-free and egg-free and are traditionally topped with chopped walnuts.  This version also has a walnut filling and you can decorate with chocolate if you like. Total time:  2 hours plus cooling.   Cooking:  25 minutes      Makes 38. Ingredients Syrup 200g Sugar 300ml Water 2 Cinnamon sticks 4 Cloves 1 Orange 300g Honey Biscuits 500g Plain flour                            150g Fine semolina 100g Sugar                                    1 tsp Baking powder ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda          2 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Nutmeg, ground                 ½ tsp Cloves, ground ½ tsp Salt ...
  • December In the Apiary 2023

    Karl Colyer With the shortest day looming, followed by endless weeks of cold weather, the bees will be at their least active stage of the year.  Everything is now geared to on-going survival using stored resources until nectar and pollen are once more available. And now we wait. And wait. Maybe a mild and sunny day will stumble by. If so, try to make it a priority to observe any activity at the entrance. If you treat for Varroa at this time of the year, choose the time of day wisely to minimise the impact on the bees. Leave the bees alone Winter has arrived and the bees instinctively know what to do to get by. We humans can be curious and inquisitive as to what is going on inside the box. If that curiosity turns into impatience, try to hold back the temptation to have a peep inside. The bees will be expending effort using their wing muscles (but not their wings) to create warmth through a process very similar to what we call shivering. Those on the inside of the cluster will be...
  • BBKA Asian Hornet Documents

    BBKA PowerPoint Presentation   File 'How To Track Asian Hornets' Instruction Leaflet written for the BBKA by Sarah Bunker    PDF File Press Releases Bus Advertising Campaign Press Release Asian Hornet Week Press Release Colouring Sheet   PDF File
  • BBKA Asian Hornet Artwork

    Poster Designs   PDF File       PDF File   PDF File     PDF File Bus Advertising    PDF File Additional artwork including a QR code for the Asian Hornet section of the BBKA website:   PDF File Banner Designs This artwork can be used to have your own banner printed.  There are a number of website which offer this including:      PDF File     PDF File Honey Jar Label Templates Use these templates to add Asian Hornet labels to honey jars to help raise awareness.   Word File     Template for Avery L7160 labels (21 to a page)   Word File    Template for Avery L7161 labels (18 to a page) Information Card A double-sided information card - 4 to a page   PDF File
  • NBU/APHA Resources

    Requests for Asian hornet posters and ID sheets can be sent to:  For hard copies please include a postal address.     PDF File   PDF File     PDF File Hover over image, right click and select 'save as'.   PDF File
  • Asian Hornet Resources from Associations

    London Beekeepers Association Artwork designed by Lucie Chaumeton.   The A4 version prints as a poster or leaflet and the square version is good for social media. London Beekeepers Association would like this artwork shared with as many people as possible. Simply hover over the image, right click and choose 'save as'.   Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association Asian Hornet Graphics Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association MP Letter Template to urge action from the government about Asian Hornets.
  • Friends of the Honey Bee

                                              'Friends of the Honey Bee' is a BBKA initiative aimed at reaching out to schools and other community groups to encourage them to become more bee friendly and aware of the importance of all pollinators. Benefits of becoming a 'Friend of the Honey Bee': FREE to join! Use of the 'Friends of the Honey Bee' logo within school and on school stationery Laminated membership certificate 'Friends of the Honey Bee' stickers A termly newsletter from the BBKA BBKA assistance to facilitate a visit and presentation by a beekeeper          Some suggested activities for 'Friends of the Honey Bee' schools: Planting for bees and pollinators, making the most of available opportunities - you don’t need to have a lot of space to plant some seeds in pots and planters or you can try using recycled materials. Sharin...
  • The difference you make

    Apiary and Education Appeal YouTube Video Filmed by fridaysky : Thanks to a generous legacy from a beekeeper, Jim Hopkins, together with generous donations from the public and corporate sponsors, the BBKA has been able to complete work on the office building and apiary garden to provide the facilities needed for an educational centre aimed at schools and community groups. The office building has been modified to create a modern training hall with disabled facilities. Wooden structures and wheelchair friendly paths have been installed in the apiary garden as well as a wildlife pond and bog garden. There is a large wooden cabin which can be used as an external classroom and there is a large viewing window which allows visitors to watch safely whilst a hive of bees is opened by a beekeeper outside. This work has enabled us to invite school groups to spend a day with us free of charge to learn about ho...
  • Photos & Images

    Hover over any image, right click and choose 'save as'. Bus Advertising Photos   Crediton.  Photo credit:  Simon O'Sullivan                                             Torbay, Devon.  Photo credit:  Colin Lodge Comparison Photo Please credit 'Angus Deuchar' if using this photo. 2023 Sightings Graphs                                                                          
  • Plan your BBKA Spring Convention

    Planning for 2024 BBKA Spring Convention 2024 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the British Beekeepers Association. There’s no better place to come and celebrate this than the BBKA’s Spring Convention! The planning for the Spring Convention starts long before Spring, and whilst some speakers and workshops have yet to be finalised, it’s going to be a really special event. If you’re feeling a bit “Zoomed out” then come along and participate in some real-world beekeeping activities. The Spring Convention has real-life speakers, workshops and seminars! The BBKA Spring Convention is held at Harper Adams University   near Newport, in Shropshire. The dates for 2024 are 12th - 14th April.  The one day Trade Show will be on Saturday 13th April. Many traders have special offers available to pre-order, as well as having new items of kit available to examine at the Show. The event is held across the campus in several buildings, with l...

The Association's apiary in North Shropshire


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 


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