If 2020 has taught us one thing - it's that life is precious and delicate. Bees pollinate billions of plants each year, including millions of agricultural crops. It is estimated bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat. Without them, many plants and crops we rely on would die off. We are hoping to raise £1000 through your kind donations to help The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) The BBKA educates and trains beekeepers of the future and supports vital research. They also work hard to raise the profile of beekeeping amongst young people through its school programme and junior certificates to ensure the next generation will be well equipped to do the important work we urgently need to continue. Thank you for your donation.
Tuesday, 11th August 2020
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is warning beekeepers to use veterinary medicines safely, effectively and legally.
In practice this means you must follow the instructions in the package leaflet unless directed otherwise by your vet.
The VMD says it has received a number of specific enquires about the use of amitraz-based products for the treatment of varroosis in the UK.
There are 2 authorised amitraz-based products in the UK - Apitraz and Apivar. The VMD wants to remind beekeepers that Neither of these should be used during a honey flow or when honey supers are on the hive.
You should only use UK-authorised veterinary medicinal products to treat varroosis in honeybees, unless an appropriate authorised medicine is not available and a veterinary surgeon has prescribed a different product under the prescribing cascade.
A list of all UK-authorised products is available on the VMD's product informa...
The dates for the 2021 Spring Convention are 16-18 April.
Keeping bees healthy and productive requires knowledge and skill. Beekeeping is made much easier by belonging to a local Beekeepers Association (BKA), where you should be given advice, tuition and support. Find BKA here
One of the key questions you might ask is: Should I keep bees?
Why join a local association?
You will get great advice, a mentor and access to training and a library of books about beekeeping. Associations will run courses at certain times of the year which will show you the magical world of beekeeping.
By taking part in an 'Introduction to Beekeeping' course, you will understand the level of responsibility required to become a good beekeeper. Most associations support the course with a visit to a local apiary, where you can handle bees, before you make any investment in equipment and your honey bees. And you will have mentors who will help as you start to keep bees for yourself.
Throughout spring and summer, de...
Thursday 30th July 2020
The PoshBee project, which the BBKA is supporting, is developing a new tool that gives an overview of the health status of beehives, involving 8 countries: Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. By filling in these surveys you can help the team investigate incentives and barriers to using the new tool. Surveys are completely anonymous and take 10-15 minutes to complete.
What are the benefits to beekeepers and growers?
The tool will give a rapid insight into the health of the colony. Beekeepers will be assisted with early identification of beehive issues (pesticide exposure, diseases, malnutrition,etc.), while growers will be provided with information on adopting better farm management systems and more reliable honeybee pollination services.
Your contribution is important!
Beekeepers and growers are key to understanding motivations as well as barriers to the use of the new tool; your contribution will help us id...
BBKA News Special Editions
Exam Board Statement
"The global outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that we have had to limit socialising and gatherings to help prevent the spread of this disease. Inevitably, this has had a huge impact on the BBKA exam system, that relies on candidates, assessors and invigilators to meet in close proximity or travel some distance away from home.
"Following the feedback from many associations and individuals on the matter, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the BBKA assessments for the remaining part of 2020. These include Show Judge certificate in October as well as Module exams and Microscopy assessments in November.
"The main concern of the Exam Board is the safety of all candidates, assessors and invigilators. While some associations have indicated that they may be able to facilitate the Module exams, others have advised against it. We want to offer equal opportunities to all members who wish to take BBKA exams. With the current situation, however, we...
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Membership of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) brings many rewards
We recommend, particularly if you are a new beekeeper or want to start beekeeping, that you join your local BBKA affiliated beekeeping association who can provide training and support but you are also part of the national organisation. Partner, Junior and School memberships are also available.
Support and mentoring
Practical teaching at the training apiary
Training and education meetings
Online forum for beekeeping support
£10m third party public & product liability insurance
Monthly full cover membership magazine, BBKA News, posted to you
On-line BBKA News magazine archive which is fully searchable
Beekeeping examinations held to the highest level
Annual Spring Convention and Exhibition with a full range of lectures and seminars
Webshop with educational books and resources
Appear on the online swarm collectors map
Discounts from suppliers to help set up as a beekeeper