BBKA News

BBKA News

  • Buzz Gifts - Save the Bees

    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.
  • Veterinary Medicines Warning

    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. Varroa treatments  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...
  • Spring Convention 2021

    The dates for the 2021 Spring Convention are 16-18 April.
  • How do I become a beekeeper?

    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.  Courses Throughout spring and summer, de...
  • Posh Bee Survey July-November

    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...
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  • November Exams Cancelled

    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...
  • Thank you for your membership enquiry

    Thank you for your application to join the BBKA as a direct member. Your application will be processed within the next 5 working days at which time you will be emailed an online application to complete. Should you have any enquiries in the meantime or if you do not receive the application form email within 5 working days please �contact members@bbka.org.uk
  • Thank you for joining the BBKA

    Thank you for joining the BBKA as a direct member You should receive a receipt by email which includes your BDI insurance. If your email does not arrive please check your Junk / Spam folder.
  • Become a member of the BBKA

    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 ...

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