• BBKA Very Disappointed by Neonic Derogation

    Saturday 9 Jan 2021 A letter is being sent to associations saying that the BBKA is "extremely disappointed and concerned" about a licence issued today by the government that will allow the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment, thiomethoxam (Cruiser SB) for Sugar Beet crops in 2021.  It also points out that the derogation may continue for two further years and that the farming press did not indicate any more dramatic effects on the beet crop in 2020 when compared with a range of other crops all suffering with an exceptional difficult year from problematic weather conditions.  You can see the full text of the letter below:  From Margaret Wilson – President BBKA Anne Rowberry – Chair BBKA Pam Hunter – Manager Research, technical and Environmental, BBKA Beekeepers will no doubt have seen the news that the Government announce the Emergency Authorisation (derogation) for the limited use of the neonicotinoid seed treatment – thiomethoxam (...
  • BBKA News - Reader Survey

    BBKA News Reader Survey 2021 We are constantly striving to improve the service we offer our readers and we value your opinions and ideas on the current BBKA News content, article balance and style.  With this in mind we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to read through some questions and give us your feedback so that we may better understand what we are doing right and where we can make changes for the better.  The survey is printed on page 19 of the January 2021 BBKA News It is also available to complete online The deadline is 31st January 2021.  -ends-  -ends-
  • Spring Convention 2021

    The dates for the 2021 Spring Convention are 16-18 April. The BBKA Spring Convention - An Armchair Event The Spring Convention 2021 will be an on-line ‘virtual’ event Speakers include: Keith Delaplane (USA), Steve Pernal (Canada) and from the UK - Steve Martin, Celia Davis, Nicola Bradbear, Marin Anastasov, Jane Medwell, Rinke Vinkenoog, Colin Pavey, Lynfa Davies, Matthew Pound, Shirley & Richard Bond and more – Plus the Virtual Trade Show and Social Activity. More information here in the coming weeks and months.
  • National Hive Count 2020

    Animal & Plant Health Agency The National Bee Unit (NBU) is urging beekeepers to please not forget this year’s Hive Count! To update your BeeBase record, click on the link and submit your response by 31st December 2020. It is important that you update your record, even if this is to confirm that you currently have no colonies. If you have any further questions, please visit the Hive Count page on BeeBase or contact us at
  • November 2020 - NBU Starvation and Varroa Alert

    Monday 7 December  The National Bee Unit (NBU) observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food. Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily. For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allo...
  • Marin Anastasov talk: Nutritional requirement and supplemental feeding

    Marin Anastasov talk: Nutritional requirement and supplemental feeding Nutrition is a basic biological need and the pre-requisite for a healthy and productive colony. Carbohydrates provide bees with the energy for flight, movement and heat, while protein, fats, vitamins and minerals are needed for the growth, function and development of the colony. This talk will cover the importance of different nutrients to both individual bees and to the colony and will look at the different types of feed required at different times of the year. It will describe when, how, and what to feed bees, the different types of food available, and the various types of feeders. Please note Head Office will be shut after hours on the night of the talk, so if you are having problems logging on to Zoom, please email as this Inbox will be monitored up until the start of the event. Please remember that you must have pre-registered first. About Marin Anastasov, NDB Marin ...
  • Winners of Photo Competition Announced

    Friday 27 November 2020 The Winner of the 2020 BBKA Photo Competition has been announced as Paul Davison of Newcastle for his wonderful picture of a wasp feeding. Entrants were asked to provide any photo of a hornet (European or Asian) or of a wasp or any device invented to trap them alive.  Mr Davison will get a £100 Thorne's voucher to spend on bee equipment.  The runner-up was James Mellor, from St Leonards-on-Sea, who captured a sharp shot of a native European Hornet in the grass.  Congratulations to them both!  You can support our work to combat Asian Hornets Save the Bees  -ends-
  • 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers Cancelled

    Wednesday 25 November 2020 The 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers which was due to take place in Slovenia has been cancelled. In the current pandemic, the organisers decided that they could not guarantee the wellbeing of the participants so the meeting cannot go ahead.  The objectives of IMYB are for young beekeepers to meet new friends from around the world, exchange their experiences and explore new cultures. The Slovenian team said "We hope you understand the decision. Hoping the situation gets better, we plan to meet you all in 2022 in Russia and then back again in Slovenia in 2023!"  The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) sends a team to the IMYB and will be informing next year's participants about the cancellation.  -ends-
  • Thank you for your exam or assessment payment

    Thank you for your exam or assessment payment You should receive a receipt by email when your form has been checked.
  • Prof Tom Seeley Spring Convention videos

    Many of you have asked for videos of the lectures you would have seen at the Spring Convention. BBKA is grateful to both the C.B.Dennis Trust and the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers for generous sponsorship of all three recordings below.  These have been provided by Professor Tom Seeley, of Cornell University, who was to have been a speaker at the Convention. We hope you enjoy them!    Lecture 1: Bee Hunting. This presentation will show you a fun way to locate wild colonies of honey bees, using the tools and techniques of a bee hunter. It is a kind of treasure hunt, though these days the treasure is the discovery, not the honey in the bee tree. Sometimes, though, it will lead you to a beekeeper's hive, but that is fun, too! YouTube Video Lecture 2: The Lives of Bees. This presentation will give you an overview of what is known about how honey bee colonies live in the wild, that is, when they are not livin...

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