BBKA News

BBKA News

  • Coronavirus Update October 2020

    Please be aware of the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.  The updated information now include separate links to the Public Health Guidance. Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v3 COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v3   If you have any queries please contact: For England: BeeHealth.Info@defra.gov.uk  For Wales: HoneyBeeHealth@gov.wales / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymru For Scotland: Bees_Mailbox@gov.scot From the advice If you are self-isolating... If you are responsible for looking after bees, you should make alternative arrangements for their essential care if you, your family or your staff become ill or are unable to look after their welfare. If this is not possible, we would advise that you only attend to the basic needs and welfare of your bees where you can ensure you do not have contact with other people and you are able to follow all government advice on actions to minimise the risk of sp...
  • Information about protecting hives from Asian hornets

    John Woods wrote to the BBKA to share some information about entrance 'muzzles' that he uses to help the bees against Asian hornets. He has collated information about 'muzzles' to help protect bees from Asian hornets. He suggests not using a small mesh, but the 'lyre' type he's created seem to work best. He has collated this information with help from other local beekeepers I live in central France and had bees occupy an old bird winter roosting box on the end of the garage, they were there for seven years minding their own business. One year Asian Hornets arrived and I didn't notice as they were a 'wild' hive so I left them alone.  By the time I noticed three hornets were regularly there, they pinned the bees down and being a small colony (35L box, what were they thinking ?) they couldn't stand the pressure and died out.  Larger colonies can take more punishment but with all their other problems this is one they can do without.  I spent a year without bees and now hav...
  • BBKA Talks - Pam Hunter - Evolution of plants and insects

    BBKA Talks:  Pam Hunter  Evolution of Plants and Insects Discusses how flowering plants and insects evolved together and the modifications they have made; the plants to ensure cross pollination and attract insects; the insects to collect pollen.  Includes a variety of interesting relationships between different insects and plants – figs and wasps, moths and yuccas, moths and orchids, figs and hellebores, even midges and their effect on chocolate, the Brazil nut, the Euglossa bee and the Agouti!.  Structure of bees and the pollen collecting apparatus.  Shows pollination.  Discusses why are bees such good pollinators. {Please note in order to attend you will need to register via the Zoom registration link you will receive in your email once you have 'checked out' at the shop} These talks are free but we would welcome a donation to on...
  • 2020 BBKA Honey Survey is LIVE!

    Friday 25 Sept 2020  The 2020 BBKA Honey Survey is ready for your answers. Just click the link: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160092551774 It's a quick survey to do that gives us an idea of the areas that favoured our honeybees in the past season. You can give your answer for the quantity of honey you have harvested in lbs or kgs.  We also get an idea of how many of you are expanding your apiaries and trying to take small colonies through the winter.  -ends- 
  • BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says Thanks for Successful Asian Hornet Week

    Monday 24 Sept 2020 BBKA Chair, Anne Rowberry, says thanks for a successful Asian Hornet Week in which we have seen the first Asian Hornet nest of 2020 located and destroyed:  "As we come to the end of a very successful BBKA Asian Hornet Week I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing all the resources that have been available on the BBKA website and our social media channels.  "I would like to thank our Patron, Jimmy Docherty, for supporting us and the NBU for sharing the launch of their new video and Rebecca Clarkson for liaising, sharing links with the NBU and helping to compile the programme.  "We are also grateful to the researchers who contributed their photos, videos and experience. Peter Kennedy for the information about his recent research trip to Jersey to test the small, new radio tags and Prof Xesus Feas for sharing his work from Spain. Xesus started out week with an excellent video and continued to share short clips and photos. Thank you to Katy and...
  • Honey research after the Notre Dame cathedral fire

    Lead rain after the Notre Dame cathedral fire, and how honey bee colonies map this contamination By J. van der Steen PhD - AlveusAB Consultancy, The Netherlands - The international INSIGNIA group Honey bee colonies are well equipped as bio samplers of contaminants in the environment, and how beekeepers can cooperate optimally with scientists to map this contamination is currently being studied at the European Union level in the Insignia citizen science project. Regularly, new studies are published about how honey bees and hive products can be applied to detect environmental contaminants. This is a very promising development. Apiculture is a world-wide activity and with adequate tools and the help of apiculturist citizen science, a world-wide network can be built to search for contaminants. An interesting study was published recently in July 2020. Kate Smith and co-workers published the article Honey maps the Pb fallout from the 2019 fire at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris: a geochemic...
  • Lead rain after the Notre Dame cathedral fire

    Lead rain after the Notre Dame cathedral fire, and how honey bee colonies map this contamination By J. van der Steen PhD - AlveusAB Consultancy, The Netherlands - The international INSIGNIA group Honey bee colonies are well equipped as bio samplers of contaminants in the environment, and how beekeepers can cooperate optimally with scientists to map this contamination is currently being studied at the European Union level in the Insignia citizen science project. Regularly, new studies are published about how honey bees and hive products can be applied to detect environmental contaminants. This is a very promising development. Apiculture is a world-wide activity and with adequate tools and the help of apiculturist citizen science, a world-wide network can be built to search for contaminants. An interesting study was published recently in July 2020. Kate Smith and co-workers published the article Honey maps the Pb fallout from the 2019 fire at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris: a geochemic...
  • BBKA YouTube Practical beekeeping Videos

    BBKA's YouTube Channel is available here  There are videos about Asian hornets, a message from patron Jimmy Doherty, and a collection of other videos. There are a few short videos of practical beekeeping help listed below. This video set will be added to, so please subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Practical Beekeeping - How & why to move frames in a Super Practical Beekeeping - How to judge if uncapped honey is ready for extraction Practical Beekeeping - Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus
  • Gosport Asian Hornet Nest Located & Destroyed

    Monday 14 September 2020  The Gosport Asian Hornets were the first confirmed in 2020 and their nest has been located and destroyed. The hornets were first reported flying around a bunch of grapes in an area north of Gosport in Hampshire. Bee inspectors set up monitoring traps and tracked the hornets to an apple tree.  The nest has now been dealt with by the Animal and Plant Health Agency ( APHA) National Wildlife Management Centre.  Inspectors are monitoring for any other Asian Hornets.  -ends- 
  • BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says Thanks for Successful Asian Hornet Week

    Monday 24 Sept 2020 BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says thanks for a successful Asian Hornet Week in which we have seen the first Asian Hornet nest of 2020 located and destroyed:  "As we come to the end of a very successful BBKA Asian Hornet Week I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing all the resources that have been made available on the BBKA website.  "I would like to thank our Patron, Jimmy Docherty, for supporting us and the NBU for sharing the launch of their new video and Rebecca Clarkson for liaising, sharing links with the NBU and helping to compile the programme. "We are also grateful to the researchers who contributed their photos, videos and experience. Peter Kennedy for the information about his recent research trip to Jersey to test the small new radio tags and Xesus Feas for sharing his work from Spain. Xesus started our week with an excellent video and continued to share short clips and photos. Thank you to Katy and Epping Forest for linking the BBKA site...

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