BBKA News

BBKA News

  • Temporary Office Closure March 2020

    Office Temporary Closure  The BBKA is closing the office for 3 weeks due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. During this time no orders from the shop will be processed.  The phone lines will still be answered but please bear with the staff during this time as there may be delays. The phone lines are being redirected but only one call can be taken at a time. It will be easier for staff if you send an email to bbka@bbka.org.uk or direct to the team member if you know their email address. Advice for beekeepers tending hives during Covid-19 Pandemic  Swarm Collection curing Covid-19 Pandemic  If you are enquiring about Swarms please see our swarm page If you have a beekeeping question please join the BBKA Forum If you have made an order from the shop after 24/3/2020 it will not be processed until staff return to the office. If you have a question about Asian hornets please see our AHAT map page If your question relates to be added as an AH...
  • Tending Hives during Covid-19

    Beebase have sent out an email linking to their document about COVID-19 and Beekeeping It is suggested you print out and carry a copy when going to tend your bees  Download it here If you are not registered with Beebase then please sign up now http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/ 24 March 2020 BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says: "Bees are livestock and should be tended. "You may visit your bees for welfare purposes such as for checking feed or queen cell preparation.  "You must take into account social distancing and safe access. Also swarming, please do do not going into houses, roofs etc, or go through houses to reach swarms. "We are working with DEFRA. NBU inspectors will still inspect if you have disease concerns." -ends-
  • Swarm Collection during Covid-19

    24 March 2020 BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry says: "The swarm collection service will still be in operation during the pandemic. Swarm collection can go ahead but you must take into account social distancing.  Risk assess the situation and do not take unnecessary risks as health services  will be under pressure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. As always, only collect when it is safe to do so.  We are working with DEFRA." You can find info on swarms and our map of collectors here: www.bbka.org.uk/swarm -ends- 
  • 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcA3kKY5pK8 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...
  • BBKA information on social distancing guidelines

    Social distancing guidelines  and information for Area Associations Govt advice Social Distancing Advice  Additional Advice 20 March 2020 - Further measures for Social Distancing Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector - includes advice on postponing AGM or use of teleconferencing. Main Coronavirus advice page Please check regularly as this advice may change. Please read BBKA Chair Anne Rowberry's statement on Training Courses and Tending Bees in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Associations and branches can risk assess their training and courses with the following in mind. Categories of people – consider who provides the training, and who receives the training Over 70 - isolate under 70 with certain conditions All - Generally avoid unnecessary contact  Specific location advice – consider where you meet for training and apiary Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller publi...

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.

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