BBKA News

BBKA News

  • Honeybee Swarms

    A honeybee colony swarming is a natural process. It's the colony reproducing by the old queen leaving with some of the bees. They leave their hive and find somewhere to hang in a cluster until the scout bees decide on their new home. If you think you've got a swarm please use our Swarm Collector map to find a local beekeeper to come and remove the honeybees. The photos below have been shared by our members to show you some of the beautiful examples of swarms that you might see. Sometimes the swarm really stands out!  And sometimes not!  This swarm (photos by Joe Smith from Darlington) was almost hidden Swarms have less to land on in towns! This is not a normal bin collection! Here's a swarm on a bin being collected!  Sometimes they land on a wall Or a gate post Or on a bridge Sometimes they're huge! This photo from a member of NSBKA was he biggest swarm (and the easiest to collect) that the experienced beekeeper called o...
  • Questions for beekeepers

    Questions for beekeepers This page will have new questions added regularly. The questions are for beekeepers and will help provide feedback on topics and issues for those involved in beekeeping. Bookmark the page and return every month!  May 2020 - Wax moth question - Useful links  NBU Wax moth page which includes links to  Further information about the biology and identification features of all stages of wax moth can be found on the COLOSS website. Wax moth leaflet- Pdf. http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=207
  • Be a kindness at always

    purpose is to raise money for a cause, charity or non-profit organization.... Events are used to increase visibility and support for an organization as well as raising funds.
  • Swarm removal

    There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one european honey bee (Apis mellifera).  Please see below to identify what type of bee you have and who to approach for help and information.  Our members are volunteers who can only help with honey bees.  If you feel you need to have the bees destroyed please contact a local pest controller.  Bees are endangered but they are not protected. Our beekeepers are only able to help in cases of SWARMS OF HONEY BEES. See our page of photos of honeybee swarms To support the work of the BBKA please DONATE STEP 1: Identifying honey bees If the insects are not honey bees, this part of the website shows you how to recognise other insects  and  gives some advice on what to do. Bumblebees Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the...
  • Help our bees by Carol Lane

    I am a BBKA member who specialises in urban beekeeping and work to raise awareness of the importance of bees to our ecosystem and to help create more bee friendly areas.
  • Honey Recipes

    If you've got some honey at home, why not try a recipe with honey in. Share your photos of your honey cooking with us on social media!  Pineapple and honey upside-down-cake An easy and tasty way of making the most of a large tin of pineapple found at the back of a cupboard, some imperfect honey and only 4oz of precious SR flour!  Makes 8. Two didn’t survive for photography! Ingredients: 6-8 rings of pineapple 3-8 glacé cherries (whole or halved) 6-8 dessert spoons of liquid honey 6-8 small round flan / yorkshire pudding tins, or a single swiss roll tin. A cake mix Put a dessert spoonful of honey in each tin, then a ring of pineapple and a cherry or half cherry in the centre.  If using a large baking tray, space out pineapple rings appropriately.  Top with preferred cake mix.  This was a Victoria sandwich mix (4 oz margarine, creamed with 4 oz sugar, two beaten eggs whisked in gradually and 4 oz SR flour folded in) but fatless swiss roll...
  • Bradley’s bees

  • Honey for Hospitals!

    Friday 17 April 2020 Dr Alasdair Bruce is acting Chair of East Devon Beekeepers Association ( EDBKA ). He says just before the lockdown for corona virus he needed hospital treatment. "Just before the world entered into global disarray, I had to undergo some minor treatment at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, where I received the most amazingly excellent care. So, it occurred to me that with the added pressures and stress the staff there are now under, a small gesture from a grateful member of the beekeeping world may be of use." This then blossomed into a bigger idea of the branch to offer a larger amount of honey for the staff to enjoy. "So, with the backing of the EDBKA committee to raid the apiary supplies, I asked the hospital if a donation of honey for the staff would be useful.....back came a resounding YES!"  Dr Bruce and his wife ordered special labels and spent Easter Monday morning jarring up and labelling over 130 jars of honey for the staff.  ...
  • Asian hornet team

    The Role of BBKA Associations and Beekeepers concerning Asian Hornets The BBKA are asking every Association to select teams of 15 members to work with a co-ordinator to help identify the hornets. This team will assist with local requests for help in identifying Asian Hornets. It is vital that all Beekeepers can identify Asian Hornets. Each branch or group can establish their own team so that individuals will not be asked to travel vast distances. They should establish a good communication network between each other, so that the nearest team member can answer a call about a potential siting and call for back up if necessary. To qualify for insurance you must undertake this exercise  Asian Hornet Team Exercise What Does the Team do? Form a communication network of people confident in identifying what could be an Asian Hornet. Know how to report a suspected hornet Distribute identifying literature  and inform individuals, businesses, markets gardeners etc in...
  • Remembering

    "The telling of the bees is a traditional European custom in which bees would be told of important events in their keeper's lives, such as births, marriages, or departures and returns in the household." Here we remember our fellow Beekeepers. Bill & Mary Dartnall, Southampton & District Beekeepers Association  Sadly Mary and Bill Dartnall passed away, beside each other, on Easter Sunday, 12th April, 2020 in Southampton General Hospital. They had both tested positive coronavirus.  Mary was a Past President of BBKA from 1996 – 97 and an Honorary Member of the BBKA. During her presidency she campaigned for farmers to limit spraying of chemicals to protect bees. Both Mary and Bill were Joint Presidents of Southampton & District Beekeeping Association, a role they thoroughly enjoyed. They had been married for 63 years and their daughter, Rosemary, said "They came as a pair - they were a team. Life wasn't always a...

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