BBKA News

BBKA News

  • FAQ for Spring Convention

    FAQ for during the event - Download   If you have registered and not received a link please check your spam or junk mail. FAQ about registration Once you've registered you'll see this page, to view the live talks click on the Event Timetable. 
  • Recording of Asian hornet conference 2021

    Recording of Asian hornet conference 2021 YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmxGxklkVWo Timings for talks 8:50 Steve Martin Biology of the Asian (yellow legged) hornet 1:24:27 Nigel Semmence 2:06:16 Eric's video during lunch 2:43:56 Dr Sandra Rojas-Nossa The Atlantic Positive project and some of the research and experience from Galicia 3:43:26 Dr Peter Kennedy Current & ongoing University of Exeter Asian Hornet research 4:42:57 Dr Eric Darrouzet Research on Asian Hornets in Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte (IRBI) France 5:38:10 Questions
  • In Memoriam

    The National Bee Centre was opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh on 5th July 2000 The then President of the BBKA, Michael Badger, and members of Her Majesty's Government were present when the Duke unveiled a commemorative plaque.  He had earlier met representatives of beekeeping associations outside the new headquarters.  -ends- 
  • Defra Survey about training for beekeepers and bee farmers

    Friday 9 April  Defra and the Welsh Government are asking beekeepers and bee farmers to do a survey about training that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry.  How can training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers be improved? Have your say by taking a survey.   Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.    A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and...
  • Starvation & Foulbrood Warning

    Friday 9 April  The BBKA is issuing a warning to beekeepers to check their bees for starvation and European Foulbrood during this cold snap.  Emergency feeding may be needed. It would be advisable to check the food levels by opening the hive and making a very quick observation of their store levels. It is also important to check that hives have small entrances as Foulbrood is about in some areas and small colonies or those suffering disease may not be able to defend themselves from infected intruders if they have a large opening to defend.  Strong colonies may try to rob weaker ones and thus contract the infections. It is probably not possible to inspect the colonies as it is still too cold, but the best defence is to ensure they all have food. You can make a careful inspection of their brood to check for infections when it is warm enough.  Key points to remember are: • The colony may still have stores available which are at the other end of the brood ch...
  • BBKA Spring Convention 2021

    This year the BBKA Spring Convention will be a virtual event starting Thurs 15 April at 19.30 running through to Sun 18 April. It costs just £10 for access to the whole event including more than 20 lectures, presentations and live Q&As as well as some more social sessions.  There is free-to-view content including a virtual trade show – the Market Place - where viewers can access information and offers from more than 40 specialist beekeeping equipment and clothing suppliers and other traders as well as not-for-profit organisations. In addition to the science and practical beekeeping sessions during the day there are some more light-hearted events in the evenings to enjoy including Locked Down with Bill Turnbull, input from our Patron Jimmy Doherty and a Bees-A-Buzzing quiz session.  Registration is just £10 - Click here to register Click here to download the full programme Complimentary registration for BBKA Junior and School members is available....
  • Speakers at BBKA 2021 Spring Convention

    This year the BBKA Spring Convention will be a virtual event starting Thurs 15 April at 19.30 running through to Sun 18 April. It costs just £10 for access to the whole event including more than 20 lectures, presentations and live Q&As as well as some more social sessions.  Register now for Spring Convention 2021 Donate to support BBKA Research 1 Keynote Address: Tipping Points and Perceptions – Dr David Aston  Thursday, 15 April 19.35 - 20.30 Sponsor C.B.Dennis Trust  It is an understatement to say that humankind faces many challenges many of which are of its own creation. Honey bees and humans have had a long relationship and species of the genus Apis, and many other bee species have contributed greatly to human civilisation around the world. The British Isles are no exception to this. Our reliance on pollinators and the particular contribution made by the honey bees should be front and centre in our society’s planning for the future. Thi...
  • BBKA Spring Convention 2021 Programme

    BBKA Spring Convention 2021 Programme Download here Donate to support BBKA Research
  • Petition to stop importing honeybees

    The problem is that at least one beekeeping business has said that they want to import bees to the UK through Northern Ireland. The bees they are sourcing come from southern Italy where a serious invasive species and parasite of bees, the Small Hive Beetle is established. The inspections on bees are extremely limited and we are fearful that a small, clubbed antenna, beetle will be able to evade their scrutiny and be imported to the mainland.  Please Sign the parliamentary petition to stop this!  CLICK HERE Please Sign the parliamentary petition to stop this!  CLICK HERE >>>https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/577603 And please support the work we do -ends- 
  • Importing Bees "against best practice for our environment"

    24 March 2021 Beekeeping Associations,  from all around the UK,  are in agreement that the importation of bees from overseas is totally against best practices for the protection of our environment. The problem is that at least one beekeeping business has said that they want to import bees to the UK through Northern Ireland. The bees they are sourcing come from southern Italy where a serious invasive species and parasite of bees, the Small Hive Beetle is established. The inspections on bees are extremely limited and we are fearful that a small, clubbed antenna, beetle will be able to evade their scrutiny and be imported to the mainland.  We have started a parliamentary petition and we are asking you all to please sign it:   Petition: Stop the importation of honey bees into GB from the EU via Northern Ireland   Photo: Crown Copyright  In 2015, the Annual Delegates Meeting of the British Beekeepers Association,  which represents more than 25...

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