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Plain Speaking about the Asian Hornet

In the April 2023 BBKA News Andrew Durham from Cambridgeshire BKA reviews the current situation regarding Asian hornets in France and concludes that…

“When and wherever the Asian hornet gets a foothold over here, it will happen quicker than you think, and it is going to be worse than you think. That much is already clear from what has happened across the Channel over the last eighteen years”

He has prepared some briefing notes, which include information about methods for reducing the impact of the hornets on bee colonies, you can access these by using the links below.

Asian Hornet The Beekeepers’ Guide – Integrated Control in the Apiary  

Asian Hornet Beekeepers Guide – The Hornet & The Honey Bee

Asian Hornet Beekeepers Guide – Integrated Control in the Area Around the Apiary

New Beginners Training Course Now Booking

For 2023 we have restructured our beginners’ training. The course is in three parts:

Early summer: Taster session at an association apiary

Throughout the summer: Apiary visits with an experienced beekeeper

Autumn/Winter: Theory Course

We are now booking places for the Taster session, for more information and sign-up form, see our Learn About Beekeeping page.

Get your BBKA Membership Number

A message from Linda Schofield at BBKA:

Officers are often asked to supply members with their membership numbers, for a variety of reasons, including for example access to the BBKA News Archive. We have now set up a simple link to enable members to be informed by email of their membership number Retrieve Member Number. This link will send an email to the member if they are an active (or awaiting renewal) member on eR2.

BBKA Honey Petition

The BBKA is asking Associations and their members (and members of the public) to support their new honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK.

You can sign the petition here:

Here is some background information from BBKA explaining why this is important:

Following our members’ propositions and direction at the 2021 ADM, this is the second honey petition in our efforts to maintain pressure on the government to address this important issue. If you signed the first petition, please be sure to sign this one too.

The important underlying issue here is ‘Funny’ Honey – i.e  honey that has not necessarily involved a honeybee collecting nectar, processing and storing in the hive.   Supermarket own-label honey can be bought for as little as 69p a jar. Although supermarkets say every jar of honey is “100% pure” and can be traced back to the beekeeper, there is no requirement to identify the countries of origin of honey blended from more than one country.  We want consumers to start looking at the labels when buying honey – does it clearly state the country of origin? If it seems cheap compared to the other honeys on the shelf, ask themselves why?

We kindly ask all members to share the petition link with family and friends and on social media to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures which means the Government must consider the issue for debate in Parliament.   The support of the general public and not just the beekeeping community is essential to achieve this result so please share as widely as possible.   Associations and individuals that use Social media can also ‘share’ the BBKA social media pages below to create awareness and to share the link.

Combings December 2021

The December issue of Combings has been sent out by email to all members. Below are some links to recent bee-related articles in the news which are mentioned in this edition.

Honeybees use social distancing when mites threaten hives – study

Bee population steady in Dutch cities thanks to pollinator strategy

David Heaf: Beekeeping Uses of Chemicals and why we should stop using them

Efficacy of propolis as an adjunct treatment for hospitalized COVID-19

Beekeeping: Uses of chemicals and why we should stop using them

This short article, by David Heaf was published in July this year.

Beekeeping: Uses of chemicals and why we should stop using them

It uses language which may be unfamiliar to some readers, for example…

Microbiome: this is the community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment. So the bees’ microbiome is within the hive and their gut microbiome is within their gut.

Pyrethroids: insecticides are a chemical class of active ingredients found in many of the modern insecticides