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Please find below, the latest news from the BBKA and National Bee Unit


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  • Beekeeping Courses & Events
    on 23rd February 2024 at 8:45 am

    West Sussex Beekeepers Annual Convention Saturday 24th February 2024, 9.30am – 4.30pm Lodge Hill, Pulborough All details, topics, speaker profiles and booking form for the West Sussex Beekeepers Annual Convention 2024 are available on the WSBKA website: We have a renowned group of speakers and an impressive mix of lectures and seminars with something for everyone.  We really hope you will come.  The main speakers are Margaret Murdin, Professor Lars Chittka and Lynne Ingram.  Main lectures: •           Margaret Murdin – The Queen •           Professor Lars Chittka – The Mind of the Bee •           Lynne Ingram – Know your Enemy Apart from the three main lectures, you can choose to attend two out of the six seminars and in between times it is a g...

  • BBKA Head Office Team
    on 21st February 2024 at 10:19 am

      The following members of staff are based at the Stoneleigh Office.     Leigh Sidaway General Manager also General Secretary     Erica Challis Deputy Manager Website & Fundraising Administrator   Diane Beck Management Accountant Michelle Walsh Finance Administrator & Membership Secretary Laura Sullivan Accounts Assistant and Purchase Ledger Clerk       Press enquiries and comments 024 7669 6679  

  • Asian Hornet Events
    on 20th February 2024 at 4:20 pm

    Asian Hornet Conference:  Saturday 17th February 2024 This year’s online conference provided updates from the NBU, Kent and Jersey together with further information as to how beekeepers fit into the fight against the Asian Hornet. Nigel Semmence: 'An Update from the NBU' Martin Smith; eR2 Project Manager: ‘Communication is the key’ Kirsteen Thorne;  BBKA Outreach Officer Alastair Christie:  'An update on Jersey and what BBKA could learn from the Jersey Experience'  Jackie Aucott: An update from Kent Watch the recording here: YouTube Video Asian Hornet – Special Briefing for Beekeepers – update for 2024 by Andrew Durham This briefing covered: The situation as at the end of 2023 The effect on beekeeping The prospect for 2024 and beyond A report on the first year in operation of the new French National Plan for fighting the hornet Watch the recording here: YouTube Video h...

  • Gilbert White’s House
    on 20th February 2024 at 12:25 pm

    June 2023 Gilbert White’s House and Gardens has just become the first institutional member of the British Beekeepers' Association for 80 years.  Rev. Gilbert White lived in the Hampshire village of Selborne from 1720 to 1793. Also a keen gardener, he began to study nature by close observation – a process he called ‘watching narrowly’ – and wrote about what he discovered to his friends Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington.  The letters were published as ‘The Natural History of Selborne’, in 1789.  Since then, the book has never been out of print and is reputedly the fourth most-published book in English.  By watching narrowly, White understood food chains, bird migration and the interconnectedness of things, which we now call ecology. Oak tree planted c1730 by a young Gilbert White His house and gardens opened as a museum in 1956 when money to buy the property was provided by Robert Washington Oates, the nephew of Captain...

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