Latest News

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


  • Practical Assessments
    on 11th December 2019 at 9:37 am

    Junior Certificate Under 18 and want to test your beekeeping knowledge? Then this could be the one for you The Junior certificate consists of 4 elements 10 minutes of oral questions Present your beekeeping diary  Further information click Basic Assessment To take the Basic Assessment you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months The Basic Assessment syllabus can appear daunting at first glance but closer inspection will show that it merely lists the basic things which all beekeepers should know. Basic Assessment syllabus General Husbandry Certificate Have you been beekeeping for 5 years and passed your Basic Assessment? Then this is the next practical step This assessment is designed for beekeepers who prefer the practical approach rather than the written examinations.  On the day, your assessment is conducted by two BBKA Assessors and consists of Inspection of the candidates apiary, equipment and honey ha...

  • Spring Convention 2020
    on 9th December 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB   Lectures, Workshops, Seminars and Trade Show Latest Information is here For a taste of what you missed at the 2019 event Click here to view the 2019 programme You can find out what people liked about the show here: What the beekeepers say - 2019 And details of where they came from etc can be found here: Spring Convention Feedback

  • BeeBase - NBU registration scheme
    on 6th December 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Why join Beebase? BeeBase is full of useful information including: Advice for Beekeepers Apiary Inspections & Training Bee Pests, Diseases & Maps Consumer & Environmental Protection Hive Count Legislation, Imports and Exports Medicines Publications Research and Development Image Gallery Varroa calculator to work out if you need to treat for varroa E-training on Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Viruses Join BeeBase here for free By signing up to BeeBase as a Beekeeper you can then take advantage of the free services the NBU offer.  Their website is packed with useful information, documents and downloads.  If you have any disease concerns you can contact your Regional or Seasonal bee inspector and they can visit your hives. No charge is made for an apiary visit by a fully qualified Bee-inspector. The inspector will check for signs of disease or pests, and will provide you with help and advice on good husbandry, a...

  • ASIAN HORNET  Vespa Velutina nigrithorax CONFERENCE in February - book now
    on 5th December 2019 at 3:06 pm

    ASIAN HORNET  Vespa Velutina nigrithorax CONFERENCE Please note the venue change. We have changed the venue to accommodate the large number of AHAT team members wishing to attend. It'll be at  Myton School, Myton Rd, Warwick CV34 6PJ (This is where the ADM is held) 10am-16.00 on Saturday 8th February 2020 This conference is free and for all Asian Hornet Team Leaders or representatives from Area Associations. Initially there will be an opportunity for two representatives from each Association area but if requested more individuals may be able to attend, it is dependent on the maximum numbers in the hall. Regional Bee Inspectors are also invited. The purpose of the conference is to learn more about Asian Hornets and the current research, examine the experience during 2019 and develop a way forward considering  suggestions from those involved in incidents Nigel Semmence, Sandra Gray (NBI) and Belinda Philipson (Defra Policy) will update the conference on the cu...

National Bee Unit 

  • Seasonal Bee Inspector Vacancy - Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil area
    on 11th December 2019 at 12:00 am

    The National Bee Unit has a vacancy for a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil area. If you are interested in applying for the job, please follow this link. If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Frank Gellatly (Regional Bee Inspector for Wales) - 01267 202 732/07775 119 480 - ---Mae gan Yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol swydd wag ar gyfer Arolygydd Gwenyn Tymhorol (SBI) yn ardalAbertawe, Castell-Nedd Port Talbot, Merthyr Tudful. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn gwneud cais ar gyfer y swydd, dilynwch y ddolen ganlynol.Os bydd gennych unrhyw gwestiynau ynglyn â'r swydd, cysylltwch â Frank Gellatly (Arolygydd Gwenyn Rhanbarthol Cymru) - 01267 202732 / 07775 119480 -

  • RSS Feed - Issue Resolved
    on 4th December 2019 at 12:00 am

    The RSS news feed issue has been resolved - apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

  • 2019 Hive Count
    on 2nd December 2019 at 12:00 am

    Don’t forget we need you to update your colony records on BeeBase by 31st December. You can do this by clicking this link to update your Hive Count: More details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found on the Hive Count page of BeeBase.If you have any further questions, please contact us at

  • Second Asian Hornet nest found and destroyed near Christchuch, Dorset
    on 11th October 2019 at 12:00 am

    A second Asian Hornet nest was destroyed near Christchurch, Dorset on Friday 11th October. It is likely to be a primary nest, related to the nest destroyed the previous week. Genetic analysis will be carried out to investigate relatedness between the nests.We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspect sightings using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’, by filling out an online report form or by emailing