Latest News

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


  • Bee produce (yes honey bees make all sorts of wonderful things as well as honey)
    on 21st January 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Beeswax  Made from the honeycomb of the honeybee, beeswax is the purest and most natural of all waxes. For each pound of beeswax provided by a honey bee, the bee visits over 30 million flowers. To produce one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about eight to ten pounds of honey. They secrete the beeswax from the underside of their abdomens, and then use the wax to construct a honeycomb. The youngest bees cluster in large numbers to raise their body temperature. Wax-producing glands under their abdomens slowly secrete slivers of wax about the size of a pinhead. Other worker bees harvest these wax scales and take them to the part of the hive requiring the new wax. Bees use about 6 lb of honey to produce 1 lb of wax. Bee bread 'Edible grade' pollen or 'bee bread' is a mixture of plant pollen and honey, which bees mould into granules and store in their honeycombs. Plant pollen can make you sneeze and have a runny nose and eyes if you are allergic to it, but people eat bee... […]

  • BBKA Membership new (British)
    on 21st January 2019 at 3:37 pm


  • Wax Chandlers’ prize for the best overall results for the BBKA examinations
    on 21st January 2019 at 9:34 am

    Rhona Toft, winner of the Wax Chandlers’ prize for the best overall results for the BBKA examinations. The prize is being awarded by the Master of the Worshipful Company of the Wax Chandlers.  Photo courtesy of Michael Badger MBE, Past President […]

  • BBKA Membership renewal (British)
    on 19th January 2019 at 10:59 am


National Bee Unit 

  • Password requests and email response issues
    on 22nd January 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Please note: We are currently experiencing issues with our password requests and email responses we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. […]

  • Starvation Alert
    on 29th November 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Beekeepers should continue to monitor their colonies throughout the winter as temperatures in some regions of the UK have been unusually high for the winter months, allowing honey bee flight and forage of pollen. In some cases, small patches of brood are still being reared and the demand on the colony's food resources ongoing. Where temperatures do not allow for a sugar syrup feed, fondant icing can be placed directly on the top bars of the colony, above the cluster and fed as required.For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: […]

  • Importing Animals and Animal Products If There’s No Brexit Deal
    on 28th November 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Defra have published guidance on importing animals, which includes bees, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The information can be viewed by clicking on the following link: honey bee information will be provided on BeeBase as soon as it is available. […]

  • Northern Regional Bee Inspector Vacancy
    on 6th November 2018 at 1:33 pm

    A Regional Bee Inspector Vacancy is now live on the Civil Service Jobs website. The area we are recruiting in is:Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Wirral and Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland (Northern Region) - Please contact the National Bee Inspector Julian Parker if you have any questions about the post. His contact details are as follows:Email: 07775 119469 […]