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


  • Training
    on 3rd July 2020 at 4:09 pm


  • BBKA Resources
    on 3rd July 2020 at 12:33 pm

    BBKA Resources

  • Save the Bees
    on 2nd July 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Help British Beekeepers Association raise funds for research into the threats honeybees face  Every year the British Beekeepers Association selects scientific projects from a wide range of subjects that benefit bees and beekeeping.  These might include bee behaviour, bee husbandry, pollination, forage or the environment.  Grants are given to researchers on a rolling basis throughout the year - that way if someone has a particularly brilliant idea they do not have to wait until they can apply they can do it straight away. Current research We are currently supporting the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology who have started analysing honey samples to monitor how the pollen content of honey varies  & which plants & trees honeybees favour.  We have given funds to Sussex University to create a national database of plant/pollinator interactions which will record which plants support all pollinators including honeybees.  ...

  • What bee is this?
    on 2nd July 2020 at 11:14 am

    What bee is this? In summer we get many calls and questions from people with bees in their buildings, outbuildings and bird boxes. Often these turn out to be bumblebees. Step 1 - Identification As well as honeybees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK. To find out what type of bees you have please see the pictures below. Honeybees There can be variation in the colour of the main body or abdomen of honeybees, from honey coloured Italian bees to very dark native Black honeybees but all will form a distinctive cluster when they have settled as a swarm. Honeybees have large hairy eyes, a furry chest or thorax and distinctive bent antennae.  d  This is a swarm of honeybees gathered on a wall. There are more pictures of swarms here honeybee swarms If you are sure they are honeybees then again follow the link at the bottom of the the BBKA website swarm page  This allows you t...

National Bee Unit 

  • New Presentations Online
    on 11th June 2020 at 12:00 am

    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;Asian Hornet BiologyAsian Hornet GeneticsEuropean foulbroodThe presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.Please do contact us with your feedback.

    on 9th April 2020 at 12:00 am

    Scottish beekeepers; please read the attached information note from Scottish Government.DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES PROVIDED BY SASA DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

  • COVID-19 and Beekeeping update
    on 3rd April 2020 at 12:00 am

    Please find updated Covid-19 beekeeping guidance with official logos for England, Wales and Scotland.  The updated guidance has an amended paragraph which reads:There are currently no restrictions on movements of bee colonies that you are managing, such as moving bees to fulfil pollination contracts. However, you should observe the public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when carrying out these activities, including the guidance on social distancing and essential travel.Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v2COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v2

  • COVID-19 and Beekeeping
    on 25th March 2020 at 12:00 am

    Please see the below guidance from the bee health policy teams in England, Wales and Scotland regarding beekeeping during the COVID-19 pandemic.Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v2COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v2If you have any queries please contact:For England:  For Wales: / For Scotland: