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


BBKA has completed the set-up phase of the online Learning Platform. Now, every BBKA Member can access study units by using their membership number as a login and creating an account at:


  • Asian Hornet Costume
    on 24th May 2024 at 9:05 am

    The BBKA have commissioned an Asian Hornet costume with the aim to create attention at shows and other events to help raise awareness about Asian Hornets.   Suitable for a man/woman of average height and build who should wear their own black t-shirt and leggings underneath. The costume shows the distinguishing features but is not necessarily anatomically correct, eg. if the orange band was only put on the back it would not get noticed! The costume will be available for Associations to borrow subject to specific terms and conditions.  If you would like to borrow the costume please send a completed booking form to:   Terms and Conditions Booking Form Interested in making your own Asian Hornet costume? Tracy Frankpitt has made an Asian Hornet costume and has kindly shared the instructions for making the head.     Instructions

  • Corporate Donors
    on 24th May 2024 at 8:14 am

    Supporting The British Beekeepers' Association has many benefits attached and in many cases can fulfil business CSR obligations. Some of the benefits include free advertising in our BBKA News publication which reaches up to 30,000 individual members each month, 'taster days' for staff and also expert knowledge in the importance of bees. Contact us to hear about how we can work together. BBKA would like to extend a huge thank you to our current sponsors: 2BScientific 2BScientific Limited is a Life Science Reagents distributor providing a novel, high-quality and personal approach to the supply of research reagents. They provide novel solutions relevant to today’s researchers and they contribute £1 for every order helping us to fund research into essential studies to help understand and reverse the bees decline. Long may this wonderful support continue! For more information please visit: Hatch Mansfield Hatch Mansfield are UK ...

  • Find a local Swarm Collector
    on 23rd May 2024 at 7:30 am

    Enter your postcode below and then click on the red markers which appear nearest the 'bee' for details of your local swarm collector. If you can't find a swarm collector local to you on this map please get in touch with your local beekeeping association. Please note that swarm collectors from south of the Thames cannot assist with swarms across the water in Essex. Our volunteer beekeepers can only assist in cases of swarms of honey bees. Before using the map please ensure you have enabled essential cookies otherwise it will not work correctly. For Scotland please see Scottish Beekeepers Association To support the work of the BBKA please DONATE HERE

  • Asian Hornet Sightings and Incursion Map
    on 22nd May 2024 at 12:35 pm

    It is crucial that any possible sightings are reported so experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian Hornets. The best way is to use the 'Asian Hornet Watch' app to record and report any sightings. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. Photos and videos can also be sent by email to: This incursion map will update with any further sightings of Asian Hornets and includes sightings in the UK since 2016 If you click on the  logo on the map then you can select each year as required. This allows you to view just the current year or to also have previous years sighting's of Asian hornets showing. 2024 Sightings: Please use this link for up to date information about confirmed sightings. 2023 Sightings:                             In 2023 there were 72 Asian hornet nests found in 56 locations.  A rolling update...

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