Latest News

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


  • Written exams
    on 10th August 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Module exams are usually held on the third Saturday in March and the second Saturday in November. Upcoming dates are: 12th November 2022 Module Exams - A chance to test your knowledge on all aspects of apiculture. The Modules are written examinations with each paper taking 100 mins (1h 40mins). You can take up to 2 modules in each session. There are seven modules to be studied.  Example answer sheets for some of the Modules are available to guide candidates on the level of detail required in the examination. FAQ for Module Exams in 2021  Example Answer sheet (Module 1)     Example Answer sheet (Module 2)   Example Answer sheet  (Module 3) Online module demos Have a go at the online modules and gain familiarity with the software. Module 1 Module 2

  • Module Exams Online Information & FAQs
    on 10th August 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Module Examinations Online BBKA Examinations Board Module examinations 12th November 2022 The next module examination date is 12th November 2022, applications must be submitted online before 29th September 2022. When completing the application form, you will need to select your preference for online or in person at a local venue. Both formats of the exam the same exam and will be run at the same time. How to get an application form Contact your local association Education Secretary and they will email you a unique link to the online application form, the link can only be used once so please make sure you have all the information ready before starting the application. During the application process you will be asked to pay the examination fees via credit or debit card. Is the Online examination any different from the written paper? The online examination follows the exact layout and questions of the written paper, however there are nuances to navigating through the...

  • About the exam board
    on 10th August 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Introduction to the Examinations Board The BBKA Examinations System provides a range of practical assessments and written examinations to members culminating in the Master Beekeeping Certificate.  The Examinations Board operates independently of the Executive Committee and maintains the quality and standards of the examination system.   There are 9 elected members of the Board with voting rights These are expected to have attained the Master Beekeeper Certificate of the BBKA Examination System There are also 4 officers on the Board, the Examinations Board Secretary, the Moderator and two assistant moderators without voting rights. Each Area Association has a local Examinations Secretary who co-ordinates exam entries and organises the Basic Assessments and the venue and invigilator for the module examinations. The Examination Board meets formally four times each year.  The Board considers issues of budget, examination and assessment management, syllabus revisions ...

  • Beekeeping Legislation
    on 10th August 2022 at 10:33 am

    BeeBase page: Bees and the Law  2019 Brexit - the 'No Deal' Plan 2015 Honey Regulations  There are laws regarding the composition and labelling of honey for sale. If you are selling your honey you need to familiarise yourself with the following: Honey Regulations and the Honey Directive Food Labelling Regulations Food and Environmental Protection Legislation Food Safety Legislation Veterinary Medicines Legislation A guide to honey labelling requirements for producers Food Standards: Labelling & Composition - Honey 1980 The Bees Act  2006 Bee Diseases and Pests (England) Control Order  2010 Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order  These Orders empower the Agriculture Departments of Great Britain to take measures to control American Foul Brood (AFB) and European Foul Brood (EFB), both of which are serious bacterial infections of brood and measures against the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida), and Tropilaela...

National Bee Unit 

  • Interception of Honey Bee Queens at Dover
    on 8th August 2022 at 12:00 am

    The NBU were called to a consignment of queen bees that were being imported through Dover Port without the Health Certificate. This led to action being taken resulting in the Queen bees being humanely destroyed.Information on how to legally import honey bee Queens can be found on the imports/ export page at

  • Email Issue - FIXED
    on 19th July 2022 at 12:00 am

    We are currently experiencing some issues with outbound emails from Bee Base. The issue is being investigated.However, please note that you may not receive the following emails: Password reset requests Username reminder requests Welcome emails for new users 3km disease notifications Thank you for your patience.Update: All emails have now been sent out, and normal service resumed. 

  • A confirmed finding of a single Asian hornet in Felixstowe, Suffolk
    on 29th April 2022 at 12:00 am

    The National Bee Unit is carrying out enhanced monitoring and awareness raising together with local beekeepers after a single insect, confirmed to be Vespa velutina was killed at a sentinel apiary, reported by a beekeeper.Laboratory analysis has shown that the Asian hornet was a female but as it was dried out and damaged it couldn’t be ascertained if it was a queen or worker. Additionally it is highly likely to be from the European population rather than a new introduction from Asia and is highly unlikely to be the offspring of either of last year’s nests in the UK.Further information regarding the yellow legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560We continue to ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase (guidance here) and report suspect sightings here.

  • Registration Page - Error - FIXED
    on 24th March 2022 at 12:00 am

    We are currently experiencing an error with our registration page which is preventing beekeepers from registering.  We are working hard to find a fix and will update this News items as soon as a fix is found. To register, please come back in a few days or give the NBU a call on 0300 3030094 and we can process your registartion for you. UPDATE: This has now been fixed.