Latest News

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


  • Our Patron
    on 18th July 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Introducing BBKA Patron – Jimmy Doherty   Jimmy Doherty is a natural choice to be the first ever Patron of the BBKA. Jimmy has had a keen interest in insects since he was a young boy. With stints working at a wildlife park in his teens and later working as an Entomologist in his Twenties at London’s Natural History Museum, to read for his PhD in Entomology and starting a 140 acre farm, Jimmy has an active interest in food and the outdoors all his life. Jimmy has a great interest in bees and has even travelled to Nepal and spent time with the honey hunters there. He is also President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ in Suffolk is home to all sorts of native livestock including pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and turkeys. He also encourages food provenance and local food supply chains in his onsite restaurant. Combining his ethos of small scale farming; beekeeping; rearing of native breeds and teaching children the value of food where t... […]

  • Gareth Morgan - Education & Husbandry Committee, Standing Orders & Governance Committee and Research Committee
    on 18th July 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Gareth Morgan - elected Jan 2017 ADM for second 3 year term I currently run my own successful business after a career as a professional trumpet player, and read, some ten years ago, about CCD in the US from a Sunday newspaper. This sparked my interest in beekeeping to where I am now. Like most of us who started beekeeping later on in life, I wish I had started years before as they are fascinating insects and there is so much to learn. I decided to become a Trustee after being asked by my Association in Surrey, where I am Chairman of the Wimbledon Division. I currently sit on the EC, Finance,, Governance, Education & Husbandry and Research committees. I am passionate about education in beekeeping as knowing what the bees ‘are and do’ is the way forward to becoming better beekeepers and looking after this precious species. Email her […]

  • Learning about Asian hornets from Jersey Beekeepers
    on 18th July 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Mark White of EDBKA is working with the Asian hornet team on the island of Jersey, learning how to track a suspected nest. Mark is actually allergic to stings so will be taking care not to get stung. He will be putting out regular blogs on the East Dorset Beekeepers page and here is the first: […]

  • BBKA Membership renewal (British)
    on 18th July 2019 at 10:45 am


National Bee Unit 

  • Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire
    on 3rd July 2019 at 12:13 am

    The National Bee Unit has today (Wednesday 3 July 2019) confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire, after it was reported by a member of the public. Based upon visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen.Further information can be found here. […]

  • Reoccurrence of Small Hive Beetle in Sicily
    on 1st July 2019 at 12:13 am

    The Italian authorities have notified the Commission of the reoccurrence of Small Hive Beetle in Sicily in the Siracusa area. The EU will be discussing changes to the safeguard measure at the next SCOPAFF on 8/9 July. […]

  • Gmail Account - Emails Being Filtered
    on 30th June 2019 at 12:13 am

    We are having a few enquiries from beekeepers with Gmail accounts regarding our emails not being received.Please add to your safe senders list to try get our emails past the junk filtering system, as this is the address the automated emails are sent from.Some beekeepers have also told us that they found the automated emails in a different junk folder, once they logged in to their Gmail account on a desktop computer.Please try these methods and if you still experience issues contact the NBU Office: […]

  • Swarms of honeybees
    on 29th May 2019 at 12:13 am

    The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page. […]