Latest News

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

BBKA

  • ADM 2021 - Saturday 16th January 2021
    on 26th November 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Notification Letter- important please read    BBKA 2021 ADM Virtual Meeting – What you Need to Know Version 4 Delegate Nomination Form Proxy Voting Form ADM 2021 Delegate Pack :  Index  Part 1- Reports    Part 2 - Accounts  Part 3 - Man Reports   Part 4 - Nominations  Part 5 - Propositions As delegates are being asked to have two screens or two computers available on the day so they can watch the ADM proceedings on one screen and vote on the other.  We have decided to post paper copies of the ADM pack to each delegate and to the supporter/reserve delegate.     Delegates must attend one of the six online trial sessions we will be holding: Thursdays 26th  November and 10th December at 7pm Fridays 27th November and 11th December at 10am Saturdays 28th November and 12th December at 10am Please indicate on the Delegate nomination form your chosen session or email gen.manager@bbka.org.uk 2020 ADM...

  • Spring Convention Survey
    on 26th November 2020 at 12:16 pm

    The BBKA Spring Convention Committee would like to find out opinions about the 2021 Spring Convention. Please help us plan a great event by taking part in this short anonymous questionnaire. BBKA Spring Convention Survey

  • Seeking views about BBKA Spring Convention 2021
    on 26th November 2020 at 11:18 am

    The BBKA Spring Convention Committee would like to find out opinions about the 2021 Spring Convention. Please help us plan a great event by taking part in this short anonymous questionnaire. BBKA Spring Convention Survey

  • 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers Cancelled
    on 26th November 2020 at 11:14 am

    Wednesday 25 November 2020 The 2021 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers which was due to take place in Slovenia has been cancelled. In the current pandemic, the organisers decided that they could not guarantee the wellbeing of the participants so the meeting cannot go ahead.  The objectives of IMYB are for young beekeepers to meet new friends from around the world, exchange their experiences and explore new cultures. The Slovenian team said "We hope you understand the decision. Hoping the situation gets better, we plan to meet you all in 2022 in Russia and then back again in Slovenia in 2023!"  The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) sends a team to the IMYB and will be informing next year's participants about the cancellation.  -ends-

National Bee Unit 

  • Julian Parker – Head of APHA’s National Bee Unit.
    on 23rd November 2020 at 12:00 am

    Following a recent recruitment process Julian Parker has been appointed as Head of the National Bee Unit (NBU) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency. Within the NBU Julian has previously been Acting Head as well as National Bee Inspector and before that Regional Bee Inspector for Southern and South East Regions. Julian has over 12 years operational experience with the NBU including leading outbreak situations. Julian is also well known in the wider beekeeping community and his expertise is highly respected across Defra and Welsh Government as well as with Bee Health stakeholders. He has also played a key role in the review of the 2020 Healthy Bees Plan and will now play a significant role in delivering the Healthy Bee Plan 2030. Many congratulations Julian.

  • Email issues
    on 16th November 2020 at 12:00 am

    If you have sent an email to nbu@apha.gov.uk between the 10th November and the 16th November, due to a system failure your message has not been received. Please resend your messages, we apologise for the inconvenience.

  • Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Published
    on 3rd November 2020 at 12:00 am

    Defra, Welsh Government and the National Bee Unit have worked with stakeholders to produce a review of progress made under the Healthy Bees Plan, a ten-year plan introduced in 2009 to improve honey bee health across England and Wales. Following this review, a new plan entitled the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 has been published today to carry on this important work.Welcoming the new plan, Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said:I am delighted that today we are publishing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which is Defra’s and Welsh Government’s joint framework for continued action to improve honey bee health in England and Wales over the next ten years. Protecting our honey bees is vital because of the benefits they bring through pollination of flowers and crops, honey production and our well-being. Bee health stakeholders have had a key role in developing this new Healthy Bees Plan and we look forward to continuing to work together as we implement the plan.Ceri Witchard, Deputy Director for Land, Nature and Forestry at Welsh Government, said:The Healthy Bees Plan 2009 was published with the aim of achieving a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Wales and England. Our overall aim has not changed. However, the experiences we have gained and the relationships we have built within the Bee Health Advisory Forum now put us in a firmer position to face new risks and challenges to honey bees. I am grateful to the Forum and other stakeholders for their commitment and contributions in developing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030.

  • Healthy Bees Plan Review Published
    on 2nd November 2020 at 12:00 am

    Defra, Welsh Government and the National Bee Unit have worked with stakeholders to produce a review of progress made under the Healthy Bees Plan, a ten-year plan introduced in 2009 to improve honey bee health across England and Wales. Healthy Bees Plan ReviewHealthy Bees Plan Review - Welsh Version