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


  • Instagram
    on 15th January 2021 at 12:05 pm

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  • Marin Anastasov talk: Nutritional requirement and supplemental feeding
    on 14th January 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Marin Anastasov talk: Nutritional requirement and supplemental feeding Nutrition is a basic biological need and the pre-requisite for a healthy and productive colony. Carbohydrates provide bees with the energy for flight, movement and heat, while protein, fats, vitamins and minerals are needed for the growth, function and development of the colony. This talk will cover the importance of different nutrients to both individual bees and to the colony and will look at the different types of feed required at different times of the year. It will describe when, how, and what to feed bees, the different types of food available, and the various types of feeders. Please note Head Office will be shut after hours on the night of the talk, so if you are having problems logging on to Zoom, please email as this Inbox will be monitored up until the start of the event. Please remember that you must have pre-registered first. About Marin Anastasov, NDB Marin ...

  • Lecturers & Speakers
    on 11th January 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Enhance your association activities and extend your educational programme by booking a speaker. Tips for looking after your speakers:  Make contact with potential speakers well in advance, many are booked up to a year ahead. Send your speaker a reminder a week or so before, with clear directions and map on how to find the venue. Check your speaker's equipment needs. If your speaker is travelling a long distance, be prepared to provide accommodation/ dinner costs. Provide a parking space as close to the venue as possible. Don't forget to send a note of thanks. Speakers' Directory

  • Online data base of pollinator interactions
    on 11th January 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Dr Nicholas Balfour and colleagues at Sussex University were recipients of funding from BBKA in 2018 for an unusual and interesting project on building an online data base of pollinator interactions.  This is intended to be open access when it becomes active (hopefully later in 2020) so that anyone can search it for any plant and any pollinator.  Lockdown has slowed up the completion of this work but the group have managed to prepare a paper for publication and there is a description of the work here. The Database of Pollinator Interactions (DoPI) The importance of flower-insect interactions in maintaining global biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and agricultural output is well established. However, significant concerns remain about pollinator and plant populations declines and shrinking distributions. For example, more than 40 British bee, wasp and butterfly species have become extinct in the last two centuries 1. While many potential causes have been identified, the ...

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  • COVID-19 and Beekeeping update
    on 11th January 2021 at 12:00 am

    This is a re-issue of the guidance provided in October 2020:Please find the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance. The update includes separate links to the current Public Health Guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v3COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v3If you have any queries please contact:For England: Wales: / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymruFor Scotland:

  • Starvation and Varroa Alert
    on 4th December 2020 at 12:00 am

    Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food.Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily.For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allowed an increase in mite reproduction.Please monitor mite levels and treat accordingly.For further information, please see the’ Managing Varroa’ Advisory leaflet on the following BeeBase Page:

  • 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 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.