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Julian Parker – Head of APHA’s National Bee Unit.

Posted on 23 November 2020 | 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.

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Posted on 16 November 2020 | 12:00 am

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Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Published

Posted on 3 November 2020 | 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.


Spring Convention Survey

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 10:26 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


Posted on 27 November 2020 | 4:36 pm

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BBKA Leaflets 2020

Posted on 27 November 2020 | 4:06 pm

Order Form for leaflets Allotment Beekeeping (L015) Cost: £0.07 each    Size: A4 3 Fold    Edition: February 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Bees, Neighbours & Siting an Apiary (L011) Cost: £0.12 each    Size: DL 4 Fold    Edition: June 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Collecting a Swarm (L004) Cost: Please download for free    Size: A4 3 Fold    Edition: May 2012  ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Managing live bees at Shows (L005) Cost: Please download for free   Size:  A4 3 Fold ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Pocket Guide to the Honey Bees (L028) Cost: £0.20 each  &nbsp...