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26 Apr 2021

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Reporting Varroa

Posted on 12 April 2021 | 12:00 am

On 21st April, 2021 an amendment to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006 comes into force requiring beekeepers and or officials to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow England to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union. Similar arrangements are being made in Wales and Scotland. To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will allow beekeepers and inspectors to report the presence or absence of Varroa. Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and we are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

2020 Hive Count

Posted on 29 March 2021 | 12:00 am

More than 10,000 beekeepers, a record number, updated their details on BeeBase during this year's hive count. There are currently more than 44,000 beekeepers registered on BeeBase, meaning that around 23% participated.

This year’s hive count produced a figure of 260,268 colonies in the UK. This is slightly lower than the 2019 figure of 263,896. It is necessary to make a number of assumptions in the calculation, and so the figure is classed as an experimental statistic.

The Hive Count provides a very useful indication of the number of managed colonies in the UK, and helps to ensure that BeeBase records are kept up to date. Information about numbers and location of hives is very important for National Bee Unit inspectors in terms of preparing and planning for outbreaks of disease and exotic pests.

Thank you very much to everyone who has taken time to ensure that their BeeBase information is up to date.

How can training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers be improved? Have your say by taking our survey.

Posted on 24 March 2021 | 12:00 am

Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved.   It should take no more than 15 minutes.

Please go to to complete the survey by 21 April.

Defnyddiwch y ddolen hon i gwblhau'r arolwg erbyn 21/04/2021.

Please encourage beekeepers and bee farmers to complete the survey.


Speakers at BBKA 2021 Spring Convention

Posted on 13 April 2021 | 9:29 am

This year the BBKA Spring Convention will be a virtual event starting Thurs 15 April at 19.30 running through to Sun 18 April. It costs just £10 for access to the whole event including more than 20 lectures, presentations and live Q&As as well as some more social sessions.  Register now for Spring Convention 2021 Donate to support BBKA Research 1 Keynote Address: Tipping Points and Perceptions – Dr David Aston  Thursday, 15 April 19.35 - 20.30 Sponsor C.B.Dennis Trust  It is an understatement to say that humankind faces many challenges many of which are of its own creation. Honey bees and humans have had a long relationship and species of the genus Apis, and many other bee species have contributed greatly to human civilisation around the world. The British Isles are no exception to this. Our reliance on pollinators and the particular contribution made by the honey bees should be front and centre in our society’s planning for the future. Thi...

In Memoriam

Posted on 12 April 2021 | 4:39 pm

The National Bee Centre was opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh on 5th July 2000 The then President of the BBKA, Michael Badger, and members of Her Majesty's Government were present when the Duke unveiled a commemorative plaque.  He had earlier met representatives of beekeeping associations outside the new headquarters.  -ends- 

10 Favourite Flowers to attract Honey Bees

Posted on 12 April 2021 | 12:05 pm

You may only have a small garden but there are flowers you can plant to help our bees throughout the year.  Many of the hedgerows and verges have disappeared and parts of the countryside are like green deserts with very few wild flowers.  Bees need pollen and nectar to supply them with protein and carbohydrates.  Small rural and urban gardens can offer a great food source for all our pollinators and still look superb. Click here to access the leaflet. YouTube Video DONATE