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Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 12:00 am

The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:

  •  East England: Norfolk.
  •  North West England: West Yorkshire.
  •  North East Wales: Flintshire, Denbighshire & Wrexham.
  •  Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil.

If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs 

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.

Asian Hornet Week

Posted on 10 September 2021 | 12:00 am

6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
Two new presentations on the Asian hornet diet and Asian hornet nests in the UK by Dr Eleanor Jones are now available.
Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.

Asian Hornet Week

Posted on 9 September 2021 | 12:00 am

6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
See the Hunt for Asian hornets blog by Meg Seymour and Gordon Bull here
Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.


Schools & Community Engagement Officer

Posted on 27 September 2021 | 12:48 pm

A generous legacy gave rise to the concept that the BBKA office building and apiary garden could be re-modelled to provide the facilities needed for an educational visitor centre aimed at schools and community groups.  The vision is to invite groups to spend time with us learning about honey bees and pollinators, their importance to the environment and how this aligns to the National Curriculum.   We are now in the process of recruiting a Schools and Community Engagement Officer to work with us to get this exciting project ready for launch and to continue to develop and grow the programme moving forward.  The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 3rd November 2021. For a full Job Description and application details click here. Work has been completed to extend the office building in order to create a modern training hall which is bright and airy and includes all of the latest equipment.  This includes a kitchen area and disabled toilets. Exten...

Beacon Schools

Posted on 27 September 2021 | 10:25 am

BBKA Beacon Schools Mission Statement BBKA Beacon School status is awarded to those schools who demonstrate sustained best practice in beekeeping and apiculture acting as Centres of Excellence in the provision of on-site school apiaries and bee clubs.  Beacon schools will educate their pupils about the enjoyment and appreciation of beekeeping and increase awareness in young people of the importance of bees and other pollinating insects in the environment, plus sharing their knowledge not only with other schools but also with their local communities.  The aim is to establish a pool of schools with the required knowledge, experience and set up to provide support to others and to demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits to children keeping bees can bring. Beacon Schools should: Show sustained commitment to beekeeping with an on-site apiary registered on BeeBase Follow an established curriculum related to beekeeping Provide a beekeeping resource centre for other schools Be...

Past Spring Convention Programmes

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 10:46 am

Recent Spring Convention Programmes The Spring Convention has been held annually since 1977, other than in 2020 when the event was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 2021's Spring Convention was a virtual, armchair event and several of the presentations from that Convention are available here.     The 2022 Convention will be 8-10 April. Mark this on your calendar now!  The Convention Committee look forward to welcoming you back again to Harper Adams University in Shropshire for a 'face to face' Convention.   So that you can really get a flavour of what the BBKA's Spring Convention is all about, the programmes for several previous years are available below.  These include 2021's virtual Convention, the (cancelled) 2020 event and recent Conventions at Harper Adams. Spring Convention 2021 Programme Spring Convention 2020 Programme Spring Convention 2019 Programme Spring Convention 2018 Programme