Protecting our bees

Reports of stolen beehives and damage to equipment has been appearing in recent news in other areas of the UK, the latest reported being beehive fires in Kent thought to have been started deliberately as police investigate. Many more cases have also been posted on the BBKA Facebook page over the past few months in other counties but not reported to the police.

Latest weapon to fight Asian Hornet

The nation’s smartphones are the latest weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of the Asian hornet, thanks to a newly launched free app called Asian Hornet Watch. Designed to quickly and easily report possible sightings of the invasive species and send images of suspect insects to experts at the National Bee Unit.

Honey sales at Honiton Show

Many thanks to all members who donated honey to the Taste of Honey stall at the Honiton Show in 2016. Your donation of honey is very important to us and hope it helped towards selling your honey at the Honey Sales stall.  Having tasted a delicious honey with their scone and cream, people tend to ask for that honey when buying a jar to take home.

Members are again invited to supply honey products for this year's show on Thursday 3rd August 2017.  Other bee products will be welcome.

Mind the June gap

Beekeepers may wish to monitor their colony food levels closely, particularly in any splits, nucleus colonies or colonies where the entire spring honey crop was removed. In some areas of the UK, Bee Inspectors are concerned at finding colonies that are starving.

Beginners... and bees!

Today was the last day of this year's Beginners' Basic Beekeeping Course which brought together 37 people of all ages with one thing in common... bees! The course itself started at the beginning of the year in January with evening sessions followed by two practical sessions at our Exeter apiary.  The course was led by David Packham, Seasonal Bee Inspector, who provided all the coursework for the budding beekeepers that was based on the BBKA's Basic Assessment Syllabus.

Rolling out the Evolution of resistance to Varroa and DWV

REViVe (Rolling out the Evolution of resistance to Varroa and DWV) is a three year project currently being undertaken Jessica Kevill and Professor Stephen Martin, University of Salford, Manchester and Dr Declan Schroeder, The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom to find out if a small number of European honey bee populations (Apis mellifera) can persist without any Varroa control and to investigate if this can provide a long-term solution to the Varroa-Deformed Wing Virus problem faced by beekeepers.

Children's 'Bee Creative' Competition

Teachers - how about this as a project for your class? Parents - would your children enjoy this competition? The Bee Tent at the Honiton Show is always a very popular place to visit and this year a competition has been organised for children of primary school age to make a poster or mobile illustrating bees working together towards their common objective.