Asian Hornet Conference 2023

Saturday 4th February 10.00am – 4.30pm

This year’s online conference will look at several difference aspects relating to the science surrounding Asian Hornets.  There will be a summary of some of the work done as part of the Atlantic Positive Project; a short introduction to the Asian Hornet life history; details of developments surrounding possible deterrents, detection and protection within apiaries; and an update on the situation in Europe.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Peter Kennedy, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
  • Nigel Semmence, Contingency Planning & Science Officer, Bee Health Advisory Service – National Bee Unit 
  • Xulio Maside Rodríguez, Univ. Santiago de Compostela  
  • Ana Isabel Garcia, Univ. Santiago de Compostela  
  • Maria Shantal Rodriguez Flores, Univ. Vigo (Ourense)  
  • Ana Dieguez Anton, Univ. Vigo (Ourense) 
  • Andrew Durham

Please go to our website to book your place:  https://www.bbka.org.uk/Event/asian-hornet-conference-2023

Kind regards

Anne Rowberry, BBKA President 

Letter from BBKA – January 2023

Honey Labelling Regulations – Petition

Please see details of the letter received from the BBKA below.

11th January 2023

Dear BBKA member

I am writing to ask for your support for our SECOND honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK.  We urgently need as much support as possible to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures which means the Government must consider the issue for debate in Parliament.   The support of the general public and not just the beekeeping community is essential to achieve this result.

To find out more about the reasons we have raised this petition, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/szsyb1TDgzw

To sign the petition – please click the following link:  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/624402/

I think I’ve already signed the petition!

Please note this is our 2nd honey petition so it is possible you are remembering signing the 1st petition.  To be sure, please click the link above – the system will tell you if you have already signed when you enter your email address.  

I’d like to advertise the petition when I sell my honey – can you provide any resources to help?

There are a number of resources available on the BBKA website including QR codes with automatic links to the petition and some artwork:  https://www.bbka.org.uk/downloadable-resources

How else can I help?

If you are a user of social media, please share one of the BBKA social media posts: 

https://twitter.com/britishbee/status/1610271112671203330?s=20&t=x2uqrp3MDeWhi3VEV69paA
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm9qctrphI0/

You can also print off this QR code which can be scanned by your friends and family who have smartphones – they will be taken directly to the petition page:

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has already signed the petition – your support is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

Stephen Barnes

BBKA Chair

Study Groups, BBKA Exam Fees & Dates 2023

If you’re intending to further your learning this year, why not consider joining one of our BBKA Module study groups?

Jan is leading a study group for preparation for the Basic Assessment in July, which starts on 27th February.  Dayna is leading a study group preparing for the Honey Bee Health Certificate also in July and Trevor is leading the General Husbandry study group for assessment in July, and they meet monthly, on the second or third Monday.

There is no requirement to undertake any assessments, please just come along to gain knowledge and improve your beekeeping.

Any members who wish to undertake examinations on the 18th March, please let Trevor know by the 10th February and the closing date for the Honey Bee Health Assessment and General Husbandry is the 28th February.

If you would like more information about anything in this email, please contact Trevor at trevorsmith_13@yahoo.com.  We have attached below the exam & assessment dates and fees FYI

Support and share the New Honey Petition

Message from BBKA Chair, Stephen Barnes:

I am writing to ask all Associations and their members to support our new honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/624402/

Following our members’ propositions and direction at the 2021 ADM, this is the second honey petition in our efforts to maintain pressure on the government to address this important issue. If you signed the first petition, please be sure to sign this one too.

The important underlying issue here is ‘Funny’ Honey – i.e honey that has not necessarily involved a honeybee collecting nectar, processing and storing in the hive. Supermarket own-label honey can be bought for as little as 69p a jar. Although supermarkets say every jar of honey is “100% pure” and can be traced back to the beekeeper, there is no requirement to identify the countries of origin of honey blended from more than one country. We want consumers to start looking at the labels when buying honey – does it clearly state the country of origin? If it seems cheap compared to the other honeys on the shelf, ask themselves why?

We kindly ask all members to share the petition link with family and friends and on social media to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures which means the Government must consider the issue for debate in Parliament. The support of the general public and not just the beekeeping community is essential to achieve this result so please share as widely as possible. Associations and individuals that use Social media can also ‘share’ the BBKA social media pages below to create awareness and to share the link.

https://www.facebook.com/TheBritishBeekeepersAssociation
https://twitter.com/britishbee
https://www.instagram.com/britishbeekeepers/

Stephen Barnes – Chair BBKA

Success at the 2022 Honey Show & Convention

Huge thank you to everyone involved who made our 2022 Honey Show and Convention such a great success.

So many thank yous to mention; to all the attendees who came to support the Show and joined us for such a fantastic day, to members who entered the various range of classes for judging, to our brilliant judge John Goodwin, and the wonderful Prof Stephen Martin for his lectures. I think it is fair to say that everyone came away with some fascinating insight and information from both the open judging and lectures.

And last but not least, to the team who worked hard to help organise such a great event. What a success! Well done to you all.

The team will be following up on all the feedback from the event, and are already thinking ahead to next years 40th Anniversary at Shugborough. 🍯🐝🏆