Queen Rearing

Thank you to all those who recently attended the Stafford Bee Group winter lecture on queen rearing.

I’m sure all those who attended will agree that Trevor, Jan and Dave did a fantastic job standing up in front of everyone to present their methods and talked through their experiences in queen rearing.

If you’d like to know more, or missed the lecture, Trevor and Jan have kindly shared their presentations. They have been added to the Resources Page for you, where you can find more information about queen rearing.

BBKA Spring Convention 2023

Following the success of the face-to-face Convention in 2022, the event will again be held at Harper Adams in Shropshire, 21-23 April 2023, with the Trade Show on Saturday 22nd April. This is the BBKA’s premier educational event of the year, a unique opportunity for beekeepers of all levels of experience to choose from 25 lectures and more than 60 workshops and seminars, together with the Trade Show and the usual opportunities to meet old (and make new) friends from around the country. T


BBKA Spring Convention 2023

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 April 2023

Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Lectures, Workshops and Seminars covering a wide range of practical and scientific topics, directed at all levels of experience, presented by leading experts

Bumper Trade Show Saturday 22nd

Speakers and Tutors include: Randy Oliver (virtually), Samuel Ramsey (virtually), Marin Anastasov, Martin Bencsik, Shirley & Richard Bond, Giles Budge, Stephen Case-Green, Julie Coleman, Michael Collier, Lynfa Davies, Stephen Fleming, Mike Garratt, Fani Hatjina, John Hendrie, Luke & Suzie Hutchinson, Lynne Ingram, Angela Kirk, Stephen Martin, Jane Medwell, Jenny Morgan, Chris Park, Tom Pope, Sara Robb, Anne Rowberry, Debbie Smith, Victoria Soroker, Sean Stephenson, Oliver St.John, Jane Stout, Jim & Val Vivian-Griffiths, Alison Wakeman and more……

For further information, and to book from 30th January

see the Spring Convention pages of www.bbka.org.uk

Joyce Nisbet

BBKA Trustee & Spring Convention Committee Chair

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: 


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