Last Call for HBKA Beginners Course 2014

A few places are still available on Harrow Beginners Course, see the downloadable 2014 course schedule.

Annual Honey Surveys

honey bears

Any honey this year? Surveys track yields and prices for honey year by year, two relevant for the South East of England are the national BBKA survey and the annual survey by the NBU regional bee inspector, Alan Byham. 

More than Honey - a film

more than honey

Ealing Transition Community Bee Project and Ealing FotE are hosting a film showing: ‘More than Honey’ is a film by Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof about honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia, from small family beekeepers to industrialized honey farms.

Asian Hornet reports - Updated


The NBU has stated that previous reports of the Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) in Kent on investigation were the much less aggressive European Hornet (Vespa Crabro). The NBU photo above shows the distinguishing features iof the Asian hornet which has a velvety body, yellow legs and a single yellow band on the abdomen. 

National Honey Show Schedule 2013


The NHS schedule for 2013 is now available including the lecture and workshop programmes, which this year includes candle making by our own wax maestro Bill Fitzmaurice.


Irish Beekeepers lose over 50%.of hives

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBKA) are claiming that their 2,000 and more members have had their worst winter losses in memory. They estimate that hive numbers in Ireland fell to below 10,000 from more than 20,000 starting the winter. Irish Newspapers have more details.


Third of all English Colonies Lost Over Winter

The 2012/13 BBKA Winter Survival Survey has found that losses more than doubled across all regions in England.

2012/13 - 33.8%
2011/12 - 16.2%
2010/11 - 13.6%
2009/10 - 17.7%

Increase in Scottish Hive Loss over Winter

scottish hives

A Scottish Government Bee Health Survey covering the 2012-13 winter has shown 79% of beekeepers lost at least one hive over winter compared with only 39% in the previous winter. Beekeepers identified the weather, queen health, starvation and varroa mites as responsible for losses.


Subscribe to RSS - blogs