Win a pollinator facelift for your local area

Hurry: closing date 30th May 2013. Have you got a patch of unloved overgrown land in your local area? Want to transform it into a haven for bees, butterflies and your local community?

Plan Bee & Plantlife are giving seven areas the chance to win a facelift and be planted with pollinator-friendly flowers, to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.*

Spring Planting

The Royal Horticultural Society have a logo that is appearing on plants that have been asessed as useful for insect pollinators, not just honey bees but bumble bees and solitary bees along with hover flies,  butterflies and moths. 

RHS Pollinator logo

Open day at Sussex LASI


LASI, the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex is having an open day on 20th July.

Spring Forager Published

At last the new edition of the Forager is published.

BBC Radio Costing the Earth

Costing the Earth

The BBC Radio environmental series, "Costing the Earth" this week was covering the influence of pesticides in the context of all the problems bees and other pollinators face. is the iplayer link, but it will also be available as a download indefinitely.

BBKA Exams Booklist Updated

A new format list has been issued of books recommended for use with BBKA module and husbandry exams. It replaces the previous matrix with a list of titles for each paper headed by the titles currently in print. It also includes generic and freely available categories such as BBKA, FERA and NHS leaflets.

Winter colony losses on Radio 4 Farming Today

BBC Radio 4 Farming Today had reports this week that weather conditions in the past year have increased losses of colonies this winter, 50% or more for some beekeepers.

Bee on apple blossom

March of the Beekeepers

Demonstration to lobby the UK Government to ban neonicotinoids, 26th April 10.30am - congregate at the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square

Sherlock Holmes & The Apprentice Beekeeper

Just to give all of us a feeling of the everyday the BBC have created some new Sherlock Holmes stories - the first of which involves a beekeeper.

Why not listen? Click here

Harrow in Leaf Quiz

The quiz will take place at the Leaf HQ West Harrow Allotments on 27th April 2013.
HBKA members and their families and friends usually make up a significant proportion of the contestants ! 
The cost is £10 to include a fish /chicken/veggie burger and chip supper.
Those who attended last year will be pleased to hear that Terry who was quiz master then as agreed to a repeat performance ...he made the quiz great fun.


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