On The Trail of the American Honeybee

Beekeepers may be interested in a BBC broadcast that is to happen on Tuesday 26th March at 11am on Radio 4.

For more details click here. It will also be available for playing again through the BBC iPlayer if you don't manage to listen to it live.

Starvation Risk, March 2013

 FERA have set a circular reminding beekeepers that continued bad weather could mean colonies running out of food. the full release is on the Beebase website. Around London, the snow has been lighter than elsewhere, but the temperature is barely above freezing.

No bees today

No bees out today.

Wax Workshop Runs Again

Bill, Doreen, Moira and Judy once again have got together to organise another Wax Workshop, for 20th July. So book early as places are being snapped up.

For more details click here. See what happened last time by clicking here.

Microscope Day

February training day at the HBKA apiary allowed many members to get some experience using microscopes and preparing samples. Checking for nosema spores and dissecting to diagnose acarine infection were the main activities.

Microscope Day

Farming Today - Neonicotinoids

Managed to catch this update from Farming Today on BBC.

Really odd the NFU Bee Representative was very much on the fence. Clearly they don't want knee-jerk reaction but a real sense that they want to keep using these chemicals because they reckon that their yields will drop. Good news is that B&Q is withdrawing the pesticide.

48 Hours To Sign Petition - As European Union vote to ban neonicotinoids

Avaaz (the petition site) have sent us this email (PLEASE NOTE - IT IS PROBABLY NOT NECESSARY, NOR DO WE RECOMMEND YOU ADD YOUR POSTCODE/MOBILE NUMBER WHEN SIGNING THE PETITION - Name, Email and Country should be sufficient):

Breaking news!! Europe's leaders could move to ban bee killing pesticides in 48 hours. Send this to everyone -- let's build a 2-million-strong swarm and make our voices heard before they meet

BBKA & Neonicotinoids

Dr David Aston, the Chairman of BBKA, has written to all the beekeeping associations with some news on their representation to the government on neonicotinoids:

The BBKA has been awaiting  the publication of reports from the European Food Standards Authority on the risk of three neonicotinoid insecticides to honeybees, bumble and solitary bees.

These reports have now been published and the attached statement sets out the BBKA's position on EFSA's research and recommendations to the government and regulatory authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of our honeybees.

Queen Of The Sun

A new DVD/film has been released about bees. It is on offer for local communities to view although you can pick up the book it might be worth someone picking up a copy to show:


Improving Honey Bee Health - Consultation

Today sees the launch of the public consultation on the ‘Proposed changes to managing and controlling pests and diseases’, which can be found at the following link:

January 2013 Bee News

I have collected all the interesting bits of bee related news found by our eager members (but mostly from Eileen Boden!):

Neonictinoids and Climate Change - Lethal for Bees

Bees swarm mini-helicopter camera


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