Small Hive Beetle alert - Reports from Italy and BBKA response (update)

The NBU reports that Small Hive Beetle has been reported in traps in South West Italy. This is from a trap in a hive belonging to the local University. That makes it distinct from the previous record when SHB was found in 2004 in Portugal in an import from Texas and all the imported material could be destroyed. The beetles may have been present around the port of Gioia Tauro for some time. As the NBU statement says:

HBKA Honey Show


Monday was wet but the Sunday saw visitors. Thanks to everyone who helped in the marquee or entered any classes and especial thanks to Sarah and Tilman for taking on the organisation.

Class winners: see the full news item.

National Honey Show

NHS jarsThe NHS lecture schedule has been released, the leaflet is available as a pdf and workshop details are on the website (booking from 1 September). Our own Bill Fitzmaurice is leading candle making workshops on the Saturday. In competition there are new categories for set honey and sweet and dry mead.


Several thefts have been repotred around the northern part of the M25. Not complete hives this time, just supers of honey or even frames removed from hives. Obviously someone who knows something about bees as in what to take and when. Be aware of strangers on exposed sites.

Honey, it's SHOW TIME!

annual show logoOnly a week to the HBKA Annual Honey Show. Part of the Harrow in LEAF show on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Headstone Manor, the honey show has been a long established fixture for HBKA.

Summer Forager Published!

The new Summer edition of the Forager has been released. Thanks to Anna Surgenor, our new Editor for her sterling efforts in publishing, finely balanced with producing a spring addition to her family!

Winter Losses Down in 2014

Winter 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
% Lost 17.7% 13.6% 16.2% 33.8% 9.6%


The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) have announced their conference at Langollen in N Wales from 26-28  September 2014. Specialising in the native black bee subspecies Apis mellifera mellifera, the conference features three lecture streams over 3 days with international and UK speakers. bibba

President's Day and Pot Luck Supper at the Apiary

Presidents Day Outside

We hope members can come to our President's day event on Saturday June 14th at the apiary at Hatch End starting at 5p.m. and finishing when everyone decides to leave. We are repeating the event held last year, which  incorporated the pot luck event and the president's day. This is a great opportunity to meet with our president Van Hinnman who very generously provides food and drinks for the members' enjoyment

Apiary Inspections, Sat 21 Jun


After the change of policy at the NBU last year, Regional or Seasonal Bee Inspectors were expected to concentrate on suspected disease outbreaks and routine inspections of association apiaries were left to the associations themselves. This year the BDI has issued grants of £100 to associations to help with the overheads.


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