BBKA 2017 Winter Loss Survey Results

English honeybees suffered badly this winter The annual survey carried out by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) to measure winter survival of honeybees shows that losses almost doubled from the 13% reported in 2016/7 to 25% or a quarter of colonies being lost in 2017/8. A significant cause of the increased losses was the more … Continue reading BBKA 2017 Winter Loss Survey Results

EU bans neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops

EU member states have voted by qualified majority to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops. The vote follows a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which found that the pesticides posed a threat to many species of bees, no matter where or how they were used in the outdoor environment. … Continue reading EU bans neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops

EDBKA Practical Training

East Dorset Beekeepers Association (EDBKA) ran an outdoor practical training session at the association's apiary today, for new and aspiring beekeepers, and for members who are taking the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) basic assessment this year. Mark White, Chris Williams and myself lead the new-bee groups on opening and inspecting hives. There was also a … Continue reading EDBKA Practical Training

Confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet in Lancashire

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of a single Asian hornet in Lancashire. More information can be found in the Defra Press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire Further guidance on the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase including an Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster . We have written a monitoring trap for … Continue reading Confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet in Lancashire