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Importing Bees "against best practice for our environment".

Beekeeping Associations,  from all around the UK,  are in agreement that the importation of bees from overseas is totally against best practices for the protection of our environment.

Please sign the petition 

Honey Labels We do need the government to overhaul and update the labeling of the Honey sold in the UK. This is the first step in reducing the amount of ‘so-called’ Honey sold in our supermarkets that contain very little honey produced by bees. Please consider signing this petition and ask your friends to sign it. This affects anyone who buys, sells or eats honey.

Please sign the petition

BIBBA

A couple of years ago, BIBBA launched a free-to-use independent website to list beekeeping events. 

BBKBA EVENTS CALENDER

Associations can list their talks and see
what BBKA are offering.

BBKBA RECORDED TALKS

PESTICIDE 2022 UPDATE

You are probably aware that a derogation has been approved by the Minister for Agriculture allowing the use of a banned pesticide (Cruiser SB: Thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid) to be used on sugar beet in 2022. This pesticide will be applied to seed as a dressing before planting if a high aphid count is seen. Aphids carry a virus known as Yellows which adversely affects some crops.

The BBKA is totally opposed to the use of this and similar pesticides due to their effecton on not only the honey bees but other pollinators, and the wider environment.  The BBKA has considered the use of the HMG Petition system, however with a decision due on the 1st March 2022, we believe that suffiicient time does not exist for a petition to be raised. 

 

As this matter is urgent, will you please register your opposition to   the use of this type of chemical by signing any petition which opposes the use of any of such damaging pesticides.

A petition has been started  on the government website. Enough signatures on this link forces the government to discuss it in the House of Commons.

Active Petitions include:

Greenpeace

Party.coop

The ‘precautions’ for the use of this chemical to ‘protect’ pollinators is to ban any flowering crops (or ground cover) in the soil where this treated seed is used for a period of 32 months following the crop planting and the use of herbicides to prevent flowering of any weeds (wildflowers?).

Therefore, there cannot be any forage for Bees or other Pollinators for 3 years in any land used to grow crops treated with this chemical. This will be effectively at best a green monoculture with no forage for any pollinator. If any pollinators survive they will STARVE.

Please express your opposition to the use of this chemical by supporting any suitable petition and writing to your MP. You can find the contact details for your MP by using the link and entering your postcode. 

Adopt a Beehive

Honey Bees need your help - contact the BBKA for further information.

BeeConnected

Bringing farmers and beekeepers together, and keeping beekeepers notified when a neighbouring farmer is applying insecticides to their crops.

The Glebelands Centre

Greystoke Road, Ferring, BN12 5JL

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Dates for your diary 2022/2023

April

8th-9th BBKA Spring Convention

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 16th at 11am

Inspect colonies, clip/mark queens.  Frame making

 

Thursday 14th

WBKA Monthly Meeting at Glebelands 7.45pm.

Bob Smith

Keep it clean - brood comb replacement including why, when and how of Bailey Comb Change, Shook Swarm, double brood system.

Saturday 23rd

BEE MARKET AND AUCTION

Chichester College, Pulborough

Auction catalogue will be published online after 18th April.

 

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 30th at 11am

Inspect colonies, prepare for swarming.  Frame making.

May

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Friday 6th at 11am

Swarm control, disease check.  Frame making.

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 14th at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making.

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Friday 20th at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making.

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 28th at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making if needed.

June

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Friday 3rd at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making if needed.

South of England Show, Ardingly

Friday 10th Saturday 12th 

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 11th at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making if needed.

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Friday 17th at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making if needed.

Summer Picnic at Out Apiary

Wednesday 22nd from 6.15pm

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 25th at 11am

Swarm control.  Frame making if needed.

July

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 9th at 11am

Checking honey crop.

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 23rd at 11am

Checking honey crop.

August

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 6th at 12 noon

Honey Extraction Day

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 13th at 11am

Varroa Treatment
 

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 27th at 11am

Varroa Treatment

September

 

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 8th at 7.30pm

Glebelands Centre

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Friday 9th 10th at 11am

Varroa Treatment and Feeding.

 

 

WBKA Annual Honey Show, Findon Sheep Fair

Saturday 10th 

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 24th at 11am

Varroa Treatment and Feeding.

October

Out Apiary Summer Programme

Saturday 8th at 11am

Feeding.

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 13th at 7.30pm

Glebelands Centre

November

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 10th at 7.30pm

AGM

Glebelands Centre

December

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 8th at 7.30pm

Christmas Party

Glebelands Centre