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BIBBA members will be able to join us live for our winter webinar series and non-members will be able to enjoy the recordings. 

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BBKA RECORDED TALKS

NEW HONEY PETITION

Please sign our new honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK.

Following our members' propositions and direction at the 2021 ADM, this is the second honey petition in our efforts to maintain pressure on the government to address this important issue. If you signed the first petition, please be sure to sign this one too.

The important underlying issue here is ‘Funny’ Honey - i.e  honey that has not necessarily involved a honeybee collecting nectar, processing and storing in the hive.   Supermarket own-label honey can be bought for as little as 69p a jar. Although supermarkets say every jar of honey is “100% pure” and can be traced back to the beekeeper, there is no requirement to identify the countries of origin of honey blended from more than one country.  We want consumers to start looking at the labels when buying honey – does it clearly state the country of origin? If it seems cheap compared to the other honeys on the shelf, ask themselves why?

We kindly ask all members to share the petition link with family and friends and on social media to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures which means the Government must consider the issue for debate in Parliament.   The support of the general public and not just the beekeeping community is essential to achieve this result so please share as widely as possible.   

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. 

Dates for your diary 2023

Out Apiary Program & Meetings

April

Friday 14th at 11am

Inspect colonies

Saturday 22nd at 11am

Inspect colonies

May

Saturday 6th at 11am

Swarm Control

Friday 12th at 11am

Swarm Control

Saturday 20th at 11am

Swarm Control

Friday 26th at 11am

Swarm Control

June

Saturday 3rd at 11am

Swarm Control

Friday 9th at 11am

Swarm Control

Saturday 17th at 11am

Swarm Control

Mid Summer Picnic

Wednesday 21st at 6.15pm

Friday 23rd at 11am

Swarm Control

July 

Saturday 1st at 11am

Check honey crop

Friday 14th at 11am

Check honey crop

Saturday 29th at 11am

Check honey crop

 

August 

Friday 4th at 11am

Check honey crop

Saturday 12th at 12 noon

Honey Extraction Day

Saturday 19th at 11am

First Varroa treatment

September

Saturday 2nd at 11am

Second Varroa treatment

Saturday 9th 

WBKA Annual Honey Show

Findon Sheep Fair

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 14th at 7.30pm

Feeding

Saturday 16th at 11am

Feeding

October

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 12th at 7.30pm

Glebelands Centre

Saturday 14th at 11am

Winter preparation & feeding

Saturday 28th at 11am

Winter preparation & feeding

 

November

WBKA Monthly Meeting -AGM

Thursday 9th at 7.30pm

Glebelands Centre

December

WBKA Monthly Meeting

Thursday 14th at 7.30pm

Glebelands Centre

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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