Asian hornet identified in Lancashire

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Bury area of Lancashire. It was spotted by a member of the public in a cauliflower, which has since been traced back to Boston, Lincolnshire.
The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and work is already underway to identify any nests, which includes setting up a surveillance zone and traps in the two identified locations and deploying bee inspectors to visit local beekeepers.

Full article here

Apimondia 2019 Announced

Montréal will be hosting the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in 2019.
As many of you know, APIMONDIA is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. Its major objective is to facilitate the exchange of information and discussions by organizing Congresses and Symposia where beekeepers, scientists, honey-traders, agents for development, technicians and legislators meet to listen, discuss and learn from one another. Apimondia meetings are fabulous events that offer great opportunities to learn about all the aspects of the beekeeping world. During these meetings, from morning until late evening, participants explore various exhibits and learn about cutting edge research from all parts of the world.

The official website is HERE

Healthy Bee Day Announced 19th May 2018

Open to beekeepers from Warwickshire and adjoining counties, a day of practical workshops and demonstrations covering all aspects of bee health including the chance to inspect diseased comb.  This will be led by the Regional Bee Inspector, assisted by members of his staff

Cost :-£15 , Tea/coffee included. Bring your own lunch. Delegates will receive a Healthy Bee guide for use in the apiary.

All 60 places now allocated

Warwickshire County Honey Show – Saturday 30th September 2017

The Honey Show is being staged in the Oak Room of the Rural Innovation Centre (RIC) just behind the National Beekeeping Centre (NBC). It is a closed show for Associations and Branches within the County. There is no public access to the Show this year – the whole day is purely for Warwickshire Beekeepers to exhibit, be entertained and to socialise.

Staging of the exhibits is from 8.00-10.00am in the RIC with tea/coffee etc. being served in the NBC from 10.00am. Concurrent with the judging of exhibits in the RIC from 10.30am, there are two lectures being held in the main hall of the NBC:

10.30 Lecture 1 – ‘Nectar Preferences of Honeybees’ presented by Laura Jones of the Botanic Gardens of Wales. Since April 2016, plants in flower have been correlated, month by month, with pollen found in nectar / honey stored by the bees in the Garden’s hives.

12.00 Lecture 2 – ‘The Geological History of Britain’. The presenter, geologist Jo Hands of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, will focus on how the underlying rock strata affects our local flora and fauna.

Between 1.30 and 2.30pm there is a Bring and Share lunch during which members and exhibitors will have the opportunity to socialise. This is followed by a judges debrief after which the exhibits are open for general viewing. Prize giving is at 4.00pm with exhibits able to be collected from the stewards from approximately 4.30pm.

To enter, please use the Entry Form between 1st and 23rd September.