News from British Bee Keepers Association and Yorkshire Bee Keepers Association

Summaries and links to the latest news, bulletins and announcements from the British Beekeepers Association [BBKA] and theYorkshire Beekeepers Association [YBKA].

Latest from BBKA

Online Meetings from YBKA – 2021

Thursday March 4th, 7-9pm 

David Tarpy and Diagnosing queen problems: is it the queen, the colony, both, or neither?’.

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This talk  – which offers practical advice based on empirical research – looks at different symptoms and deciding whether or not the problem is the queen’s fault. A lesson in showing how we blame the queen way more often than is actually her fault!

David has been a Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003. His research interests focus on the biology and behaviour of honeybee queens to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. His work has provided some of the best empirical evidence that multiple mating by queens confers multiple and significant benefits to colonies through increased genetic diversity of their nestmates, particularly through increased tolerance to numerous diseases.

Thursday, March 18th, 7-9pm

Dr Jamie Ellis and Mating biology of the honeybee

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Individual honeybees and honey bee colonies both reproduce. In this lecture, you will learn about the mating and reproductive habits of queen and drone honeybees. The reproduction of individual bees will be placed in a larger context with that of colony-level reproduction, a feat accomplished by the swarm.

Dr Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research. Regarding his extension work, Jamie created the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination

Thursday, April 1st, 7-9pm   

Randy Oliver and Reading the combs – Understanding bee biology over the course of a season

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By acquiring a better understanding of the biology of bees, nutrition, parasites, and pathogens over the course of the season, and by learning to “read the combs,” the beekeeper can then make better informed management decisions adapted to his/her particular situation.

Randy runs the not-for-profit  website with the aim of providing evidence-based and scientifically-verified explanations of the biological processes occurring in the hive, as well as the effects of various management options allowing the beekeeper to make informed practical management decisions. Based in California, Randy has been a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal since 2006 and aims to provide beekeepers with a resource of readable and straightforward information on how to practice good bee husbandry, and exercise environmental and community responsibility.

 2019 YBKA Newsletters

The following YBKA Newsletters from 2019 are also available:

January – February – March  – AprilMay – June – August – September – October  – November –December

News from BBKA

A letter, sent on behalf of a number of beekeeping and bee-oriented organisations, has been sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It concerns pesticide use and bees.

A copy of the letter has been sent to us by BBKA and may be found by following this link.

BBKA January Message from the Chair

The January Newsletter from BBKA is now available to read online.

Latest from BBKA

This link takes you to the latest bulletin from the Chair of BBKA concerning, amongst other things, the Honey Survey. See Chair’s statement…

News from BBKA

To read the latest news and information from BBKA…follow the link

New BBKA Forum Established

A new Forum for discussions on bees and beekeeping has been set up by the British Bee Keepers Association, it may be accessed here:  BBKA Forum