RBKA Announcements and News


2020 AGM

The RBKA 2020 AGM minutes are now available.

Bees for Development

We have received a request from Bees for Development asking us to make members aware of their Big Give Christmas Challenge, which aims  to raise £40,000 this week.

Donations made between now and 10 December will be doubled by Ethiopiaid and other pledge donors.

More information and a link for donations at: beesfordevelopment.org

BBKA Basic Assessment

The syllabus for the BBKA Basic Assessment qualification may be found by following this link. Further information on how members can take this will soon be available on the Training page

Three RBKA Members recently obtained this qualification, Kay Stevens [Credit], Rick Colman [Credit] and Simon Lathlean.

You could try it too!

Deformed Wing Virus News

Jessica Kevill and colleagues have published a paper on the evolution of the A,B and C strains of dwarf wing virus. This may be viewed by following this link.

2020 RBKA Beekeeping Course

The Course – An Introduction to Beekeeping – for anyone who thinks they might be interested in keeping bees. The course is based around the BBKA Course in a Case and has been developed further over the last few years to incorporate the latest developments in beekeeping. It includes practical and outdoor work for those who wish to do it.  Places are limited to 15 and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Further details and application form are on the Training page.

2018 AGM

The 2018 AGM was successfully held at Wombleton Village Hall on Tuesday 13th November. A total of 24 members attended and apologies were received from a further seven. Officers and Committee members were elected and the 2018/19 officials may be seen on the Links and Contacts page. The Draft Minutes RBKA AGM 2018 are now available to view.

A key resolution, that was unanimously supported by the meeting,  was the adoption of bee disease insurance. Full details may be found on the BDI website. In summary all Registered members will be covered for loss of equipment and colonies due to destruction as a result of a notifiable disease infection. Three hives will be covered automatically in their membership [now £28.00/year], additional hives will have to be covered by additional premium payments to BDI. The scale of payments can be seen on the BDI website.

September 2018 – Latest on the Asian Hornet

Fresh news on the Asian Hornet is available on our Asian Hornet page. There have been sightings in Cornwall and Hull! Be prepared, check your knowledge and dust off your Nelson Hornet Traps!

Red hot update from reliable sources,  the sighting in Hull was apparently of a dead beastie…breath easy Yorkshire!

COLOSS Hive Survey

Letter from the National Co-ordinator…

RBKA has received the following letter from the National Co-ordinator of the COLOSS Hive Survey in England…

Dear Beekeeper.

In the last decade, elevated losses of western honey bee colonies have been observed, mainly in Europe and North America, but the underlying causes still remain unclear. In 2008, European and USA honey bee experts formed a network “COLOSS” realising that efforts by individual countries to identify the drivers of losses were unlikely to succeed, given the current consensus that causes are complex and can be different between regions and between the years. Now more than 1000 scientists are working together in this network in specific working groups.

The epidemiological working group have developed a standardised questionnaire to identify the underlying causal factors of losses and provide beekeepers sustainable management strategies.We now invite you to fill in the questionnaire for 2018 which you will find below. This will enable us to compare your answers with other beekeepers. With your data we can estimate the relative risk of colony losses for beekeeper decisions such as Varroa treatment, migration of colonies and comb replacement. We also aim to identify differences in relative mortality risk between regions. This will enable follow up research projects in specific regions.

At your option your personal details may be recorded however we undertake not to disclose them to any third party to protect your privacy.

Finally your help is much appreciated. Please can I ask you to promote this survey and the questionnaire link through this open letter to as many English bee keepers as you are able to do so. Feel free to share the link by email, word of mouth, newsletters or social media and to your local bee keeping organisations. In doing so you will be making a contribution to tackling the problem of colony losses and ensuring that English data is represented as an equal partner in the COLOSS European community.

The survey link :  COLOSS Hive Survey

Thanking you

Dr Anthony Williams

COLOSS Survey Coordinator for England

De Montfort University

A Member of Leicester and Rutland Beekeepers Association and Rugby Beekeepers Association

Email: anthony.williams@dmu.ac.uk

Tel: 0116 207 8468

AGM 2017

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of RBKA was held on 14 November 2017 and the draft minutes are available here Draft Minutes RBKA AGM 2017.

New Officers and Committee have been elected and their names appear at Links and Contacts. An amended Constitution has also been approved.


There has been a report of the Asian hornet in Devon. Full details can be found on the DEFRA website. More details about the pest may be found on the Asian Hornet page of our website

2017 RBKA Membership Survey

The results of the 2017 RBKA Membership Survey are in, and may be viewed as a PowerPoint File  [this file will download automatically and may then viewed in PowerPoint] or as a PDF File.

Rest assured your Committee will be using this information to improve the Association and services and support it offers members.

There is already a For Sale and Wanted page on this website! More good things will follow

Thank you to all those members who took the time to complete it

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