The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) works to promote honey bees and beekeeping and to provide a range of services to its members.
  1. An afternoon looking and learning about bees.

    For anyone simply interested in bees.

    The cost is £15.00 to include refreshments.

    Booking is essential.

    For more information contact: E-mail: or Telephone: 01483 275949

  2. This is a full week-long residential event within the Findhorn Foundation Community to consider many aspects of beekeeping.

    These include the history, symbolism, sacredness and importance of the humble honeybee. We will use yoga, drama, dance, art and craft and practical activities such as hive building,candle making and hive management to explore this fascinating subject.

    Our tutors, Laura Ferguson and Corwin Bell are both experienced beekeepers and teachers from the USA.

    Cost: £810.00

    For more information contact: E-mail: or Telephone 01309 691653

  3. This is followed by two days of mixed team competitions.

    Competitors are coming from countries as far away as India, Nigeria and Russia.

    They will take part in a series of tasks which will include suiting up in protective gear and handling live bees.

    This is the first time, since the competition started 8 years ago, that it has been held in the United Kingdom.

    The England team is hosting the event and very much looking forward to meeting competitors from so many different countries and hoping that nothing gets lost in translation!

    Notes to Editor


    The competition is closed for health and safety reasons to the press but crews can attend the opening ceremony on the 6th.


    There are 76 local associations in the BBKA representing 25,000 members


    For further information and interviews:


    Please contact: Diane Roberts BBKA press officer


  4. The islands’ chief entomologist, John Pinel told the Jersey Evening Post that the first hornet was likely to have arrived in Jersey last year after flying over from France.

    As only fertilised Queens survive the winter in hibernation, both the trapped hornets are likely to be Queens looking for supplies to begin setting up a new nest. More traps are now being set up on the island.

    We have just had confirmation that the Asian Hornet found at the warehouse distribution centre in the midbelt of Scotland was also alive when found.

    It’s clear that beekeepers must remain vigilant and put up traps especially in the areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset where Asian Hornets were found last year.

    The free UK government smartphone app Asian Hornet Watch records a GPS location for any reported sighting and makes sure that the relevant bee inspectors are informed.

    The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is asking all beekeepers to report any findings not just on the official app but also to tell their local associations so they can be properly prepared.

    The Asian hornet is darker in appearance than their European counterparts and poses a serious threat to the honeybee population. -endsNotes to Editor There are 76 local associations in the BBKA representing 25,000 members

    For further information and interviews: Please contact: Diane Roberts BBKA press officer 07841-625797

  5. Our team of experienced beekeepers will provide participants with a great taste of what is involved in keeping your own bees with a series of talks and demonstrations at our training apiary near Dorking.

    You will also have an opportunity to open up a hive and handle the bees.

    Attendance fee is £50 (£25 for under 18s) - children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Full details on our website -

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