Government Publish New Implementation Plan

“A new implementation plan has been published which sets out how Defra and the Welsh Government will work together with stakeholders to deliver the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.  More than fifty actions have been developed in partnership with industry and stakeholders for beekeepers, bee farmers, bee associations and government to work on together, to protect honey bees from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats over the next 10 years.”

There are many references to local association and the BBKA that officers of the LBKA should be aware of.  There will be training opportunities and may be funding available.

https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm?id=1454

The Honey Show Results.

On the 4th September we held the Extraordinary LBKA County Honey show at Thornes at Wragby.

The results and a few photos are available on our events page.

If you have a swarm of honey bees please visit this site for more information and to find your nearest swarm collector.

http://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php

The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2021

The BBKA published the following on their Facebook page on the 11th April 2021.

The reporting of varroa in your hives will come in on April 21st – you report for each apiary you have and we think it will be via Beebase but we will get back to you on this. Not too onerous because you look for it on every inspection #bees https://legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/420/made

Defra Survey about training for beekeepers and bee farmers

It is not often that government ask us directly what we want.  The Defra Survey is one of these occasions.  The questionnaire only take about 10 mins.

Defra Survey about training for beekeepers and bee farmers

SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

You may be aware that there is an intention to circumvent the restrictions on the movement of bees from the EU and in particular Italy, by moving the bees via Northern Ireland into the UK.
Some of the Italian bees are known to be infested with the Small Hive Beetle (SHB). If this is imported into the United Kingdom the risk to our bee population would be catastrophic and it would be almost impossible to eradicate it from our shores.

Within two years of its discovery in America, at least 20,000 colonies were destroyed, costing millions of dollars to the economy. A similar impact on beekeeping in this country would be devastating.

It would appear that the intention is to import the bees into Northern Ireland, hive the bees there and allow them to fly freely, then package them to come into the UK mainland. The risk of spread due to this action would be horrendous both in Northern Ireland and here on the mainland.

There is a petition from the BBKA, arranged by Anne Rowberry Chair, currently on the internet to ask for support requesting the Government to prevent this import. Please support this petition but also raise awareness, by whatever means you can, to help persuade the Government to prevent the import of bees from Italy, through the Northern Ireland route.

Here is the link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/577603

Membership fees will remain the same in 2021.

There will be no increase in membership fees for 2021, (unless your district fee changes).  A breakdown of where you money goes is show on our membership breakdown page.  

Defra launches the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to help protect honey bees

 

The Government have launched a ten year plan to protect and improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales.  Nice to see something else coming out of Westminster.

Full details here with links to the actual plan.

Advise on Tending Hives during Covid-19 – From Government – Updated 22nd October 2020

 

“the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance. The update includes separate links to the current Public Health Guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.

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Lincolnshire Beekeepers Associations wins TWO trophies at the County Show.  

The Gamekeeper Cup for best stand in the Countryside Area and also The Witham Group Cup for runner up best stand in the showground (over 600 stands).  A new report available with photos