Category Archives: News

Asian Hornet Found in Somerset

Message from The National Bee Unit – 4 Oct 2016 There has been a confirmed finding of Asian hornet north of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. As with the first sighting, work to find, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, and includes: • setting up a three mile surveillance zone around the location […]

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Asian Hornet Nest Found

Bee Inspectors from the National Bee Unit (NBU) have found and destroyed an Asian Hornet nest in Gloucestershire. Since the first Asian Hornet was found and positively identified in Gloucestershire a couple of weeks ago, teams of bee inspectors from our National Bee Unit have been working tirelessly to trap other asian hornets and track them […]

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Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

Photograph of the Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

There has been a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK. The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet […]

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Heather Honey: a Comprehensive Guide

Heather Honey book

Michael Badger, MBE 384  pages. full colour Will be available from Bee Craft at the National Honey Show 27-29 October 2016, and to pre-order via the Bee Craft shop CONTENTS Acknowledgements 11 Foreword 15 Introduction …………………………………………………………….. 17 Section 1: Heather Moorland, its Ecology and Man the Beekeeper 17 A History of How the Heather Moorlands Came […]

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Bees’ Needs week (9 – 17 July)

PLANT MORE FLOWERS, CUT GRASS LESS AND BUILD A BEE HOTEL: THE SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR BEES Planting bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often are among five simple steps the public are being urged to take to help our precious pollinators thrive—as, despite public concern about bee populations, more than […]

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Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe

All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees is holding a debate in Westminster between the National Farmers Union and Friends of the Earth to launch its 2016 programme. The debate, entitled, ‘Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe’ will be held on Wednesday 27th April and will pitch the two […]

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Bee festival in Prague

If you have an interesting bee-related film to share, now is your chance to shine. Hurry! The deadline for entries is April 15. The MAJA International Bee Film Festival is organized by Czech beekeepers in Prague. It’s now time to send your bee film for inclusion in the festival. The deadline is April 15. Don’t […]

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Maisemore Competition Winner

Congratulations, Mark from Powys, and thank you to over 300 readers who entered our competition. Thank you, too, to Maisemore Apiaries for donating such a terrific prize. Didn’t win this time? You can purchase a poly hive from Maisemore Apiaries at the BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University, 8–9 April, or online at www.bees-online.co.uk

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National Beehive Count‏

The National Bee Unit are asking beekeepers to help record the number of overwintering colonies. This is also a good opportunity for you to make sure your BeeBase records are up to date. Letter from the National Bee Unit:  Dear Beekeeper We are writing to ask for your help in updating your records of the […]

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The Winners Have Been Announced!

Bee Craft Photographic Competition 2015 Once again, the standard of entries was high. Our readers continue to come up with stunning photographs, a good range of subject matter (all bees and beekeeping-related) and some amusing situations too. 12 winners have at last been chosen. The pictures will feature on the front cover of Bee Craft each […]

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