There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one european honey bee (apis mellifera).
Please see below to identify what type of bee you have and who to approach for help and information. Our members are volunteers who can only help with honey bees.
If you feel you need to have the bees destroyed please contact a local pest controller. Bees are endangered but they are not protected.
STEP 1: How do I know it's a honey bee?
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Our beekeepers are only able to help in cases of honey bee swarms.
STEP 2: Identifying honey bees
If the insects are not honey bees, this part of the website shows you how to recognise other insects and gives some advice on what to do.
Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in th...
I’ve just returned home from a lovely long woodland walk. I walk as often as I can and almost always take my camera with me. I can pretty much guarantee - from March through till mid September, and sometimes beyond - that when I walk in the woods the understory, edges and clearings will be ‘abuzz’ with numerous bee species as they enjoy the foraging and nesting opportunities afforded by this wonderful diverse habitat.
I'm absolutely fascinated by bees; from the different frequencies at which they buzz, their purpose in life and the challenges I face trying to identify them – to their life cycles, behavioural traits and the myriad relationships they have built up over the millennia with flowering plants. I cannot imagine what the world would be like without bees. In fact a world without bees is, quite simply, unimaginable.
Bees as Pollinators
The unique relationship between pollinators and flowering plants has been evolving for over 100 million yea...
27 April 2018
EU member states have voted by qualified majority to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops.
The vote follows a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which found that the pesticides posed a threat to many species of bees, no matter where or how they were used in the outdoor environment.
Martin Smith, Director of Communications for the BBKA said: "We support this ban but we must be alert to what farmers will use instead on their outdoor crops.
"The position of the British Beekeepers Association has long been to support the banning of these long lasting systemic pesticides, unless their use can be shown not to harm both honey and other bees as well as the environment."
"The European Food Safety Authority sponsored research into their effects and this was published last year. As a result, the UK government changed its stance from opposing the ban to supporting it, based on the sound scientific evidence that eme...
There are around 20,000 identified species of bees but Apis Mellifera, honeybees, are the only managed insects in the world, unique in providing honey for human consumption. The health of honeybees is often taken as an indicator of the state of our natural world.
It is part of a natural pattern that some colonies of bees won’t survive through the winter, but this year does seem to have been especially bad, in some cases, with up to half of all colonies being lost.
Photo by Iolo Penri
The weather, of course, plays a huge part in this, and signs are that it was the cold spring and summer last year, rather than the cold winter most recently, which might be to blame for poor over-winter survival rates across bee colonies. If it is an especially wet and windy spring, the queen bee may not be fertilised properly, so by the time spring comes the following year she is unable to lay eggs to bring new life to the hive and the colony dwindles out.
Plant or protect
This makes it...
Congratulations to Ted who was recognised not only for his beekeeping but also for his voluntary work.
In Aprll last year, Ted and son Mark Gradosielski took the above shot at Everest Base Camp – on a Rotary Club trip to help redecorate an orphanage in Kathmandu and trek to base camp with 9 school kids from Hoddesdon.
He became President of the Rotary Club in Hoddesdon in 2016.
At the end of 2017, Ted was made a Liveryman in the City of London joining the Wax Chandlers who have always had a close relationship with the British Beekeepers Association.
Ted says he has concentrated on rearing gentle Queens whose workers will not sting beginner beekeepers.
The letter informing him of his award came on 3rd May from the Cabinet Office. Ted said:
"I am absolutely delighted and totally surprised! Never had a clue that a group of people thought me worthy of such an honour.
"My most sincere thank you goes to all those that submitted answers to the ques...
2017 Speakers List
Dr Stuart Andrews
Kent Talks: The work of Bees Abroad, personal experiences gained in Uganda.
Fees: Donation to Bees Abroad.
Travel: Any distance or location considered.
Travel and hospitality arrangement: Overnight accommodation where appropriate; reasonable travel expenses.
Dr Fred Ayres
Talks: Alternative approaches to beekeeping.
Fees: By arrangement.
Travel: Any distance will be considered. Travel and hospitality arrangement: By arrangement.
Location: Bedale, North Yorkshire.
Talks: Thermoregulation of the honeybee. Flying with bees (contrast between bees and ai...
Help fund our flagship Apiary
As part of our vision we are planning to redevelop our Apiary to become a cutting edge learning centre for local schoolchildren and community groups.
We are now hiring an apiary manager and have commissioned a feasibility study that will help us to understand 'HOW' we might work with schools, youth groups and organisations and 'WHAT' we need to do to deliver a service to them. The outcomes of this study will form the basis for a Capital Appeal which will be launched in 2018. To find out more about how you could get involved then please click here.
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