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Improving Honey Bee Health – Public Consultation

(From The National Bee Unit)

Improving Honey Bee Health – Proposed changes to managing and controlling pests and diseases

DEFRA has launched a public consultation on bee health following a review of its current policies on managing honey bee pests and diseases.

The review was undertaken by the Food and Environment Research Agency, on behalf […]

Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt joins bid to save country’s bees

Spotted by Richard Ellis…

Working party – New photos in the gallery

The working party was a great success!

The weather was kind, and we build a number of stands, as well as some general tidying up.

Solarsense are doing some work in the field, then there will be another working party to build more hive stands, and get the shed in.

Check out the photo gallery […]

Purdue University, Genes and Varroa

Our Treasurer, Richard Ellis has a relative at Purdue University, Indiana, USA – they are doing some really interesting work – here’s the scoop…

Purdue Varroa

New photos in the gallery

Six new snaps of the new club apiary at Solarsense, Brockley have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Check them out, and come and help with the working party on Saturday 26th January.



Brockley Apiary update

We have reached an agreement with Solarsense UK Ltd (for more information about them visit to use a section of their site at Brockley Lane as a club apiary. I have done some initial clearance of the site and marked out spaces for hive stands. We are going to lay paving slabs as bases […]

Woodworking with Philip Clemente & Stephen Brain

As mentioned at the AGM, Stephen Brain and myself are planning to hold a woodworking session again (planned for 2014). This proved most successful in the past, and everyone was pleased with what they had made. We can make the same items again i.e. nuc hives, feeders, dummy boards etc; but this time I would […]

A request from the Apiary Manager David Capon

Dear All

As the new beekeeping season approaches I am looking for help in two areas:

Firstly to act as a mentor to a new beekeeper; I know that several of you have done this in the past, and if you are willing to do so again this year I would be grateful if you […]

Varroa found in England!

Wendy Welham, our chair, found the April 1992 edition of BBKA news whilst having a sort out recently!


Examinations deadline approaching fast

The BBKA written examinations will be held on Saturday 23 March 2013. Please note the closing dates for applications is 10 February 2013.

Blagdon, Clevedon and District members wishing to take any of the BBKA examinations or assessments please contact the Education Officer, Rob Francis, via the “Contact Us” page.