Alexandra Valentine, A University of Salford finaly year student has asked us to complete a short, anonymous survey for her zoology degree (supervised by Prof Stephen Martin). Shes looking into the distribution of beekeepers across the UK who are treating their bees for resistance against varroa mites compared to those who are not actively treating.
The survey is availble until mid Febuary:
We've been made aware that some of our emails to members are being diverted to "Junk" or "Spam" boxes.
In order to ensure you receive all the important communications from WNKLBA, please ensure you add "[email protected]" to your email contacts as we send all of our emails via a bulk mailing system. This should ensure the emails are marked as genuine by your email service provider.
The BBKA has updated its advise on Beekeeping during Covid-19, please review the link below.
The UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today launched the Healthy Bees Plan 2030, which replaces the earlier plan which ran from 2009-2020. The new plan aims to protect and improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales over the next ten years.
The plan sets out four key outcomes to help protect honey bees:-
1. Effective biosecurity and good standards of husbandry, to minimise pest and disease risks and so improve the sustainability of honey bee populations.
2. Enhanced skills and production capability/capacity of beekeepers and bee farmers.
3. Sound science and evidence underpinning the actions taken to support bee health.
4. Increased opportunities for knowledge exchange and partnership working on honey bee health and wider pollinator needs.
The plan intends that beekeepers, beekeeping associations and government will work together to help protect honey bees, which continue to face pressure from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats including the invasive non-native Asian hornet. Implementation of the plan will be carried out in consultation with stakeholders and the public.