Asian Hornet identified in Fowey, Cornwall 04 Sep

Government announce the National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall.

See Here for full details.

Be vigilant!

59th BBKA ADM – Your input requested!

The Annual Delegate Meeting is held in January each year. Each Area Association Member (AAM) is invited to send a delegate to receive a report from the Executive Committee for the previous financial year, to elect Trustees, Members of the Exam Board and to vote on propositions setting the policy of the BBKA.


Peter Chaunt is the OBKA rep at the 2019 ADM on 12 January 2019.   If any member of our Association has a burning issue they would like discussed at the above event, would they please send him a draft proposition (max 250 words) by Friday 28th September. This can then be discussed at our OBKA Committee meeting on 1st October, and if supported will be put forward to the BBKA by the 19th October deadline. If a proposal involves a financial outlay, an estimate of the cost must be included in the proposal.

PoshBee – Participate in a BBKA / EU Bee project

BBKA are very fortunate in being part of a brand new, exciting project, involving many European countries and funded by the EU. The project, named PoshBee, is designed to determine the exposure of bees to a range of chemicals and assess the levels of pests and diseases and nutritional status, and the impacts these may have on the health of honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees in a field realistic way rather than in laboratory studies. Prof. Simon Potts (Reading University) and Prof. Mark Brown (Royal Holloway College) have been the guiding lights in getting this application drawn up and finally approved.


This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for some of our members to take part in real scientific experiments and initially we are looking for volunteers in Kent and in Berkshire or Oxfordshire who would be interested in taking part next year.


For further information including how to take part please see this leaflet:  PoshBee introduction call for volunteers

Beekeepers fear Asian hornet fight is being lost

Beekeepers in Jersey are becoming concerned that they are losing the fight against the Asian Hornet; some 7 hives have been lost in the last week to them.

For more information please see this article from the Jersey Evening Post,

Can you help with the Training Apiary Bee Garden?

The Bee Garden adjacent to the Teaching Apiary needs your help. A small group of volunteers meet every other Sunday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 weather permitting. Our group has for one reason or another dwindled over this summer and we are looking for members to bridge the gap. Summer holidays, ageing relatives and a future replacement hip are all factors which have impacted on our time. Over the last few years we have made quite a difference to the garden and this summer we have seen many honeybees, bumbles and butterflies on the shrubs.


If you can spend an hour or so please join us on Sunday 12 August at 10.30 and bring along your favourite gardening tools. If you want more information you can contact Merilyn Rees on 01865 764295.

Help a business with their apiary?

An organisation based in Didcot wants to keep bees on their property and has asked OBKA if there is anyone who might be able to help them. For more information contact the OBKA Chair, Phil Sharman.

BBC Book of the Week – Buzz – all about bees!

This week the BBC’s Book of the Week is BUZZ: THE NATURE AND NECESSITY OF BEES by Dr Thor Hanson. The first episode was today and was fascinating, about how bees came about (from wasps, he speculates).


The BBC’s web page for Buzz is 


And more details of the book can be found on Dr Hanson’s website


Honey Bee Farm visit postponed

In case you have not seen the Events (calendar) entry the visit to Viktor and Lucy’s honey bee farm planned for 19th May has been postponed. Please keep an eye on the website for the revised date.

Education Questionnaire – please return by 29 April

Members of the OBKA would have received an Education Questionnaire with the April Newsletter (it was a separate document).

Mark Blanchette would like to remind members that he would like the completed questionnaires returned by 29th April (extended by 1 week fro the original date); his email and postal addresses are on the (original) questionnaire.


Copies of the questionnaire are below:


OBKA – Education Questionnaire 2018 Rev1.docx


OBKA – Education Questionnaire 2018 Rev1.pdf

Woodstock Apiary Spring Clean

Members are reminded that the Apiary Spring Clean is Saturday 28th April – see the Events page for more details!