Statutory requirement to report Varroa from 21st April 2021
April 2021 – Reporting Varroa
From The National Bee Unit
On 21st April, 2021 an amendment to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2021 comes into force requiring beekeepers and/or officials to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. Reporting will be for each apiary site. This amendment will allow England and Wales to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union. Similar arrangements are being made in Scotland.
To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will allow beekeepers and inspectors to report the presence or absence of Varroa. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa. We are currently working on an alternative mechanism for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system and aim to share this before 21st April.
No action will be required until after 21st April.
Shock, horror – Honey without Bees!
“When you look at honey and how it’s made, it starts with bees collecting pollen and nectar from the flowers and then converting that into the building blocks of honey, which are fructose and glucose,” he says.
“We are simulating that in the lab, using micro-organisms which do the work of building the initial blocks of honey.”
Neonics will not be used on sugar beet in 2021
Wednesday 3 March
A forecast from the Rothamstead Research Group says virus yellows in the sugarbeet crop will be very low this year and neonic seed treatment will NOT be used with first flights of aphids likely to be six weeks later than last year.
The BBKA is pleased to hear this but will campaign against use of the neonics in years 2022 and 2023 which is allowed under the licence granted by Defra.
The British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) says the weather was the reason. “With February temperatures fluctuating from very cold to unseasonably warm conditions, especially during the last three weeks of the month, this has meant the independent virus yellows forecast has been uncertain with regards to the 9% trigger threshold for the use of Cruiser SB on seed. The 1st of March forecast predicts that 8.37 % of the national sugar beet area will be affected by virus yellows by the end of August 2021.”
For more information see: https://www.bbka.org.uk/News/neonics-will-not-be-used-on-sugar-beet-in-2021
AGM 17th March – Revised start time of 1930hrs
Please note that the start time of the AGM on 17th March is now 1930hrs and not 1900hrs as originally advertised.
Latest OBKA Winter Talk videos
We have added two new video to the Members area – the Bees Abroad talk by Nicola Bradbear from 22 January 2021 and the talk on Queen Rearing by Ged Marshall on 12th February 2021.
Short training video – Oxalic Acid treatments
We have added a short video by Andy Pedley to our video collection in the members area.
The video is on how to treat bees for varroa destructor using Oxalic acid, primarily by the trickle method.
If you’ve not treated you bees using Oxalic acid Andy’s video takes you through all the key steps.
OBKA Winter talk – The Magic of the Hive
Andy Pedley’s talk, given on 20th November 2020, is now available in the Members Area.
OBKA Honey Show 2020 – video of George McGavin’s talk
The recording of George McGavins talk, on The BioSur Foundation in Costa Rica, is now available in the Members Area.
Video of OBKA Honey Show Awards now available!
We now have the ability to host videos on this website.
Our first video is of the Honey Show 2020 Awards ceremony. This was of course held virtually and the video is a recording of the Zoom session.
It can be found on the home page of the Members Area. Enjoy!
And more videos are on the way.
OBKA Honey Show Results 2020
The results of the 2020 Honey Show, that were awarded tonight, 08 November 2020, are available in the Members Area.
For a bit more information and some lovely photos see the OBKA Honey Show 2020 page.
Report on our first Winter Talk ‘Queen Substance’
If you missed our first Winter Talk there is a report in the Members Area by our Secretary, Richard Stansfield.
Don’t miss the next next session, details are in the Events calendar.
OBKA Sponsors National Honey Show 2020
Well, to be precise, we sponsored a beeswax wrap demo:
Latest Covid-19 Update from National Bee Unit
If you have registered your bees on BeeBase you will have received their email with the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance.
If not then
(a) Why not – register your bees immediately on beebase, and
(b) Here is their guidance, as a downloadable .PDF : COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_GB_Update_October_2020.pdf
OBKA Beekeeper training under Covid-19 restrictions
We are pleased to announce that we have been able to carry out some training for new beekeepers at our Training Apiary at Marlborough School.
In line with Covid-19 guidance we are limiting the number of people at the Training Apiary to 6 people – 4 students and 2 tutors. We also require students and tutors to wear facemasks when working closely around a hive.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
European Foulbrood incidents in West Oxfordshire
We have become aware of a number of incidents of European foulbrood in West Oxfordshire, centred on Burford. The latest information from BeeBase may be found here:
We suggest you pay particular attention to monitoring for EFB at your next inspection and review your hygiene protocols to ensure you don’t make the problem worse.
If you have any concerns about the health of one of you colonies please contact our seasonal bee inspector, Mark Lynch.