Beekeeping in the United Kingdom
In the winter of 2008, about 20% of the UK's bees died. The losses were highest in the north of England and lowest in the east. These winter losses have been increasing in recent years as some of the treatments to combat Varroa lose their efficacy.
The Bees Act 1980 is an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that seeks to stop the damage caused by diseases, chemicals (such as Imidacloprid and pests that damage the wellbeing of bees). It repealed the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1941. The act has never been put into force, and currently does not extend to Northern Ireland.
The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) (established 1874) represents amateur beekeepers in England. There are many local associations, within the county associations, which are within the BBKA. The association is a registered charity. It is based at the National Agricultural Centre in the National Beekeeping Centre, where it has been since July 2000, although it has been at Stoneleigh since 1982. Previous to 1943 it was based on Bedford Street in London. From these premises, the Beekeepers' Record and British Beekeepers' Journal were published.
The Ulster Beekeepers Association (UBKA) represents the interests of amateur beekeepers in Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBKA) is the national voluntary body in Scotland representing beekeeping and beekeepers nationally and internationally.
The Welsh Beekeepers Association (WBKA) represents the interests of Welsh amateur beekeepers.
The Bee Farmers' Association of the UK (BFA) represents the commercial beekeepers of the UK.
The Confederation of National Beekeepers Associations (CONBA) represents the above associations in Europe.
It was originally intended as an appropriate qualification for County Beekeeping Instructors and Lecturers, of which there were some forty full- and part-time appointments across the United Kingdom at that time. The prime movers in this development were Fred Richards, the C.B.I. for Norfolk and H.M.I. Franklin, whose brief included rural education. Although the County Lecturers have disappeared from the beekeeping scene since the privatisation of the agricultural colleges, there are still beekeepers wishing to pursue their studies to an advanced level. The NDB offers them the opportunity to undertake such study.
- British Beekeepers' Association
- Ulster Beekeepers Association
- Scottish Beekeepers Association
- Mid Ulster Beekeepers Association
- National Bee Unit
- Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd
- National Diploma in Beekeeping Examination Board
- Bees' death in August 2009
- Research in April 2009
- Politics Show South East in May 2008
- Beehive inspections in August 2005