• Welcome to the Yalding & District Beekeepers

  • Interested in the facinating world of Bees ?

  • Wondered what these boxes are in the countryside ?

  • Or have you found a swarm?

  • Then, why not contact us?

Membership

Membership to Yalding and District Beekeeping Club has many advantages, read more here.

Meetings

The branch meets each month, throughout the year. Click here to find out more.

Help

Have you found a swarm and you need help?

UPCOMING EVENT

19 Aug 2019

From the bucket to the jar

Members only | £1

ME18 6JS, Yalding Village Hall


Latest News

Honey Bees Make Honey ... and Bread?

16 May 2019 | 8:25 am

Great article on honey bees and pollen

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Tunbridge Wells insecticide pollution traced to sewage plant

30 Jan 2019 | 7:31 pm

Most beekeepers are well aware of the threat pesticides pose for pollinators but here is a local story of pesticide pollution from a source that certainly surprised me.

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Reported Turkish bee has been identified as a UK native leafcutter bee

Posted on 5 August 2019 | 11:34 am

DNA barcoding analysis of a suspect sample of Osmia spp. from Turkey has confirmed it to be a native UK species of leafcutter bee, Megachile centuncularis.

The UK has a diverse variety of native bees and we encourage members of the public to seek identification of bee species through the many groups and societies with a particular interest in entomology such as; The ‘BWARS’ (Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society) Facebook page, https://www.royensoc.co.uk/identifying-insects or https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature.html. Sightings may be recorded with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/enter-casual-record.

We encourage the reporting of non-native species identified by interest groups or members of the public. Guidance on where to report this information can be found on the GB Non-native Species Secretariat (GB NNSS) website (www.nonnativespecies.org/recording). The Government will then take action in accordance with the GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy to minimise the risks they pose to our flora and fauna. We encourage everyone who travels abroad to check luggage especially if it has been kept outside during their trip. If you do spot a stowaway upon your return to the UK you should report it with the dates and places you went on holiday, and ideally a photo of the insect via the GB NNSS website.

Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire

Posted on 3 July 2019 | 11:34 am

The National Bee Unit has today (Wednesday 3 July 2019) confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire, after it was reported by a member of the public. Based upon visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen.

Further information can be found here.

Reoccurrence of Small Hive Beetle in Sicily

Posted on 1 July 2019 | 11:34 am

The Italian authorities have notified the Commission of the reoccurrence of Small Hive Beetle in Sicily in the Siracusa area. The EU will be discussing changes to the safeguard measure at the next SCOPAFF on 8/9 July.

BBKA Membership new (British)

Posted on 18 August 2019 | 10:07 am

TO BECOME A MEMBER, PLEASE CLICK `DONATE` TO THE RIGHT.

ADM 2020 - Saturday 11th January 2020 at Myton School, Warwick, CV34 6PJ commencing 10.30am

Posted on 15 August 2019 | 9:11 am

Notification Documents for 2020 ADM uploaded 14th August 2019 Notification letter  from Stephen Barnes, Chair of Standing Orders & Governance Committee Guidelines for completing Nominations & Propositions Trustee Nomination Form Examination Board Member Nomination Form Proposition Form What does being a Trustee of the BBKA involve? Delegate Nomination Form Delegate Expenses Claim Form Application Form for Area Association Membership of the  BBKA Guidance Notes for Area Association Membership of the BBKA The original of Proposition and Nomination forms must be signed in ink and posted to the BBKA office.  Draft Minutes of the 2019 ADM - download file x

Research - news and updates

Posted on 13 August 2019 | 8:06 am

9th August 2019 Interim report from 'Creation of a Pollinator-Plant Interaction Database' project by Nicholas Balfour, Maria Clara Castellanos and Dave Goulson at Sussex University, which BBKA gave funding to in December 2018. Creation of a Pollinator-Plant Interaction Database 13th June 2019 In July 2018 CEH launched the National Honey Monitoring Scheme (NHMS) which aims to work with both amateur and professional beekeepers across the UK to measure long term changes in the pollen content of honey. By plant DNA barcoding the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are able to provide detailed analysis of the floral resources used by bees during honey production. It is anticipated that these data over extended time frames could provide a better understanding of the factors that impact honeybee populations. Here is the presentation first given at the BBKA 2019 convention, showing the first results generated from the NHMS; focussing on species richness both regionally and nation...