Letter from David Aston
There continues to be substantial media coverage of honey bees and other pollinators which is to be welcomed. A number of campaigns have been launched recently, designed to 'help' bees. There is a risk that these campaigns may confuse the issue.
Statement re EFSA Report
On 16 January 2013 EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) published three reports, the preparation of which had been requested by the European Commission to assess risks associated with the use of the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. The assessments concentrated on the use of these insecticides as a seed treatment or as granules with particular regard to their acute and chronic effects on bee colony survival and development; their effect on bee behaviour and the risk posed by sub-lethal doses.
NBU South East Region 2012 Season
The season began in earnest this year on 26th March. As usual, all of the bee inspectors gathered at the Food and Environment Agency (FERA) at Sand Hutton, York for our Technical Training Seminar. Always a good start to the season, the seminar is 3 days of intensive training for Bee Inspectors, revising our practices etc. ready for the new season ahead. Of course, prior to that, I was busy with lectures to various Associations throughout the SE region.
South-East Honey Survey 2012
As always, I will start my report by thanking all the beekeepers who have taken the time to respond to my request for honey crop and price statistics. This year I’ve had an absolutely fabulous response with 470 replies.
Report on Bees and Neonicotinoids
Major report on bees and Neonicotinoids from the directorate general of the European parliament.
BBKA Autumn Review
It has been a busy autumn here at the BBKA and although you may not see exactly what is going on, this is my opportunity to advise you of the some of the work that has been and is being undertaken.
Meeting of the Parliamentary HOC Environmental Audit Committee on the subject of neonicotinoids.
The BBKA (British Beekeepers' Association) also renews its call on the competent EU authority to review the regulatory requirements for products in this class of neonicotinoid pesticides order to detect possible sub-lethal effects, which may not be identified by current testing regimes.
Insect Pollinators Initiative March 2012 Newsletter
Download the Fera Bee Disease Insect Pollinators Initiative March 2012 Newsletter.
BeeBase is a FREE online service provided by the National Bee Unit (NBU) to help protect you and your fellow beekeepers from colony threatening pests and diseases.
Asian Hornet Trap Factsheet
A factsheet giving information about a simple Hornet trap that can be used to catch Asian Hornet queens in spring. Read more...
NBU SE Region Annual 2011 Report
National Bee Unit – South East Region newsletter - review of the 2011 season.
South East Region Honey Survey for 2011
South East Region Honey Survey for 2011 provided by Alan Byham, SE Regional Bee Inspector. National Bee Unit, The Food and Environment Research Agency.
Peter Springall 1924 – 2011
Peter died 8th Sept 2011 after suffering a stroke, he was 87 and had been a beekeeper for over 60 years. Many of you will remember Peter as the Show Supervisor of the National Honey Show.
South East Honey Survey 2011
As per usual at this time of year, I am asking for information on honey yields and prices in the South East region.