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  • Sunday, September 27, 2020 14:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A "nationally scarce" species of bee has been found in Newport for the first time, conservationists say. 

    Buglife Cymru said it discovered a "strong population" of small scabious mining bees at St Julian's Park local nature reserve last week.

    Read the Full Story on The BBC website Here

  • Thursday, September 03, 2020 22:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From The BBC

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    Australian scientists say the venom from honeybees has been found to destroy aggressive breast cancer cells in a lab setting.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weekend of 22 & 23 August saw the Bee Academy in full use when eleven NBA members attended the two day 'Healthy Bees' course - Intermediate Handling Skills. The weekend was spent between the Bee Academy and the Apiary where course participants were able undertake practical activities with live bees.

    The course tutors were Ann Chilcott, Scottish Expert Beemaster and Tony Harris, Scottish Expert Beemaster, NDB.


    11 members took up all available space in the Bee Academy

     NBA member course participants with tutors Ann Chilcott (front, pink jacket) and Tony Harris (rear, orange shirt)

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 09:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Sunday, August 09, 2020 12:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    People enhancing their gardens during lockdown may not realise some plants have insecticides.

  • Friday, July 31, 2020 16:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We did it!

    What a journey! Our goal with the World Bee Count was to engage people and grow awareness around pollinators worldwide. We wanted to build something that would allow us to collaborate during this challenging 2020. A few months later, together, we have counted more than 20,000 bees across 65 countries!

    Thanks for making the World Bee Count 2020 such a fantastic success! We are overwhelmed by the great support we have received. Thank you!

    Highlighted in blue, you can see all the countries that submitted images during the World Bee Count 2020.

    The World Bee Count 2020 is now coming to an end, and we are proud to present a few highlights. Have a last look at our Global Pollinator Map launched on World Bee Day during the FAO World Bee Day Event on 20 May. You can find the recording here in case you missed it.

    As the data collection period is wrapping up, we are looking forward to making the data available to researchers around the world. We are already excited to know about the results researchers and scientists can derive from this dataset to provide us all with information on the diversity and abundance of pollinators across so many places in the world.

    Finally, we extend a big thank you to our supporters and partners.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 15:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    New hay meadow habitats are being created in a bid to improve shrill carder bee numbers in Somerset.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 19:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weekend of 25 & 26 July saw the Bee Academy hosting a Healthy BEES Project training course. Course tutors Tony Harris and Ann Chilcott delivered a two day course to eleven course participants with classroom sessions in the Bee academy and practical work being undertaken in the Newbattle teaching apiary.

    Tony Harris addresses course participants on day two of the Advanced handling Skills Course at the Bee Academy  

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 14:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2020 Beginner Beekeeper course is about to launch with eleven participants set to attend their induction session on 2 August. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the 2019 cohort who were meant to sit their examination in June were not able to do do. The Scottish Beekeepers Association  decided that no practical examinations would be held this year which was a great disappointment to both participants and mentors alike. They will not be able to take the examination until June of next year. A good number of them including Bill Caldwell were keen to have their own bees and had made arrangements to get their first colony. The apiary site was ready and the new hive painted awaiting the arrival of the colony.

                                                                                               The hive ready and waiting at the bottom of the garden

    A more colourful residence you could not want

    Bill took delivery of his bees last week and will continue to be supported by his mentor Paul Whyte under the expert guidance of the NBA apiary manager Lorraine Aitken.

    What has Bill got to say about his experience over the past year?

    "I tried to get into the Basic Beekeeping Course in 2019 but missed the cut and had to make do with a very early application for 2020 which thankfully was accepted! I feel excited and nervous at the same time now that i have finally gotten my bees home. Its been an odd experience going back into learning after 40 odd years of work, further complicated by the coronavirus outbreak but the mentoring assistance from Paul and Lorraine has given me the confidence to go ahead without the final few months of hands on experience and although it’s disappointing not to be able to take the exam, the support from the mentors and others in the association will help with the early nerves and I’m sure get me through the exam(when it eventually happens!)" 

    Paul had this to say

    “I completed my basic bee master exam in 2019, after completion the thought of mentoring did not occur to me immediately but after discussion with fellow members at a monthly meeting I decided to give it a go, with Lorraine as backup mentor, this support provided a much needed reassurance.

    Mentoring Bill with the practical aspects last year was very satisfying, observing how his knowledge grows from each inspection to the next. The outbreak of the COVID 19 brought unique challenges in terms of mentoring, Lorraine and I made videos and sent them to Bill, and if he had any questions he would get in touch.

    COVID 19 aside mentoring students and passing on the art that is beekeeping is a very rewarding and satisfying responsibility. I’m addition to this I feel it helps consolidate and build on existing knowledge. I would encourage any member thinking about mentoring to give it a go.”

    And finally Lorraine

    "As a mentor It is extremely satisfying to see foster parents develop into competent and confident mentors in their own right.  When a foster parent goes on to get their own colony of bees you know you have been effective in passing on the bee bug!  Bill’s hive also makes me think I need to revise my apiary colour scheme"

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