BBKA UPDATE – Bumblebees affected with Nosema ceranae

The BBKA has issued a response to the recent paper suggesting links with bumblebee diseases, see here for details.

The beleaguered bumblebee faces a new threat, scientists say.

Researchers have found that two diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees.

Insects infected with deformed wing virus and a fungal parasite called Nosema ceranae were found across England, Scotland and Wales.

Writing in the journal Nature, the team says that beekeepers should keep their honeybees as free from disease as possible to stop the spread.

“These pathogens are capable of infecting adult bumblebees and they seem to have quite significant impacts,” said Professor Mark Brown from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Around the world, bumblebees are doing badly.

In the last few decades, many species have suffered steep declines, and some, such Cullem’s bumblebee (Bombus cullumanus) in the UK, have gone extinct.

More here

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Suspicious Virus Makes Rare Cross-Kingdom Leap From Plants to Honeybees

An interesting article has appeared in Scientific American, that may be of interest to members.

“When HIV jumped from chimpanzees to humans sometime in the early 1900s, it crossed a gulf spanning several million years of evolution. But tobacco ringspot virus, scientists announced last week, has made a jump that defies credulity. It has crossed a yawning chasm ~1.6 billion years wide.

And this is likely bad news for its new host, the honeybee, matchmaker of crops and bringer of honey. These are two services for which humans are both eternally indebted, and, in the case of the former, possibly unable to live without. Bees pollinate the majority of our fruit and nut crops and many vegetables — some 90 all told — without which humanity would be nutritionally impoverished. Yet shortages are a possibility we are confronting, as bee populations in America have declined in recent years for reasons that seem to be both diverse and elusive. Colony collapse disorder, as whatever it is is called, was first reported in 2006 and has spread globally. Many viruses, parasites, and pesticides have been implicated, but no smoking gun has emerged.”

Full article can be found here.

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Hive Energy offers free Apiary sites for BBKA members

Hive Energy are still looking for Beekeepers to help improve their environmental credentials, so if you want a Fee Apiary site, see below.

Hive Energy is one of Britain’s leading solar farm developers. The company started in 2009 by building solar installations on commercial roof-tops across southern England, including the largest solar roof in the south west at Plymouth’s Airport Centre.

“Hive Energy is asking members of the British Beekeepers Association to build an apiary on each of our solar farms under development. We will provide a suitable 30m x 5m fenced and separately gated area with space for 10 hives and a shed for storage so that every Hive Energy solar farm will be a “s-honey” place for bees.”

For the full story see the BBKA website

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Bee themed accessories

Hello bee keepers,
I found this fun website recently and thought some of our members may appreciate these bee themed accessories, shirts, hats and other stuff to protect their phones and other electronics from the ravages of the apiary.

I especially like the T-shirt that says “Don’t come any closer or you will notice that I am actually just a giant swarm of extremely well organized bees” At least when someone asks you what you want for your birthday you can say either the shirt or the swarm ??

shirtFor those with an uncontrollable habit of collecting all things bee related, er…..sorry!


Bee themed accessories

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Winter feeding of honey bees

With the wet and windy weather here have a look at this simple guide to winter feeding from the Edinburgh beekeepers website it will help ensure your bees are well fed over the cold wet winter

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Bees and other pollinators: their value and health in England

The UK government report into bees and pollinators and their benefit to the environment, the UK government recognises the contribution that bees make. See the full report here.

Bees and pollinators review.

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The wet weather continues into 2014!!

The current spell of wet and windy weather continues into 2014, please double check your hives check your hives regularly and consider checking their feed levels if a suitable weather window arrives!

See the Met office weather forecast or download their “App” for your phone.

BBC Weather warnings

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Beginners introduction to beekeeping

Bill Pyle is running a Beekeepers introduction course that started on the 14th January, however if you are interested please get in touch via our contacts page. here

Contact Bill directly, and tell anyone who may be interested in starting out with our exciting and interesting pass time.

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Welcome to the Tavistock Beekeepers website

Welcome to the Tavistock Beekeepers website!

Hopefully you will find the new website informative and a useful source of information about Bee related activities in general.

We would like you all to get involved in providing things for the website, from pictures, and articles, to assisting newer members with advice about what their Bees might actually be up to in the dark recesses of their hives!

While the new website gets going please excuse the odd vacant space or strange web page, as I struggle to get the site looking as I want it to be!

I can be contacted on for any comments or suggestions, else “post” your comments on the website.

Thanks – Web – Bee

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