The BBKAs Febuary letter from the president, covering the BBKA's repsonse to neonicotinoids and bee queen imports, can be found in the memebers area here:
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The UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today launched the Healthy Bees Plan 2030, which replaces the earlier plan which ran from 2009-2020. The new plan aims to protect and improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales over the next ten years.
The plan sets out four key outcomes to help protect honey bees:-
1. Effective biosecurity and good standards of husbandry, to minimise pest and disease risks and so improve the sustainability of honey bee populations.
2. Enhanced skills and production capability/capacity of beekeepers and bee farmers.
3. Sound science and evidence underpinning the actions taken to support bee health.
4. Increased opportunities for knowledge exchange and partnership working on honey bee health and wider pollinator needs.
The plan intends that beekeepers, beekeeping associations and government will work together to help protect honey bees, which continue to face pressure from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats including the invasive non-native Asian hornet. Implementation of the plan will be carried out in consultation with stakeholders and the public.
Upcoming Public Webinars
During the lockdown the BBKA, BIBBA, Bees Abroad, and other organisations are holding online, free webinars. A selection of these can be found below: