We have postponed our talks, training and events for the next few months in view of the current epidemic. As the season progresses, we will be pursuing our own individual beekeeping activities, whilst following the current Government advice on social distancing. We should also be able to provide a swarm collection service, again subject to social distancing guidelines plus the usual safety precautions. We ask all our beekeepers to be particularly mindful of the need to prevent swarms at the present time.
ABKA Honey Show
Each year, we stage a Honey Show to celebrate the beekeeping efforts of ABKA members. As well as honey, our members show items made from beeswax, bee-related arts and crafts and food and drink items showcasing honey as a key ingredient!
Our next Honey Show will be at Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley on 26 October 2020. The show will be open to the public in the afternoon when you will also have the opportunity to purchase our locally-produced honey.
Asian Hornet alert
Vespa velutina, the yellow legged hornet (known as the Asian hornet) is native to Asia and was confirmed for the first time in France in 2004, where it was believed to have arrived from China in a consignment of pottery. This aggressive species quickly established itself and across France. Unlike our native hornet, the Asian hornet preys on honeybees and is considered a threat to our natural ecology.
This invasive species is smaller than the native hornet, with characteristally yellow legs. It was first found in the UK in 2016 in Tetbury, since when there have been a total of 17 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet around England with nine nests destroyed. The hope is that with vigilance we can prevent this disruptive invasive species from becoming established in the UK.
Updates on Asian hornet sightings in the UK from Gov.uk
Download an identification leaflet
Information on the Asian hornet from the National Bee Unit
Dates for the diary
26 October 2020, ABKA Annual Honey Show, Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley
ABKA talks take place at 2pm at The Riddlesden Institute, 3 Scott Ln, Riddlesden, Keighley BD20 5BU.
NB. Timetable subject to change. All updates will be posted here.