Education


FDBKA Beekeeping Course 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions being placed upon us to limit its spread, we have suspended our education programme for the time being.  We are keen to resume as soon as possible so please keep an eye on this page as we will update the information when we are able to.  We appreciate your understanding and keep well.



National Honey Monitoring Scheme

The National Honey Monitoring Scheme is a long-term programme set up in 2018 that will use techniques to identify plant DNA and measure environmental contaminants, such as pesticide residues in honey produced in the UK. 

All amateur and professional beekeepers are asked to register their interest in taking part by emailing the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) honey@ceh.ac.uk. The viability of the monitoring scheme will depend upon sufficient numbers of beekeepers expressing an interest in participating. 

A pilot study identified widespread residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey samples collected from BBKA members across the UK. I took part in this pilot study and sent a sample of my honey to CEH in 2015, the analysis of which found imidacloprid (a neonicotinoid). The location of my apiary is close to commercial glass houses and a PYO farm, although it might have been picked up elsewhere.

Fareham members are therefore encouraged to volunteer for this survey by emailing the CEH. Further details can be found on the BBKA website at https://www.bbka.org.uk/news/national-honey-monitoring-scheme and CEH https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/national-honey-monitoring-scheme

John Hoar