Celebrating International Youth Day

The UK beekeeping community and the BBKA encourage beekeeping among young people through activities such as the BBKA’s Bees in the Curriculum programme, the development of the Stoneleigh apiary for schools and support for the annual International Meeting of Young Beekeepers. Counties and branches also welcome young people.

In this article from the August 2020 issue of Bee Craft magazine, read about how things are very different in the developing world. Beekeeping offers an opportunity to contribute financially to a household, gain respect and be of value in the community. It’s gender-neutral, sustainable and requires only locally available resources. And that is very important in a country like Uganda, where 50% of the population is aged 15 or under (18% in UK); 83% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed and 1 in 4 women have a child by the age of 19.

These case studies give some insight into the work of Bees Abroad with young people.

read the Bee Craft article

Are you experienced in managing projects and people?

Our PARTNERS AND PROJECTS TRUSTEE is retiring.

Full of challenges the role involves engaging with the teams who make our projects happen.

We are continuously exploring ways to improve the ways we work. We are a small friendly team of volunteers making a real difference to the lives of those in rural communities in the poorest of countries through beekeeping.

For more details please email Richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk

Bees Abroad are pleased to announce a new partnership with Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App.

Bees Abroad are pleased to be launching a brand new partnership with Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App.

About our partnership
Bees Abroad are delighted to announce our partnership with Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App. Our partnership has shared values around understanding the importance of sustainable produce, whilst raising awareness of the importance Bees can play in improving livelihoods.

About Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App
Bazar is a new shopping app launched on Android and IOS. Buyers and sellers of sustainable, artisan, ethical, pre-loved, and eco-friendly products can transact and connect on topics that are important to them.

Bazar’s commitment to Bees Abroad
For every product sold, Bazar pledges to donate 1% of their sales commission revenue between their bees, trees, and seas eco partnerships.

We are excited to have been chosen as Bazars Bee partner.

Find out more about Bazar
Website – https://www.bazarapp.co.uk/
Email – enquiries@bazarapp.co.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BazarEthicalLifeMarketplace/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bazarethicalapp/

Follow the steps below, to start buying or selling ethical goods, whilst supporting the work of Bees Abroad:

iOS (iPhone and iPad): https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bazar-ethical-marketplace/id1419940679?l=en
Google Play for Android, visit Apps of Google Play – Bazar – Ethical Life Marketplace Shopping App

 

World Bee Day – 20th May

To mark World Bee Day on May 20th, read how Bees Abroad is Focussing on Health & Wellbeing in this fascinating article by Neil and Dr Katherine Brent, Bees Abroad Partnership Managers, Sierra Leone.

With a focus on honey production, bee and beekeeper health and their well-being, Bees Abroad is sponsoring a project in the Chiefdom of Barri in Sierra Leone. The benefits of hanging from honey hunting to Kenyan top bar hive management are being felt by the locals.

Click on the image below to read the full article.

 

thumbnail of 05-2020 Sierra Leone BBKA News article

Come and meet us

We always enjoy meeting our supporters.  We will have a stand at the following shows this summer:

Saturday 29th February – Bedfordshire BKA AGM

Saturday 29th February – Derbyshire Pre-Season Annual Conference

Saturday 7th March – Cambridgeshire BKA Conference

Saturday 7th March – Lancashire Bee Convention

Saturday 14th March – Beetradex

Saturday 28th March Suffolk County Conference

Saturday 28th March – Welsh Show, Bluith Wells

Friday & Saturday 3rd-4th April BBKA Spring Convention, Harper Adams, Shropshire

Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd May – Devon County Show

Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th May – Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallett, Somerset

Thurs 11th to Saturday 13th June South of England Show

Fri 12th to Sun 14th June – Three Counties Show

Wed 24th & Thurs 25th June – Lincolnshire Show

Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th July – 2000 Trees, Gloucestershire

Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th July – Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Tues 28th to Thursday 30th July – New Forest Show

Fri 14th & Sat 15th August – Shrewsbury Flower Show

29th August – Buckingham County Show

Saturday 19th September – Cornwall Bee Convention

Saturday 3rd October – Wiltshire Honey Day

Thursday 22-24th October – National Honey Show, Sandown Race Park, Surrey

Saturday 31st October – Essex County Conference

Please come along and visit our stand and see our range of Gift Cards

Continue reading “Come and meet us”

Helping young people succeed through beekeeping

Our Christmas appeal is raising funds for a new project in Ghana which will help people like Simon (pictured) to become beekeepers, offering a means of financial support towards their future.

Simon was only able to start school last year at 17 as he worked with his father catching fish on Lake Volta from a very young age leaving no time for schooling.

He now has dreams to be a doctor. Please help Simon and the others of the Ekye village beekeeping group achieve their dreams.

read more

 

One-third of honey sold is NOT produced by Bees

Research presented at Apimondia, the international beekeeping conference held in Montreal, Canada this September showing that one-third of all internationally traded honey is not made by bees from flowers. As a result the price of genuine honey is being depressed forcing commercial producers out of business. The effect is particularly serious in those countries which export large quantities of honey such as Argentina. As a result the number of bee colonies worldwide is reducing and with it their contribution to crop pollination. Some argue adulteration is a greater threat to World bee populations than are pests and diseases.

In the past adulteration was carried out using syrups made from plants of the C4 group such as corn and sugar cane which can be detected by current tests. Now substitutes from the C3 plant group which include rice, wheat and beet syrups are being used. This group includes the plants used by bees for forage and are not detected by current tests. Precise quantities of pollen, diastase and the amino acid proline are added to mimic genuine honey.

These adulterants are widely available on Asian internet sites such as Alibaba where they are advertised as intended for use as counterfeit honey able to pass international tests as honey. Google ‘rice syrup pass’ and see the results for yourself. The price of this counterfeit honey is around US$500 tonne compared with an international average of US$3,800 for the real thing. The price of Chinese honey (or what purports to be Chinese honey) is around half the international average price for honey. In 2018 the 47% of the honey entering the EU from China came to the UK. Sophisticated tests carried out on samples of cheaper, mostly own brand, honeys from UK supermarkets found the honey sold in UK to be the most adulterated in Europe.