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South East Regional Bee Inspector

Daniel Etheridge is the Regional Bee Inspector for the South East region. 

To contact Dan e-mail: [email protected]

 or telephone:  07979 119376.

Diane Steele is the Seasonal Bee Inspector for the region.

E-mail: [email protected]  or telephone: 07775 119452

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Asian hornet in the UK 2022

A report of an Asian hornet in the Felixstowe area has been confirmed by the NBU in April.  More information will follow but members and AH(A)T team members are asked to be extra vigilant.Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on the BeeBase Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.

Use the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Android and Iphone to report sightings.  Members are asked to remain vigilant for this predator in our region.  It may be seen hawking at the entrance to hives.  Traps may be set up in the apiary and this video shows how to make your own.For a full description of the Asian honet and its comparison to our native hornet view this document: Any sightings should be reported to the non-native species team at: [email protected] and an Asian Hornet Watch app is available to download to your phone.  There is also a map on the BBKA website with your nearest Asian hornet team member - 

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BBKA Insurance

This year the BBKA has taken out an insurance policy with Aviva that includes public & product liability cover for members for the period 4th October 2021 - 3rd October 2022.  Aviva does not issue certificates for public & product liability.  However, Aston Lark the Association’s insurance broker has provided a 'To Whom It May Concern' document for members to use if you are required to prove you have insurance cover.

This year all the insurance documents have been stored on the website under 'BBKA Documents'.  The website has undergone some work to link it with the eR2 membership database which means that only active members of the BBKA can login to the site. If you need to view the instructions on how to login to use this link : instructions.The 'Frequently Asked Questions' document has been reviewed with the broker and  this too is available to view on the website. 

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Defra Covid-19 Update October 2020

Defra has updated its advice to beekeepers on managing colonies during the pandemic.  Download here.



Plan Bee Ltd. 

The Scottish-based company has again announced its plans to continue its business in the South of England in West Sussex.  A number of commercial colonies will be established in the east of the county.

Their new CEO has recently spoken to our secretary and explained that the company is now under totally new management with a new business model.  Their strategy is now to use local beekeepers to manage small numbers of colonies in limited areas and they are now using locally-bred queens.

Access their website here.

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Small Hive Beetle

On  11th September 2014 the Italian  National  Reference  Centre  for beekeeping confirmed the first detection of the presence of Small Hive Beetle (SHB)  in South  West Italy,  in  the  port  city  of  Gioia  Tauro.   The destruction of previously infected hives last year has proved ineffective in halting the spread of the beetle and eight further outbreaks have been confirmed in Calabria.  

Members are advised to remain vigilant for the detection of SHB within their colonies and if an infestation is suspected to advise the NBU immediately.  The Regional Bee Inspector's details can be found below.



BBKA Number for Members

Due to the volume of  calls that the BBKA has been experiencing, the Association is very much aware that Members have had problems contacting the main office. 

As a consequence an additional line has been installed so that BBKA may answer calls from members more quickly and efficiently.

Priority will be given to those using the new number which is purely for Member queries and requests; the number to call is 02476 698620. The current number will, when all staff are on calls, be on an automated system, with no answerphone capability.


Bees For development

The charity's aim is to assist people living in poor countries to achieve sustainable livelihoods through beekeeping. Visit their website:


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