Small Hive Beetle alert - Reports from Italy

The NBU reports that Small Hive Beetle has been reported in traps in South West Italy. This is from a trap in a hive belonging to the local University. That makes it distinct from the previous record when SHB was found in 2004 in Portugal in an import from Texas and all the imported material could be destroyed. The beetles may have been present around the port of Gioia Tauro for some time. As the NBU statement says:

HBKA Honey Show


Monday was wet but the Sunday saw visitors. Thanks to everyone who helped in the marquee or entered any classes and especial thanks to Sarah and Tilman for taking on the organisation.

Class winners: see the full news item.

National Honey Show

NHS jarsThe NHS lecture schedule has been released, the leaflet is available as a pdf and workshop details are on the website (booking from 1 September). Our own Bill Fitzmaurice is leading candle making workshops on the Saturday. In competition there are new categories for set honey and sweet and dry mead.

Honey, it's SHOW TIME!

annual show logoOnly a week to the HBKA Annual Honey Show. Part of the Harrow in LEAF show on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Headstone Manor, the honey show has been a long established fixture for HBKA.


Several thefts have been repotred around the northern part of the M25. Not complete hives this time, just supers of honey or even frames removed from hives. Obviously someone who knows something about bees as in what to take and when. Be aware of strangers on exposed sites.