BRITISH BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION (BBKA)
The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) is a charity devoted to educating the public about the importance of honeybees and promoting the craft of beekeeping in the UK, with 16,000+ members.
- The BBKA is campaigning for desperately needed research into the reasons honeybees are in decline across the UK.
- Annual winter colony losses of up to a third are devastating honeybees but we don’t know the real cause. It could be the varroa mite, viruses, fungi or other factors – we need urgent research.
- Farmers, growers and gardeners can help by providing apiary sites and improving habitat – leave margins and plant bee friendly trees, shrubs and annuals to provide forage: nectar and pollen.
NEW HOLLAND AND THE BRITISH BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION
A major UK manufacturer of agricultural machinery, New Holland is a key player in the British farming community.
- The role of our bees is pivotal – honeybee pollination contributes more than £200 million to UK farming every year.
- Top fruit, soft fruit, vegetables and oil seed rape are amongst the crops that benefit from honeybee pollination. Without pollination, the harvests would fail and farmers and contractors could face another agricultural crisis.
- Working together, New Holland and the BBKA are highlighting the honeybee crisis amongst farmers, land-owners, fruit growers and contractors.
- New Holland is also supporting the BBKA as it educates the public about the importance of bees and the impact that current threats could have on national food security.