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The YBKA is affiliated to The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and has around 1641 members and is made up of 22 affiliated district associations.

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We organise and run a successful Annual Convention with leading speakers and trade stands.The YBKA publishes and distributes The YBKA e-NEWS LETTER each month as part of our mission to keep you informed If you would like any further information about the YBKA, email the secretary .

Heather Honey: A Comprehensive Guide

Heather Honey: A Comprehensive Guide

My long awaited book “Heather Honey – A Comprehensive Guide” – ISBN 978–0–900147–28–9 (hardback) and ISBN 978–0–900147–29–6 (paperback) – 384 pages……..will be available from 10th October in advance of the official launch at this year’s National Honey Show. All profits go to the Bees Abroad and Wax Chandlers Bee Charities including royalties.

Due to the limited number to be published the Hardback is only available from me…restricted to 100 copies…numbered 1-100 and will be signed and complete with inscription by the author will be £40:00 plus postage the softback limited to 250 copies will be £30:00 plus postage.

The softback is available directly from the BeeCraft on-line book shop.

This is the contents page to give you an indication of its breadth of detail….

Acknowledgements

11 Foreword

15 Introduction ……………………………………………………………..

17 Section 1: Heather Moorland, its Ecology and Man the Beekeeper

17 A History of How the Heather Moorlands Came About to the Present Time

27 From Honey Hunter to Beekeeper

62 The Heather Plants …………………………………………………….

72 The Heather Moorlands of the British Isles …………………….

74 The Heather Honeys …………………………………………………..

94 Choosing a Moorland Heather Site ……………………………..

102 Section 1 Suggested Further Reading …………………………..

Section 2: Heather Honey Production Strains of Bees for Honey Production………………………….

123 Types of Hive for Working Heather ……………………………..

150 Systems of Management for Bell Heather Honey Production ……………………………………………….

183 Systems of Management for Ling Heather Honey Production ………………………………………………

204 Moving Bees to the Moors and Siting Hive Stances ………..

235 Methods Used to Extract and Process Heather Honey …….

245 The Return from the Heather Moors ……………………………

290 From Hive to Market: Presentation ……………………………..

298 Ling Heather Honey for Exhibition ……………………………..

303 Final Considerations…………………………………………………

311 Section 2 Suggested Further Reading …………………………..

Section 3: Historical Aspects of Heather and Other Floral Honey Production

A Brief History of Taking Bees to the Heather and Little-known Facts ……………………………………………….

317 Heather Honey for Medicinal Purposes ……………………….

Appendices 324

Appendix A: Fermentation and Hydroxymethyfurfural (HMF) ……………………………….

359 Appendix B: The Dyce Method of Producing Crystallised Honey ………………………………………………

364 Appendix C: A Method of Producing Soft-set Honey with Ling Heather Honey ……………………………………..

367 Appendix D: Varroa Control for Heather Stocks ……………

372 Indexes General ………………………………………………………………….

374 People ………………………………………………………………….

381 Places ……………………………………………………………………

 

Micheal Badger MBE

GYS Honey Show 2016

Michael Badger MBE

Michael Badger MBE

This year at the great Yorkshire shows honey show for the first time in some 40 years we had a new face at the helm as chief steward. This was due to the ill health retirement of Michael Badger MBE earlier this year. Over those years Michael had brought the honey show from strength to strength doing a great job of promoting a fantastic show.

This said our new chief steward Mr. Peter Lewis a Cornish man by birth, now residing in  Netherthong, Homefirth wasted no time in continuing this pathway by sending out additional invitations through the Y.A.S and managing on his first year to get record entries into the show. We had some 661 Entries in the 2016 show. The whole show team worked tirelessly along with the judges to produce a top class show once again, making it a credit to the Yorkshire agricultural Society and the general public loved it. So we say welcome Peter and congratulations on a very successful first Great Yorkshire Show along with your stewards who made it all possible.

As usual the YBKA pavilion and bees garden stewarded by myself and Tony Jefferson was also a resounding success. Honey sales were up and the public flocked through the doors enjoying our displays and demonstrations. I would at this time also like to thank the many YBKA associations volunteers who gave up their days to put on this fantastic annual event and showing the YBKA  to be focuses on the promotion of beekeeping in our county by putting on these great educational  displays and connections with the public at large, giving them a united front into beekeeping. The show had record attendances once again this year with just over 35,000 coming through the gates over the three days of the show. The brand new great hall built by the YAS at a cost of some £20,000 000 is massive and an absolute fantastic achievement . This replaced the old flower hall and was built on time between the close of last years show and the opening of this. Packed at the show with trade stands of every conceivable variety plus a cafe dinning hall. Lets hope the trend continues and entries and interests keep rising. This must now be the largest and best show in the country now by far. A great achievement by all concerned.

Dave Shannon

Members Blog

Here are some of the articles written by our members, perhaps you have been somewhere that may interest our members or would like to share some tips with other beekeepers, if so you can send your article and any photos to admin@ybka.org.uk and if suitable I will add them to the website.