NHMS Newsletter: June 2022


Dear Beekeepers,

Just a very quick update as many of you are waiting eagerly for your results!

The 2km habitat data is just being prepared for the 2021 sample returns. As soon as this is ready we will upload these, alongside the plant DNA barcoding data. You will receive emails informing you when these are ready to view. I will also send out another newsletter with details and the likely time line for 2022 results.

Until this time the only results visible will be the sugar/water concentrations of your returned honey samples.

However, HNMS2022 is well underway- over 900 sample packs have been dispatched and over 250 samples returned. Thank you! Please keep them coming in, and don’t forget to request your sample pack (see useful information below) if you wish your honey to be analysed this year.


Please visit our FAQs page (https://honey-monitoring.ac.uk/taking-part/faq ) or email honey@ceh.ac.uk.


Best wishes, Anna

Dr Anna Oliver and the NHMS Team


Useful information:

Requesting a sample pack:

Create an online user account on our website https://honey-monitoring.ac.uk. This only needs to be done once and enables us to have an account we can report your results to. We also ask for your address so we can send sample packs to you. No personal data is ever shared.
Log on and visit your 'Taking part' tab, click on ‘request a sample pack’ and follow the instructions to create a submission. We only ask a couple of questions, importantly location, to enable a pack request. This needs to be done every time you desire a new sample pack.

Currently we allow 2 samples/beekeeper a year and the 1st needs to be returned before the 2nd sample pack can be dispatched. This second sample could be from an alternative location if you wish.
Details on how to collect a sample are included within each sample pack (also, https://honey-monitoring.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/nhms-2022-sample-pack-letter ). 

Cut off dates for 2022
Sample pack requests: Friday 7th October
Sample packs can be requested at any time however, those after the October cut-off date will not be sent out until the following year.
Sample pack returns: Friday 4th November
Any samples arriving after this date will be archived only. Unused sample packs can be kept and used in any subsequent year.