NHMS Newsletter: May 2022

NHMS Newsletter: May 2022

Dear Beekeepers,

I hope the sun is shining where you are and your bees are busy foraging….

Your 2021 results are getting closer- Sequencing is complete, as is the bioinformatics and all looks good! Matching the taxonomic IDs generated by our sequence pipeline to the UK plant species list is now underway. You will be informed via email as soon as they go live. Until this time the only results visible will be the sugar/water concentrations or your returned honey samples. We will upload the 2km habitat data at the same time.

However, the main reason for this newsletter is to advertise for my replacement. Sadly, I will be leaving UKCEH (and the NHMS) at the end of July. If you know of any Molecular Ecologists who would be interested please forward the link below:




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.