Welcome to the Rugby Beekeepers Association website.

We are probably one of the smallest branch of the eight in Warwickshire, with around 50 members.

Nonetheless, we are a friendly and lively association and meet the third Wednesday of each month (outside of the beekeeping season), at Friends Meeting House (address provided below) when we have interesting talks from visiting experts on any number of beekeeping topics.

We also get together at our branch apiary to conduct various necessary manipulations of the bee colonies.

Please see the dates of our meetings here.

For those who are interested in starting the immensely satisfying hobby of beekeeping, we conduct a beginners’ beekeeping course in the Spring (usually February or March). This is an opportunity for those interested in beekeeping to meet others with the same interest, then over a sequence of talks by a team of experienced beekeepers, we provide sufficient information to enable each one to decide whether beekeeping is really for them. This is followed by two opportunities to actively participate in handling bees at our branch apiary. The course is limited to a maximum of 20 beginners, in order to ensure the right amount of personal contact for you with our beekeepers and the guest speakers.

Meetings are held at the following loction on these dates.

Friends Meeting House,
28 Regent Place Rugby
CV21 2PN

Topics for the meetings are announced on our Events Page.

For any further information, please contact us.

 

 


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  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (BeesMailbox@gov.scot).

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.
  • 2020 Hive Count
    29 March 2021
    More than 10,000 beekeepers, a record number, updated their details on BeeBase during this year's hive count. There are currently more than 44,000 beekeepers registered on BeeBase, meaning that around 23% participated.

    This year’s hive count produced a figure of 260,268 colonies in the UK. This is slightly lower than the 2019 figure of 263,896. It is necessary to make a number of assumptions in the calculation, and so the figure is classed as an experimental statistic.

    The Hive Count provides a very useful indication of the number of managed colonies in the UK, and helps to ensure that BeeBase records are kept up to date. Information about numbers and location of hives is very important for National Bee Unit inspectors in terms of preparing and planning for outbreaks of disease and exotic pests.

    Thank you very much to everyone who has taken time to ensure that their BeeBase information is up to date.