Rugby Bee Keepers Association maintain an apiary with a view to assisting the members, particularly new ones, with developing their bee keeping skills.

The apiary needs weekly checks through the swarm season, and regular visits to monitor health, space, stores, health etc. through the rest of the year.

Experienced bee keepers are the providers of these inspections and in doing so they create a location where less experienced keepers can learn by observation, discussion and gain practical experience.

In 2016, there were 2 hives in the Spring, which expanded to 4 hives during the swarm season. After the strong start to the season, the bees did not behave as anticipated, 2 of the hives were combined, so there are 3 strong colonies going into the winter.

The intention is to maintain an apiary in the immediate locality which will provide beginners with a teaching facility. Where they can learn amongst other things:

• Whether they are comfortable around bees prior to becoming owners.

• Find out what equipment RBKA use to see if it suits them.

• See a colony other than their own in the locality.

• What space is needed for an apiary.

• Using a smoker.

• Assess the health of a hive.

• Gain from the experience of others.

• Get an idea of the weight and size of boxes that will need to be moved.

• Handle frames of bees.

• Problems and the treatments.

Members of RBKA will be informed of when inspections are being carried out and are welcome to come along and help or hinder. Please let me know if there is anything particular that you would like to have discussed.


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  • Starvation Alert
    10 August 2020
    Bee Inspectors across the UK are reporting that many colonies are in need of food where honey has been harvested and nectar availability is reduced. Where starvation is a risk, replacement food needs to be provided.

    Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. Sugar syrup should be made with 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water or a commercially ready-made bee syrup can be given.

    For further information, please see the Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar
  • This week (13-19 July) is Bees’ Needs Week
    10 July 2020
    Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign co-ordinated by Defra to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and to provide practical advice on what we can all do to support them. Many organisations are working together to encourage everyone who can, to do simple things at home - like growing more flowers and cutting grass less often - to help our precious pollinators thrive, and to engage further with nature through citizen science initiatives.
    There’s more information on the Bees’ Needs Website. Throughout the week a variety of content will be shared online including:
    • Why bees are important animation
    • Day in the life of a beekeeper video
    • Educational resources including bumble bee identification
    • Information on the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
    Get involved with Bees’ Needs Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BeesNeeds
  • New Presentations Online
    11 June 2020
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
    Asian Hornet Biology
    Asian Hornet Genetics
    European foulbrood

    The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
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