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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  • Survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved now closed
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. 

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. 

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

    A questionnaire was available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved. 

    The survey closed on 21 April
  • 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.