Tips for the Month:

  • Do a disease check. If you find sac brood or a lot of chalk brood, think about doing a Bailey comb change or a shook swarm once the colony is strong enough and if there is a good flow. Make up syrup to feed once you have done the procedure.

  • Do a varroa check and treat if necessary - look on BeeBase to see how to calculate the risk.

  • Start regular weekely inspections to monitor for swarm preparations.

  • Make sure you have everything you need to do an artificial swarm.

  • Ensure you have a super ready, either with foundation or drawn comb to put on as soon as ¾ of frames in the broodbox are covered with bees. (Don’t forget your queen excluder.) If you are near oilseed rape make sure you have other supers to hand, and as soon as bees are covering ¾ of the super frames put on another super. Do ensure your super frames line up with your brood frames.

  • Review your beekeeping notes and decide which colonies you may want to breed from in the current season, perhaps think of making up Nuc’s as Celia described in her talk recently.

  •  When you do your first inspection, move the broodbox onto a bench or some stacked empty super boxes and remove the dirty old floor and place a clean, flamed floor onto the original site, replacing the brood box on the clean floor. If you have another hive, clean and flame the floor you have removed from hive 1 and repeat the process on hive 2.


Beebase

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  • Beebase Registrations
    19 August 2019
    Due to an IT problem there may be a delay in processing some Beebase registrations. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
  • Reported Turkish bee has been identified as a UK native leafcutter bee
    05 August 2019
    DNA barcoding analysis of a suspect sample of Osmia spp. from Turkey has confirmed it to be a native UK species of leafcutter bee, Megachile centuncularis.

    The UK has a diverse variety of native bees and we encourage members of the public to seek identification of bee species through the many groups and societies with a particular interest in entomology such as; The ‘BWARS’ (Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society) Facebook page, https://www.royensoc.co.uk/identifying-insects or https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature.html. Sightings may be recorded with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/enter-casual-record.

    We encourage the reporting of non-native species identified by interest groups or members of the public. Guidance on where to report this information can be found on the GB Non-native Species Secretariat (GB NNSS) website (www.nonnativespecies.org/recording). The Government will then take action in accordance with the GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy to minimise the risks they pose to our flora and fauna. We encourage everyone who travels abroad to check luggage especially if it has been kept outside during their trip. If you do spot a stowaway upon your return to the UK you should report it with the dates and places you went on holiday, and ideally a photo of the insect via the GB NNSS website.
  • Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire
    03 July 2019

    The National Bee Unit has today (Wednesday 3 July 2019) confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire, after it was reported by a member of the public. Based upon visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen.

    Further information can be found here.