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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  • 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.
    Please do contact us with your feedback.