Tips for the Month:

  • Keep up weekly inspections to check for queen cells. Even if you have done a swarm prevention or had a swarm leave your hive, if the colony builds up strongly there may still be another swarm.

  • After selecting a good sealed queen cell make sure you check all the frames by shaking the bees off to ensure you have not left any queen cells - emergency queen cells are hard to spot. Don’t shake the frame with the chosen queen cell - brush the bees off.

  • If your bees have not swarmed but your queen is aging, consider making up a nuc with the old queen and forcing the bees in the old hive to make queen cells and produce a new queen.

  • Do not disturb the nuc or colony where a new queen is being produced for at least 3 weeks from the date you left a sealed queen cell. It can sometimes take longer before the new queen starts laying.

  • Continue to put on extra supers when ¾ of frames are covered by bees.

  • If your bees are near oilseed rape remove supers once they have been sealed and extract immediately before it crystallises.

  • Make sure colonies have sufficient stores - there is a lot of brood to feed at this time of year. If there are no supers on the hive make sure there are at least 2 frames of stores


Beebase News Web feed
  • Update on Small hive beetle in Italy
    13 September 2019
    Following the new case of Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) confirmed in June in the province of Syracuse in Sicily the European Commission published safeguard measures on Tuesday 10th September. Further details of the surveillance in Italy can be found on the Italian National Reference Laboratory website.

    UK authorities remain active in preparing and monitoring for the Small hive beetleand this summer a contingency training exercise was run by the National Bee Unit (NBU) in Wales with the Welsh Government to train Inspectors on plans and protocols.
  • Asian Hornet nest destroyed near Tamworth, Staffordshire and a new sighting south west of Ashford, Kent.
    09 September 2019
    The National Bee Unit destroyed an Asian hornet nest near Tamworth, Staffordshire on Friday 6th September. A further sighting was reported in a new location by a member of the public of an Asian Hornet south west of Ashford, Kent, this single hornet has been captured. Surveillance continues in both areas.

    This week is the British Beekeepers Association’s Asian Hornet Week and we encourage Beekeepers and members of the public to watch for Asian hornets in their apiaries, on fallen fruit and on flowering plants such as ivy.

    A summary of all Asian hornet sightings in the UK during 2019 can be found here, along with how to report sightings.
  • Asian Hornet confirmed near Tamworth, Staffordshire
    02 September 2019
    The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of an Asian hornet near Tamworth, Staffordshire, after it was reported by a member of the public.

    We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report suspect sightings using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’, by filling out an online report formor by emailing .

    Further information can be found here.