Tips for the Month:

  • Keep a watch for the Asian Hornet and maintain traps for wasps if these are a nuisance. Notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a picture if possible.

  • Heft hives every few weeks to to gauge from their weight how much the bees have been consuming and how they are faring during the winter . If you are concerned that the hive is feeling light, put a block of fondant over the feed hole of the crown board.

     

  • Clean any equipment you have removed so it is ready for next year. Scrape off wax and propolis with a hive tool and then flame them with a blow torch or flame gun.

  • Repair any boxes which may have come apart or developed holes.

  • Store supers and spare brood frames securely so that wax moth cannot get to them. If possible freeze the frames for 48 hours before storage as this kills, eggs, larvae and adults or treat with acetic acid being very careful as the fumes can be dangerous to you and will eat away at cement.

  • Put on woodpecker protection if you have green woodpeckers near your apiary.

  • In windy weather check hives have not lost a roof. Place a brick on the roof or strap up the whole hive.


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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.