Tips for the Month:

  • Finish varroa treatments and record what you have done

  • Monitor stores in the brood box and make sure that the bees have at least 20 Kilo or 45 lbs of stores for winter ie both sides of 8 standard frames.

  • Heft your hives by lifting to get an idea of the weight of a winter-ready hive or weigh the hive with luggage scales on both sides divided by 2 to get an idea of what a stocked hive weighs so you can monitor it through the winter.

  • Keep entrances small entrances to make robbing more difficult and to enable bees to fight off wasp attacks.

  • Monitor hornet traps regularly and release trapped insects and take photos of suspected hornets to report to non-native species apps and websites.

  • Look out for wasps and put out traps or preferably, deterrents 


Beebase News Web feed
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy
    23 September 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:

    •  East England: Norfolk.
    •  North West England: West Yorkshire.
    •  North East Wales: Flintshire, Denbighshire & Wrexham.
    •  Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil.

    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs 

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.
  • Asian Hornet Week
    10 September 2021
    6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
    Two new presentations on the Asian hornet diet and Asian hornet nests in the UK by Dr Eleanor Jones are now available.
    Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.
  • Asian Hornet Week
    09 September 2021
    6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
    See the Hunt for Asian hornets blog by Meg Seymour and Gordon Bull here
    Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.