Tips for the Month:

  • On a warm day, 15deg C+ do an inspection to make sure all is well and the queen is present.


  • If colony is strong and weather continues warm, start 7 day inspections to prepare for the swarming season.

  • Put the hive onto a clean floor.

  • Remove old frames and replace with foundation or consider doing a shook swarm or Bailey comb change next month when the colony is stronger.

  • Only inspect if you have a purpose - when weather is warm enough, do a disease inspection by shaking the bees from the frames and inspecting each for disease. If you are worried ask a more experienced beekeeper for help and/or contact the bee inspector. Check BeeBase for advice on brood diseases. And remember AFB is a notifiable disease.

  • Ensure bees have access to water near the hives- they like shallow gravel beds.

  • Check that you have clean flamed equipment ready for the swarm season.

  • Make up new frames to the point of fitting foundation, but hold off putting foundation in until they are needed.

  • You may want to increase entrances when the weather gets warmer.




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  • 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.