Tips for the Month:

  • Continue 7 day inspections to prevent swarming where needed.

  • Ensure the Queen has space to lay in the broodbox and in poor weather that there are sufficient stores for the colony at least 2 brood frames full.

  • If you have a successfully mated a laying new queen from a split or swarm prevention, you may want to unite this colony with the original one, having removed the old queen. Use a sheet of newspaper held down to separate the colonies being united. After a week they will have chewed through and the brood can be interleaved in one box. Frames of stores can be kept to be used in the Autumn for winter stores.

  • If you want drawn frames for making up nucs, this is a good time when the hive is reaching its peak population to put a brood box with frames of foundation over a queen excluder to encourage frames to be drawn out which can be used in nucs or shook swarms.

  • Open entrances to the wide setting to stop congestion at the hive entrance

  • Continue to add supers as needed

  • Remove sealed supers for extraction. Book the branch extractor - Select "Request the Branch Extractor" on the Contact Us form.

  • Check colonies for disease.

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




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  • Advice Note - Wasps
    12 August 2022
    Many beekeepers are reporting the presence of large numbers of wasps in apiaries and around their bee hives. Please refer to the National Bee Unit factsheet on how to manage wasps: Wasp facts.

    Mae llawer o wenynwyr yn cofnodi presenoldeb nifer enfawr o wenyn meirch mewn gwenynfeydd ac o amgylch eu cychod gwenyn. Cyfeiriwch at daflen ffeithiau yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol ar sut i ddelio â gwenyn meirch: Ffeithiau gwenyn.

  • Interception of Honey Bee Queens at Dover
    08 August 2022
    The NBU were called to a consignment of queen bees that were being imported through Dover Port without the Health Certificate. This led to action being taken resulting in the Queen bees being humanely destroyed.

    Information on how to legally import honey bee Queens can be found on the imports/ export page at
  • Email Issue - FIXED
    19 July 2022
    We are currently experiencing some issues with outbound emails from Bee Base. The issue is being investigated.

    However, please note that you may not receive the following emails:
    • Password reset requests
    • Username reminder requests
    • Welcome emails for new users
    • 3km disease notifications

    Thank you for your patience.

    Update:All emails have now been sent out, and normal service resumed.