Tips for the Month:

  • As winter bees will start to be produced in mid to late August, carry out a varroa check to determine levels of infestation and whether you need to treat once you have removed the honey crop.

  • Do a full disease inspection to ensure bees are healthy before preparations for winter.

  • Unite healthy colonies with a new queen

  • Don’t continue to inspect colonies unless you have a reason to do so

  • Ensure that if poor weather occurs that there are sufficient stores for the colony, at least 2 brood frames full, or a super with stores

  • Remove sealed supers or individual frames for extraction. Book the branch extractor - Steve Martin is the person to contact via our Contact Us page (select the option to Request The Branch Extractor) 

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

  • Reduce entrances and put up wasp deterrents or traps to prevent wasps invading hives.




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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.