Tips for the Month:

  • If you are within 3 miles of a Oil Seed Rape field ensure you remove and extract supers as soon as the rape flowers begin to die and fields start to show more green than yellow.

  • Book the Association extractor with Steve Martin via our Contact Us page

  • Add another super as soon as ¾ of the frames in the super are covered with bees.

  • Replace old dark frames. Try to recycle old frames at least every 3 years (once you are more experienced think about doing a shook swarm which replaces all the frames yearly and reduces varroa count) 

  • Continue to check for disease when inspecting, both on brood and on adult bees. Consult someone more experienced if you are concerned 

  •  Ensure you have enough empty hives or nuc boxes to do swarm control measures and/or for swarms collected. 

  •  Respond promptly to swarm call outs to prevent bees becoming a nuisance. 

  •  Ensure you have registered your apiary on BeeBase so that if there is disease located in our area you can be contacted by the bee inspectors to stop it spreading.


BeeBase

Beebase News Web feed
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies
    22 September 2022
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in:
    • Wales: Whole country, but particularly north and Ceredigion.
    • South West: Whole region
    • West: Avon, Staffordshire, Shropshire
    • East: Norfolk, but particularly north
    • North East: Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire
    • North West: Greater Sheffield area (SW Yorkshire, NW Derbyshire)
    • Central: Northamptonshire, North Buckinghamshire, Hampshire
    • South East: Kent, East Sussex

    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 region.
  • Credible sighting of a single Asian hornet near Chelmsford, Essex
    26 August 2022
    National Bee Unit inspectors are carrying out enhanced surveillance near Chelmsford, in response to a compelling report of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).

    Further information regarding the yellow-legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. For media enquiries, please contact the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    We ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase by logging in and updating their my apiaries page, report suspected sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form.

  • BeeBase Email Outage
    18 August 2022
    During the period Midday 12th August to Midday 17th August, some automated emails from BeeBase will not have been sent. 

    Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request. 

    Some systems affected included:
    • Password reset emails
    • Username reminders

    All emails are now being processed as normal
    .