The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be attending the following events in 2020:

 

For a review of past events in 2019, please click here.

January 15th 2020 - 'Bumblebees'
Paul Hand will be discussing these essesntial pollinators.
By Celia Davis
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

February 19th 2020 - AGM and film “The Honeybee”
We will be running a Door Prize to members this year.
Please attend for entry!
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

February 29th 2020 - Beginner's Course - Day 1
The course fee is £75 and includes lunch, refreshments and a comprehensive beekeeping manual.
Sacred Heart R C Church, Rugby 9am till 4pm

March 9th 2020 - Beginner's Course - Day 2
The course fee is £75 and includes lunch, refreshments and a comprehensive beekeeping manual.
Sacred Heart R C Church, Rugby 9am till 4pm

March 14th 2020 - Bee Tradex
A great trade show to top up your equipment, right on our doorstep.
Stoneleigh Park, CVCV82LG, 9am till 4:30pm

May 20th 2020 - Beekeeper's Question Time
An opportunity to ask questions and (hopefully) get some answers
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

June 24th 2020 - Beekeeper's Question Time
An opportunity to ask questions and (hopefully) get some answers
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

July 15th 2020 - Quiz Night
20 Thorne's gift voucher for the winner.
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

August 26th 2020 - TBA
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

September 23rd 2020 - TBA
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

RBKA monthly meetings

The Central Association of Beekeepers (CABK) are holding some very interesting webinars on the same evenings that we would normally hold our association meetings in August and September. In order that our members can join both the CABK webinars and the RBKA Zoom meetings the August and September RBKA meetings will be moved to the 26th August and the 23rd September. I will send out the Zoom invitations for our meetings a few days before they are due to take place together with details of their contents.

CABK Webinars

As mentioned above, the CABK are putting on two more webinars. The first is on August the 19th and the second is on September the 16th. Details about the webinars and registration instructions are available on the CABK website;  are are being held using Zoom

BIBBA Webinars

The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) are putting on a series of webinars covering a number of very interesting subjects. The dates of the webinars are the 18th August, 25th August, 1st September and 8th September. Full details on the subjects being covered and registration instructions can be found on the BIBBA website 

2020 Dates for meetings and events for RBKA members are in review for the duration of the crisis prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Some online meetings will be arranged however - see above, and via your email inbox.

 

Other events of note for our members:

Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Event Calendar

If you are aware of additional events that may interest our members, or are interested in the Rugby Beekeepers Association attending your event, please contact us.

 

 


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  • Starvation Alert
    10 August 2020
    Bee Inspectors across the UK are reporting that many colonies are in need of food where honey has been harvested and nectar availability is reduced. Where starvation is a risk, replacement food needs to be provided.

    Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. Sugar syrup should be made with 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water or a commercially ready-made bee syrup can be given.

    For further information, please see the Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar
  • This week (13-19 July) is Bees’ Needs Week
    10 July 2020
    Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign co-ordinated by Defra to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and to provide practical advice on what we can all do to support them. Many organisations are working together to encourage everyone who can, to do simple things at home - like growing more flowers and cutting grass less often - to help our precious pollinators thrive, and to engage further with nature through citizen science initiatives.
    There’s more information on the Bees’ Needs Website. Throughout the week a variety of content will be shared online including:
    • Why bees are important animation
    • Day in the life of a beekeeper video
    • Educational resources including bumble bee identification
    • Information on the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
    Get involved with Bees’ Needs Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BeesNeeds
  • New Presentations Online
    11 June 2020
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
    Asian Hornet Biology
    Asian Hornet Genetics
    European foulbrood

    The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
    Please do contact us with your feedback.