The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be hosting or attending the following events in 2021:

For a review of past events in 2020, please click here.

RBKA monthly meetings

Mettings are currently held on the second Wednesday of the month.

  • January 13th 2021 - 'Bees Abroad'

James Taylor will be discussing the valuable work done by this charity which promotes beekeeping in Sub Saharan Africa, enabling a sustainable future for many people stricken by poverty and the effects of climate change.
By James Taylor
Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • February 17th 2021 - AGM

 Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • March 10th 2021 - Kirsty Stanton - Bee Diseases (Introduction  to bee viruses /DWV/CBPV and Sacbrood. Also, a look at Kirsty's new research project!)

Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • April 14th 2021 - Barbara Dalby - Apitherapy (using bee products for health and healing)

Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • May 1st 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - 2.00pmBasics of an inspection

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • May 12th 2021 - Group discussion about current beekeeping issues (Bring your ideas and concerns)

Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • (rescheduled due to weather) May 30th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Identify swarming potential

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • June 26th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Disease identification

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • July 24th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Clearing and extracting honey

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • July 25th 2021 12:00 to 5pm - Wolston & Brandon Walkabout

Come along to support the branch or offer to volunteer to help out (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • August 21st 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Uniting colonies and Varroa identification and treatment

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • September 18th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Preparation for winter

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • October 6th - Branch Meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Celia Davis - “Preparing for and supporting winter bees”

  • November 3rd - Branch Meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Gerry Collins - “What’s going on with my bees”

  • December 1st Christmas Social.  Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Bring and share a dish/snacks and join in “Turkey Foot” (fun dominoes) and win some Xmas cheer!

  • Throughout December 

Festival of Trees - St Andrews Parish Church, Rugby town Centre 

Drop in to view the trees and vote!

  • 9th December 

Crakerteria Christmas Dinner, 

In the precinct near Iceland

Let Margaret know if you are interested and details will be sent to you. 

  • January 5th 2022 - Branch Meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Chris Park - “Making mead and other Honey drinks”

Other events of note for our members:

Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Event Calendar

CABK  & BIBBA Webinars

For those of you who are enjoying all the online talks and webinars, both the CABK and BIBBA still have a schedule of online talks taking place. 

Details are available on the BIBBA website

Details are available on the CABK website

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.

 


BeeBase

Beebase News Web feed
  • A confirmed finding of a single Asian hornet in Felixstowe, Suffolk
    29 April 2022
    The National Bee Unit is carrying out enhanced monitoring and awareness raising together with local beekeepers after a single insect, confirmed to be Vespa velutina was killed at a sentinel apiary, reported by a beekeeper.

    Laboratory analysis has shown that the Asian hornet was a female but as it was dried out and damaged it couldn’t be ascertained if it was a queen or worker. Additionally it is highly likely to be from the European population rather than a new introduction from Asia and is highly unlikely to be the offspring of either of last year’s nests in the UK.

    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. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    We continue to ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase (guidance here) and report suspect sightings here.
  • Registration Page - Error - FIXED
    24 March 2022
    We are currently experiencing an error with our registration page which is preventing beekeepers from registering.  We are working hard to find a fix and will update this News items as soon as a fix is found. 

    To register, please come back in a few days or give the NBU a call on 0300 3030094 and we can process your registartion for you. 

    UPDATE: This has now been fixed. 
  • Analysis of 2021 Asian hornet nests
    03 March 2022
    During the 2021 season, two Asian hornet nests were located and successfully destroyed by NBU inspectors and APHA colleagues, following sightings reported via the Asian Hornet Watch app.

    The nest found in Ascot, and destroyed on 11th October, was 35 cm in diameter and contained six combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest, and that the nest hadn’t reached the stage of producing adult sexual stages.

    The nest found in Portsmouth, and destroyed on 31st October, was 31cm in diameter and contained 4 combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest. The nest had reached the stage of producing sexual stages but was highly inbred and a large proportion of the offspring were triploid.

    The queen and drones for both the Ascot and Portsmouth nest were highly unlikely to be direct offspring of the Gosport nest from 2020.

    Further information regarding Asian hornet can be found on Defra’s Asian hornet sightings page and on our BeeBase Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.

    Use the Asian hornet Watch app for Android and iPhone to report sightings.

    Yn ystod tymor 2021, cafodd dau nyth cacwn Asiaidd eu darganfod a'u dinistrio'n llwyddiannus gan arolygwyr yr NBU a chydweithwyr APHA, yn dilyn golygfeydd a adroddwyd drwy'r ap ‘Hornet Watch’ Asiaidd.

    Cafodd y nyth a ganfuwyd yn Ascot ei ddinistrio ar yr 11eg o Hydref. Roedd yn 35 cm mewn diamedr ac yn cynnwys chwe adran i atgenhedlu. Mae canlyniad y dadansoddiadau genetig yn awgrymu bod yr holl gacwn Asiaidd a gasglwyd yn yr ardal gyfagos yn debygol o fod wedi dod o'r nyth hwn, ac nad oedd y nyth wedi cyrraedd y cam lle y caiff ffurfiau rhywiol llawn dwf eu cynhyrchu.

    Roedd y nyth a ganfuwyd yn Portsmouth, a'i ddinistrio ar 31 Hydref, yn 31cm mewn diamedr ac yn cynnwys 4 adran i atgenhedlu. Mae canlyniad y dadansoddiadau genetig yn awgrymu bod yr holl gacwn Asiaidd a gasglwyd yn yr ardal gyfagos yn debygol o fod wedi dod o'r nyth hwn. Roedd y nyth wedi cyrraedd y cam lle y caiff ffurfiau rhywiol llawn dwf eu cynhyrchu ond roedd wedi mewnfridio i raddau helaeth ac roedd cyfran fawr o’r epil yn driploid.

    Roedd y frenhines a'r dronau ar gyfer nyth Ascot a Portsmouth yn annhebygol iawn o fod yn uniongyrchol o’r nyth darganfyddwyd yn Gosport yn ystod 2020.

    Mae rhagor o wybodaeth am y gacynen Asiaidd ar gael ar dudalen golygfeydd cyrn Asiaidd Defra ac ar ein tudalen cyrn Asiaidd BeeBase. Dylech gyfeirio pob ymholiad gan y cyfryngau at Swyddfa'r Wasg Defra: 0330 0416560.

    Defnyddiwch yr ap Gwylio Hornet Asiaidd ar gyfer Android ac iPhone i roi gwybod am olygfeydd.