The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be hosting or attending the following events in 2022:

For a review of past events in 2021, please click here.

RBKA monthly meetings

Meetings are currently held on the first Wednesday of the month.

When face to face meetings are appropriate, then they will typically be held at :

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

  • January 5th 2022 - Zoom Meeting (watch your inbox for details)

Chris Park - “Making mead and other Honey drinks”

  • February 2nd 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

Annual General Meeting & Review of the year and plans for 2022

  • February 12th 2022 - Beginners Course (Part 1) : Face to Face

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Let us know if you would like to help on either day

  • March 2nd 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

Frame building and general chat

  • March 5th 2022 -  Beginners Course (Part 2) : Face to Face

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Let us know if you would like to help on either day

  • March 12th 2022 - Bee Tradex, Stoneleigh

Tickets here

  • April 2nd 2022 - Apiary Meeting : Branch Apiary

Inspection and manipulation of a colony

Please inform Margaret or Martin if you would like to attend

  • April 6th 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

7:30pm Gerry Collins - “What’s going on with my bees”

Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

  • April 9th 2022 - Branch Apiary

2pm Inspection and manipulation of a colony

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • May 4th 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

7:30pm Swarm Control Measures - video and discussion

  • May 7th 2022 - Branch Apiary

2pm : Doing an artificial swarm

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • June 1st 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

7:30pm Question and Answer session

  • June 4th 2022 - Branch Apiary

2pm : Disease Inspection

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • July 2022 - RBKA Summer Social

Bring and share lunch - Details TBA

  • August 3rd 2022 - Pub Supper

Details TBA

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.