Another interesting and at times difficult year for our bees, with an early start to the season soon followed very quickly for the need to feed due to lack forage, due again to unseasonal weather conditions through the spring and summer.  We are hoping that many of you will have a good honey yield and will be keen to show other members not only your Bees’ hard work but also yours. 

Read more: Honey Show 2019

Dysentery on brood frames © Gareth Taylor

Saturday, 6th April 2019

Brinklow Church Hall 9.00am to 12 noon

Nosema is a hidden killer and is one of the main reasons for colonies not surviving winter or failing to thrive. Nosema may also cause serious losses of adult bees and colonies (including the queen) in autumn and spring.

Read more: Bee Health Day 2019

St Andrews parish church held their Festival of Christmas Trees event again and 2018's theme for the festival was ‘Eco and Recycling’.  As always, the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for charities that support the local community. This year, in addition to the work of the church, Gift of Years, Rugby and Futures Unlocked were supported.

Read more: St Andrew’s Festival of Christmas Trees

Our Bees have had yet another difficult year to contend with, with many bee keepers wondering if their bees had survived the Beast from the East, followed by the worry of when would the forage begin. Begin it did it with some wonderful weeks of sunshine and extreme heat, I know I was very pre-occupied with ensuring that water was available at all times and often found the odd bee in the kitchen sink helping themselves.

Read more: Honey Show 2018
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  • Social science study on how best to support beekeepers and bee farmers through education, information and advice
    20 January 2021
    Understanding how turnover (“churn”) among beekeepers can be managed and review information sources, learning methods and use of social media, to develop resources to support the beekeeping sector.

    Defra and Welsh Government have commissioned a social science study to gather information about different aspects of education and training. This includes getting a better understanding of how the turnover of beekeepers can be managed. It will also review information sources, learning methods and use of social media. The third part of the project will evaluate current continuous professional development schemes and resources to support bee farmers. The study which has just begun, has been contracted to ICF Consulting who have carried out a number of research projects in other areas for Defra. We are hoping that many beekeepers will participate in the project which will include a survey and further details will be announced soon.

    This work links into the Healthy Bees Plan 2030, working together to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.
  • COVID-19 and Beekeeping update
    11 January 2021
    This is a re-issue of the guidance provided in October 2020:

    Please find the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance. The update includes separate links to the current Public Health Guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.

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    If you have any queries please contact:

    For England: BeeHealth.Info@defra.gov.uk
    For Wales: HoneyBeeHealth@gov.wales / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymru
    For Scotland: Bees_Mailbox@gov.scot
  • Starvation and Varroa Alert
    04 December 2020
    Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food.

    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. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily.

    For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167

    It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allowed an increase in mite reproduction.

    Please monitor mite levels and treat accordingly.

    For further information, please see the’ Managing Varroa’ Advisory leaflet on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167