Dear Members,

The Zoom Warwickshire lecture on “Himalayan Balsam” helped me change my mind a little about this invasive plant. I was not aware it had been present since Victorian times as it only seems to have become a real problem in the last few years. 

Read more: October 2021

Dear Members,

As the active beekeeping season starts to draw to a close at the end of this month it is important to  make sure our bees are in good shape, healthy and with good stores (pollen and nectar) to prepare them to survive the long winter months ahead.

Read more: September 2021

Dear Members,

Our British weather has again not disappointed with a mini-heatwave in July that sent the bees out in full force to gather nectar from the limes, sweet chestnut, bramble and rosebay willowherb, all excellent sources of mid-season nectar.

Read more: August 2021

Dear Members,

Hopefully with the better weather we had in June, some of you have managed to take a crop of honey. In fact some days in June were so warm that I managed to drag out the solar extractor and melt down some of the frames I had removed when doing a shook swarm in May.

Read more: July 2021

Dear Members,

Well, last month I couldn’t believe that the weather would continue cold into May, but now it is also wet, and colder than usual, providing the bees and beekeepers with even more challenges.

Read more: June 2021

BeeBase

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  • Asian hornet nest killed in the Ascot area of Berkshire
    21 October 2021
    An Asian hornet nest in a poplar tree was killed in the Ascot area of Berkshire on Monday the 11th October. The nest measured approximately 35cm in diameter and monitoring will continue in the area supported by local beekeepers.

    Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on 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.
  • Asian hornet confirmed in the Ascot area of Berkshire
    08 October 2021
    A beekeeper in the Ascot area of Berkshire filmed live insects near a hive, photographed a dead Vespa velutina and reported the sighting using the using the ‘Asian hornet Watch' app.

    Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's news page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
  • Implementation Plan Published
    04 October 2021
    A new implementation plan has been published which sets out how Defra and the Welsh Government will work together with stakeholders to deliver the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.

    More than fifty actions have been developed in partnership with industry and stakeholders for beekeepers, bee farmers, bee associations and government to work on together, to protect honey bees from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats over the next 10 years.

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation 

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation - Welsh Version