Dear Members,

Hopefully, if you have not lost too many swarms you will be seeing your supers fill up with honey during July. This is the month that, as colonies will be at their strongest, don’t forget that a lot of hatching bees also means a lot of hatching varroa mites - so, be prepared, and if you have not done so already, order your varroa treatments to use next month.

Read more: July 2022

Dear Members,

June is the ‘silver spoon month’ for swarming. The old adage of ”a swarm in May is worth a load of hay, in June a silver spoon, and in July - not worth a fly” means that swarms caught this month have the potential to form a colony strong enough to get through the winter, and maybe even give some honey.

Read more: June 2022

Dear Members,

The observant among you may have noticed that the previously vacant Chair of the Association has now been filled!  With only a little pressure Andy Dixon has agreed to take on the Chair until the next AGM in February 2023.  This was agreed at our last Committee meeting and we are very grateful to Andy for agreeing to take on this task to keep Rugby Beekeepers running smoothly.

Read more: April 2022

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  • Advice Note - Wasps
    12 August 2022
    Many beekeepers are reporting the presence of large numbers of wasps in apiaries and around their bee hives. Please refer to the National Bee Unit factsheet on how to manage wasps: Wasp facts.

    Mae llawer o wenynwyr yn cofnodi presenoldeb nifer enfawr o wenyn meirch mewn gwenynfeydd ac o amgylch eu cychod gwenyn. Cyfeiriwch at daflen ffeithiau yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol ar sut i ddelio â gwenyn meirch: Ffeithiau gwenyn.


  • Interception of Honey Bee Queens at Dover
    08 August 2022
    The NBU were called to a consignment of queen bees that were being imported through Dover Port without the Health Certificate. This led to action being taken resulting in the Queen bees being humanely destroyed.


    Information on how to legally import honey bee Queens can be found on the imports/ export page at https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=126
  • Email Issue - FIXED
    19 July 2022
    We are currently experiencing some issues with outbound emails from Bee Base. The issue is being investigated.

    However, please note that you may not receive the following emails:
    • Password reset requests
    • Username reminder requests
    • Welcome emails for new users
    • 3km disease notifications

    Thank you for your patience.

    Update:All emails have now been sent out, and normal service resumed.