Dear Member

At our November meeting Margaret Murdin gave an impassioned talk about the Asian Hornet and the threat it poses not only to beekeepers but to pollinators in general. Apparently in France it is estimated to have decimated the pollinator population by 30%. You can imagine the impact this will have on agriculture and the general economy, so she says the UK government has committed to a policy of total eradication of this non-native species. She outlined the panoply of agencies that come into play when a sighting of an Asian Hornet is confirmed, but essentially it will be down to the team of bee inspectors to do the detective work in finding and destroying nests.

Read more: December 2018

Dear Member

Well it has been a busy month for Honey shows and for those brave souls who have put in entries and received awards.

Congratulations also to those six people who gained their Basic Beekeeping Assessment certificates and badge: Fran Payne, Tim Belk, Gillian Berridge, Andrea Clark, Hayley Kenney, Martin Wibberley. This is a recognition that they are on the road to becoming good beekeepers and means they can continue their education through the BBKA modules or general husbandry route. With this ‘driving licence’ they are now safe on the road (and in the Apiary)!

Read more: November 2018

Dear Member

As the days shorten the active beekeeping season comes to an end, but really this is the start of the next beekeeping season as if we have healthy well fed bees going into winter they will have a good start next spring to build up to strong colonies once the warmer weather arrives.

Read more: October 2018

Dear Member

Our Summer social went off well this year with old and new beekeepers sharing lovely food; the weather was kind - no rain, no extreme temperatures, and Rowan once again provided a bright cherry red marquee to give it a festive edge.

Read more: September 2018

Dear Member

Well, this summer is certainly breaking all the records for hot dry weather. My bees suffered from the long cold winter and were much weaker than usual at the start of the season, but this long stretch of dry warm weather has meant they have been out foraging every day and the result is that they have all built up into strong colonies.

Read more: August 2018

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  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies
    22 September 2022
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in:
    • Wales: Whole country, but particularly north and Ceredigion.
    • South West: Whole region
    • West: Avon, Staffordshire, Shropshire
    • East: Norfolk, but particularly north
    • North East: Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire
    • North West: Greater Sheffield area (SW Yorkshire, NW Derbyshire)
    • Central: Northamptonshire, North Buckinghamshire, Hampshire
    • South East: Kent, East Sussex

    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the region.
  • Credible sighting of a single Asian hornet near Chelmsford, Essex
    26 August 2022
    National Bee Unit inspectors are carrying out enhanced surveillance near Chelmsford, in response to a compelling report of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).

    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. For media enquiries, please contact the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    We ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase by logging in and updating their my apiaries page, report suspected sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form.

  • BeeBase Email Outage
    18 August 2022
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    Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request. 

    Some systems affected included:
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