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

Dear Members,

While February is often a wet and windy month, this year with three major storms and extreme weather warnings in our area it has also been a difficult month for our bees. They should have been out collecting the pollen bounty on offer from the early Spring flowers (which too have been battered by the wind and rain), but instead, they have been confined to their hives.

Read more: March 2022

Dear Members,

Along with our bees, February is the time beekeepers start gearing up for the season ahead. Hopefully, by the end of February, you will have cleaned all your equipment, got your plans ready for the next year, made sure you have assessed how many frames and wax you need to do those artificial swarms or shook swarms ready to snap up bargains at the trade show or order online before the spring rush.  

Read more: February 2022

Happy New Year.

As we move into 2022 we hope that the restrictions Covid has imposed on us will lessen, and our beekeeping will benefit from meeting other beekeepers and sharing experiences and knowledge at our monthly meetings and at trade shows and the annual national beekeeping Conferences across the UK and Ireland.

Read more: January 2022

Dear Members,

As our Calendar year draws to a close this is a good time to do a little study to improve your beekeeping knowledge and practice.  At our November meeting Jane Medway mentioned that a course is being organized to assist beekeepers who want to undertake the Basic Assessment in beekeeping.

Read more: December 2021


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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
    During the period Midday 12th August to Midday 17th August, some automated emails from BeeBase will not have been sent. 

    Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request. 

    Some systems affected included:
    • Password reset emails
    • Username reminders

    All emails are now being processed as normal