Rugby Beekeepers’ Artisan Honey - straight from our hives to your table – 100% pure honey.

Our hobbyist beekeepers house their beehives within the wider Rugby area and their bees forage for nectar within three miles of the colony, so local honey means local.

Our summer months are spent working with the bees - inspecting, nurturing and finally extracting the bees' honey by hand - we keep it simple and pure - we spin the gorgeous golden liquid straight from the comb; gently filter it through a sieve; let it settle and then jar it up - ready to sell or just to taste ourselves!

Our simple, focussed and time dedicated approach to extracting honey means that none of the goodness is lost and this gentle process means there is little damage to the bees, comb or honey. Taste, aroma and health benefits are all encapsulated in one jar – it really is 100% pure honey.

Each jar has a depth of flavour unique to each colony of bees – nothing is added – it’s purely nectar from flowers and plants that the bees find and forage from the surrounding meadows, gardens, farmland and countryside, with a little pollen in for good measure.

Honey has been nature’s sweetener since 2100BC and this gift from nature has been used to tend to wounds in ancient Egyptians’ times, baked as honey cakes and offered as gifts to the gods in ancient Greek times and now more simply you could drizzle it all over a hot buttered crumpet!

As an Association we recommend our local beekeepers consider selling a 1/2 lb of honey for £4 and 1lb for £6; this is merely our guideline as we know their honey is worth it! Rugby Beekeepers exceptional honey is different to the regular honey on the supermarket shelves; you’ll know once you taste it for yourself. 100% pure artisan honey.

Please contact us to find your local beekeeper so you can enjoy local honey.

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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