While beekeeping is a practical activity, the more you know about it, the more enjoyable it becomes, and the better results you will get from your hobby, whether this is obtaining honey, or keeping strong healthy colonies of bees.

The British Beekeeping Association has recognised this and provides British beekeepers with two routes to obtaining educationally recognised qualifications.

Read more: Education

Modified Baord

On Wednesday 15th March 2017, Rugby Beekeepers Association held their monthly meeting and Speaker for the evening was Peter Spencer (Coventry Branch).

Peter's talk was "Swarm Control Plan B. (without finding the queen)" and was informative, enlightening and peppered with amusing beekeeping anecdotes that the members thoroughly enjoyed.

Read more: Swarm Control Plan B (i.e. without finding the queen)

© Tim Riggs

Tim Riggs explains why gardeners need to protect pollinating insects, and suggests how.

One of the dreamy delights of a garden is  the sound of buzzing insects as they move from flower to flower, gorging on nectar and transferring or collecting pollen. If we like to save our own seed, or wish to encourage self-seeding, these pollinators are welcome agents of fertilisation, and of course they pollinate our apples, pears, plums and raspberries, but whether we benefit directly or not, we can enjoy their presence. A garden devoid of bees, hoverflies and butterflies is unthinkable.

Read more: Is your garden buzzing?

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  • Email Issues
    23 May 2019
    Please be aware we are currently experiencing issues with emails to nbu@apha.gov.uk

    In the interim, please direct email correspondence to nbuoffice@apha.gov.uk

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Swarms of honeybees
    15 May 2019
    The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:

    First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page.
  • E-Learning Module - Technical Issues
    09 May 2019
    Please note we are experiencing technical issues with our online e-learning courses.

    This has been reported to IT and is under investigation.

    Please accept our apologies for this and we will advise when they are back up and running.