Rugby beekeepers offer an introduction to beekeeping course each year. 

Many of those who have attended have continued their interest and become beekeepers, which is terrific, but not essential. There are those who simply want to know more.

We welcome all comers for whatever their reason.

NOTICE : DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID SITUATION, PLANS FOR THE 2021 COURSE ARE STILL BEING CONSIDERED AND BEING REVIEWED ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

PLEASE CONTACT US TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AND ENQUIRE INTO OUR COURSE

The course is run over two weekends, generally in February or March and is timed to give those who have taken the course a chance to decide whether or not to start to keep bees and purchase necessary equipment before the season gets underway.

2020's course will be held on 29th February and 7th March 2020.

It is a broad brush approach covering all the main topics in sufficient depth to allow an understanding of what the hobby will entail but it will necessarily leave a lot of reading to the individual to fully understand more than just the basics.

It will cover a little history, necessary equipment, practical information regarding how to take care of the bees, diseases and how we deal with them.

The course is run by several members of Rugby beekeepers, all of whom are available to discuss aspects of the subject, share experiences and enthusiasm.

As part of the course we offer practical support and mentorship to all those who choose to become beekeepers.

We have a branch apiary where hands on experience and confidence can be gained throughout the summer months.

The course also includes lunch, refreshments and honey cakes cooked by our members. In addition, the charge also covers an excellent basic manual, notebook and pen and continued support throughout the year.

Please note that we have limited places. Cut-off for applications is 31/01/2020.

NOTICE : DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID SITUATION, PLANS FOR THE 2021 COURSE ARE STILL BEING CONSIDERED AND BEING REVIEWED ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

Please click here to register your interest.

Click here to download the 2020 course flyer.


BeeBase

Beebase News Web feed
  • Julian Parker – Head of APHA’s National Bee Unit.
    23 November 2020
    Following a recent recruitment process Julian Parker has been appointed as Head of the National Bee Unit (NBU) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency. Within the NBU Julian has previously been Acting Head as well as National Bee Inspector and before that Regional Bee Inspector for Southern and South East Regions. Julian has over 12 years operational experience with the NBU including leading outbreak situations. Julian is also well known in the wider beekeeping community and his expertise is highly respected across Defra and Welsh Government as well as with Bee Health stakeholders. He has also played a key role in the review of the 2020 Healthy Bees Plan and will now play a significant role in delivering the Healthy Bee Plan 2030. Many congratulations Julian.
  • Email issues
    16 November 2020
    If you have sent an email to nbu@apha.gov.uk between the 10th November and the 16th November, due to a system failure your message has not been received. Please resend your messages, we apologise for the inconvenience.
  • Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Published
    03 November 2020
    Defra, Welsh Government and the National Bee Unit have worked with stakeholders to produce a review of progress made under the Healthy Bees Plan, a ten-year plan introduced in 2009 to improve honey bee health across England and Wales. Following this review, a new plan entitled the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 has been published today to carry on this important work.

    Welcoming the new plan, Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said:

    I am delighted that today we are publishing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which is Defra’s and Welsh Government’s joint framework for continued action to improve honey bee health in England and Wales over the next ten years. Protecting our honey bees is vital because of the benefits they bring through pollination of flowers and crops, honey production and our well-being. Bee health stakeholders have had a key role in developing this new Healthy Bees Plan and we look forward to continuing to work together as we implement the plan.

    Ceri Witchard, Deputy Director for Land, Nature and Forestry at Welsh Government, said:

    The Healthy Bees Plan 2009 was published with the aim of achieving a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Wales and England. Our overall aim has not changed. However, the experiences we have gained and the relationships we have built within the Bee Health Advisory Forum now put us in a firmer position to face new risks and challenges to honey bees. I am grateful to the Forum and other stakeholders for their commitment and contributions in developing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030.