Welcome to the Rugby Beekeepers Association website.

We are probably one of the smallest branch of the eight in Warwickshire, with around 50 members.

Nonetheless, we are a friendly and lively association and meet the third Wednesday of each month (outside of the beekeeping season), at Friends Meeting House (address provided below) when we have interesting talks from visiting experts on any number of beekeeping topics.

We also get together at our branch apiary to conduct various necessary manipulations of the bee colonies.

Please see the dates of our meetings here.

For those who are interested in starting the immensely satisfying hobby of beekeeping, we conduct a beginners’ beekeeping course in the Spring (usually February or March). This is an opportunity for those interested in beekeeping to meet others with the same interest, then over a sequence of talks by a team of experienced beekeepers, we provide sufficient information to enable each one to decide whether beekeeping is really for them. This is followed by two opportunities to actively participate in handling bees at our branch apiary. The course is limited to a maximum of 20 beginners, in order to ensure the right amount of personal contact for you with our beekeepers and the guest speakers.

Meetings are held at the following loction on these dates.

Friends Meeting House,
28 Regent Place Rugby
CV21 2PN

Topics for the meetings are announced on our Events Page.

For any further information, please contact us.

 

 


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  • 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
  • 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.