Tips for the Month:

  • Continue to monitor stores on all colonies every few weeks by weighing or hefting. Feed fondant on top of the crown board over the feed hole if the hive seems light.

     

  • If you start to feed your bees you need to continue until nectar and pollen become available - possibly by the end of March.

  • Ensure bees have access to water near the hives - used to dilute fondant or crystallized stores.

  • If you see pollen being brought in later in the month from early snowdrops and hellebores, this indicates brood may be being reared and more stores will be required.

  • Ensure hives are strapped up, or put a brick or stone on the lid to ensure lids are not blown off in windy weather.

  • Review your hive records and plan what you intend to do next year - e.g. which hives to breed from and what equipment to order.

  • Clean equipment on a cold day - propolis and wax are brittle and will come off easily using your hive tool to scrape QE, hive boxes, and crown boards clean, then flame them to destroy pathogens.

  • Use the time to do some study to increase your enjoyment and interest in beekeeping. Check out the BBKA website for information.


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    01 February 2021
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    Normal service will be resumed after this time.
  • 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