Tips for the Month:

  • Continue 7 day inspections to prevent swarming where needed.

  • Ensure the Queen has space to lay in the broodbox and in poor weather that there are sufficient stores for the colony at least 2 brood frames full.

  • If you have a successfully mated a laying new queen from a split or swarm prevention, you may want to unite this colony with the original one, having removed the old queen. Use a sheet of newspaper held down to separate the colonies being united. After a week they will have chewed through and the brood can be interleaved in one box. Frames of stores can be kept to be used in the Autumn for winter stores.

  • If you want drawn frames for making up nucs, this is a good time when the hive is reaching its peak population to put a brood box with frames of foundation over a queen excluder to encourage frames to be drawn out which can be used in nucs or shook swarms.

  • Open entrances to the wide setting to stop congestion at the hive entrance

  • Continue to add supers as needed

  • Remove sealed supers for extraction. Book the branch extractor - Select "Request the Branch Extractor" on the Contact Us form.

  • Check colonies for disease.

  • Ensure bees have access to water near the hives - they like shallow gravel beds.




Beebase News Web feed
  • Asian hornet confirmed in the Ascot area of Berkshire
    08 October 2021
    A beekeeper in the Ascot area of Berkshire filmed live insects near a hive, photographed a dead Vespa velutina and reported the sighting using the using the ‘Asian hornet Watch' app.

    Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's news page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
  • Implementation Plan Published
    04 October 2021
    A new implementation plan has been published which sets out how Defra and the Welsh Government will work together with stakeholders to deliver the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.

    More than fifty actions have been developed in partnership with industry and stakeholders for beekeepers, bee farmers, bee associations and government to work on together, to protect honey bees from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats over the next 10 years.

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation 

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation - Welsh Version

  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy
    23 September 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:

    •  East England: Norfolk.
    •  North West England: West Yorkshire.
    •  North East Wales: Flintshire, Denbighshire & Wrexham.
    •  Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil.

    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs 

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.