Tips for the Month:

  • Do a final check to make sure colonies have sufficient stores to get through Winter

  • Ensure colonies have enough stores for winter - either a full super(20 -25 lbs) and at least 4 brood frames(20lbs) that is a total of 40- 45 lbs (18 to 20 Kg) - calculate a full brood frame at 5lbs or 2.2Kg - so 8 brood frames if you are not overwintering with a super.  If colonies have less than this, feed with sugar syrup until these levels are reached by the end of October.

  •  Heft or weigh hives.  They should feel almost nailed to the ground at this point..

  • Ensure your hives are bee-tight with no small holes or gaps that wasps or robber bees can penetrate

  •  Put in mouse guards to prevent mice finding a nice warm pantry to spend the winter in.

  •  Either strap down hives or place a heavy brick or stone on the roof to prevent it being blown off in high winds.

  •  If there are green woodpeckers near your hives, protect them with wire netting to prevent the woodpecker’s long beak reaching the wood and making a hole to get at the bees.  Some people dangle strips of plastic as a deterrent (I am not sure if this works!)




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.