Tips for the Month:

  • If you are within 3 miles of a Oil Seed Rape field ensure you remove and extract supers as soon as the rape flowers begin to die and fields start to show more green than yellow.

  • Book the Association extractor with Steve Martin via our Contact Us page

  • Add another super as soon as ¾ of the frames in the super are covered with bees.

  • Replace old dark frames. Try to recycle old frames at least every 3 years (once you are more experienced think about doing a shook swarm which replaces all the frames yearly and reduces varroa count) 

  • Continue to check for disease when inspecting, both on brood and on adult bees. Consult someone more experienced if you are concerned 

  •  Ensure you have enough empty hives or nuc boxes to do swarm control measures and/or for swarms collected. 

  •  Respond promptly to swarm call outs to prevent bees becoming a nuisance. 

  •  Ensure you have registered your apiary on BeeBase so that if there is disease located in our area you can be contacted by the bee inspectors to stop it spreading.


Beebase News Web feed
  • BeeBase Email Outage
    18 August 2022
    During the period Midday 12th August to Midday 17th August, some automated emails from BeeBase will not have been sent. 

    Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request. 

    Some systems affected included:
    • Password reset emails
    • Username reminders

    All emails are now being processed as normal
  • Advice Note - Wasps
    12 August 2022
    Many beekeepers are reporting the presence of large numbers of wasps in apiaries and around their bee hives. Please refer to the National Bee Unit factsheet on how to manage wasps: Wasp facts.

    Mae llawer o wenynwyr yn cofnodi presenoldeb nifer enfawr o wenyn meirch mewn gwenynfeydd ac o amgylch eu cychod gwenyn. Cyfeiriwch at daflen ffeithiau yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol ar sut i ddelio â gwenyn meirch: Ffeithiau gwenyn.

  • Interception of Honey Bee Queens at Dover
    08 August 2022
    The NBU were called to a consignment of queen bees that were being imported through Dover Port without the Health Certificate. This led to action being taken resulting in the Queen bees being humanely destroyed.

    Information on how to legally import honey bee Queens can be found on the imports/ export page at