Tips for the Month:

  • Don’t be tempted to open the hive for the next few months, but check what you can from the exterior - take out the varroa tray and inspect it for signs of activity, in good weather see if the bees are taking evacuation flights (getting rid of waste matter in their rectum).

Read more: January 2018

Tips for the Month:

  • There used to be an old custom of putting a block of fondant feed on the hives as a Christmas present for the bees. If you made sure your bees had 40 lbs of stores in Autumn they should be OK without a Christmas present, but being generous never hurt.

Read more: December 2017

Tips for the Month:

  • Secure the roofs of your hives with a brick or strap the broodbox and lid together as a precaution against the strong winds we are having, also, should they be knocked over by animals or people, this will protect the bees.

Read more: November 2017


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.