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

Tips for the Month:

  • Check bees for disease by shaking the frames and closely examining the brood. If anything looks unusual consult an experienced beekeeper or contact the bee inspector for advice. It is not easy without a lot of experience to determine what is wrong.

Read more: September 2017

Tips for the Month:

  • After extracting honey from a super, return it to (the same) hive over the crown board with the feed hole open. The bees will clean it out and it can then be cleaned up and stored for use next year.
  • Store your cleaned supers outside with a board on the bottom of the stack and a cover on the top. Make sure they are bee-tight with no gaps for wasps or insects or mice to enter.
Read more: August 2017

Tips for the Month:

As long as the bees are still bringing in forage, add supers, but don’t give them new foundation to draw out if you can avoid it, and don’t ‘over-super’ at this time of the year, rather encourage the bees to fill and seal frames already on the hive - you can remove sealed frames and store them somewhere bee-safe until you extract, and then fill the gap in the super with an empty frame.

Read more: July 2017


Beebase News Web feed
  • Bee Health Advisory Forum - Science Advisor
    08 November 2021
    The Bee Health Advisory Forum brings Defra & Welsh Government policy and stakeholders together to discuss honey bee health issues and is inviting expressions of interest from applicants interested in being Bee Health Advisory Forum Science Advisors. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th December at 17:00.

    Full details about the role can be downloaded here and can be found on the Bee Health Advisory page. Please circulate to prospective advisors or feel free to apply.
  • The National Hive Count 2021
    02 November 2021
    The 2021 Hive Count launches today (2nd November)

    It is time to update your BeeBase records with the total number of overwintering hives as of 1st November 2021. You can do this by clicking this link to update your Hive Count:

    More details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found at:
  • Asian hornet nest killed in Portsmouth, Hampshire
    01 November 2021
    A report of Asian hornet in the Portsmouth area was received via the Asian Hornet Watch App on 29th October. The report was accompanied by clear photographs, allowing National Bee Unit inspectors to follow up the sighting quickly.

    An Asian hornet nest was located in a tree on Saturday 30th October and the nest was killed on Sunday 31st October. The nest will be sent to Fera for analysis and monitoring will continue in the area supported by local beekeepers.

    Further information regarding Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on our BeeBase Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    Use the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Android and Iphone to report sightings.