Tips for the Month:
  • If you plan to use Oxalic acid (not all beekeepers do) make sure you use the only currently approved treatment - Api-Bioxal.  Also as this treatment affects brood, only use it after a prolonged cold period when the queen stops laying, and only use it on a strong colony or you may lose your bees after this treatment. Of course also observe the safety instructions on the pack as this is a toxic substance.
Read more: January 2017

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 2016

Tips for the Month:
  • Make sure your mouse guards are in place, or at least reduce entrances to 1 bee space.  Mice can get through incredibly small holes by turning their heads sidewards and their bodies are quite flexible, so ⅜ inch is suggested, or use a mouse guard.
Read more: November 2016

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  • Varroa a reportable pest
    22 July 2021
    The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2021, The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2021 and The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Amendment Order 2021 make Varroa a reportable pest effective 21st April 2021. To find out how you can report varroa please visit https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/BeeDiseases/report-varroa.cfm
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy
    01 July 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in South Kent & East Sussex area.
    If you are interested in applying for this job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Sandra Gray (Regional Bee Inspector for South East) – 07775119430, Sandra.gray@apha.gov.uk.
  • Regional Bee Inspector (RBI) vacancies
    01 July 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has two Regional Bee Inspector (RBI) vacancies advertised in the Western and Central Regions.
    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
    If you have any questions regarding these positions, please contact Cristina Ruiz (National Bee Inspector) – 07976242798, Cristina.Ruiz@apha.gov.uk.