The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be hosting or attending the following events in 2021:

For a review of past events in 2020, please click here.

RBKA monthly meetings

Mettings are currently held on the second Wednesday of the month.

  • January 13th 2021 - 'Bees Abroad'

James Taylor will be discussing the valuable work done by this charity which promotes beekeeping in Sub Saharan Africa, enabling a sustainable future for many people stricken by poverty and the effects of climate change.
By James Taylor
Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • February 17th 2021 - AGM

 Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • March 10th 2021 - Kirsty Stanton - Bee Diseases (Introduction  to bee viruses /DWV/CBPV and Sacbrood. Also, a look at Kirsty's new research project!)

Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • April 14th 2021 - Barbara Dalby - Apitherapy (using bee products for health and healing)

Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • May 1st 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - 2.00pmBasics of an inspection

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • May 12th 2021 - Group discussion about current beekeeping issues (Bring your ideas and concerns)

Online Zoom meeting by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • (rescheduled due to weather) May 30th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Identify swarming potential

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • June 26th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Disease identification

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • July 24th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Clearing and extracting honey

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • July 25th 2021 12:00 to 5pm - Wolston & Brandon Walkabout

Come along to support the branch or offer to volunteer to help out (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • August 21st 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Uniting colonies and Varroa identification and treatment

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • September 18th 2021 2.00pm - Apiary visit - Inspections Topic: Preparation for winter

Branch Apiary by invite (see your inbox or please contact us)

  • October 6th - Branch Meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Celia Davis - “Preparing for and supporting winter bees”

  • November 3rd - Branch Meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Gerry Collins - “What’s going on with my bees”

  • December 1st Christmas Social.  Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Bring and share a dish/snacks and join in “Turkey Foot” (fun dominoes) and win some Xmas cheer!

  • Throughout December 

Festival of Trees - St Andrews Parish Church, Rugby town Centre 

Drop in to view the trees and vote!

  • 9th December 

Crakerteria Christmas Dinner, 

In the precinct near Iceland

Let Margaret know if you are interested and details will be sent to you. 

  • January 5th 2022 - Branch Meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Chris Park - “Making mead and other Honey drinks”

Other events of note for our members:

Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Event Calendar

CABK  & BIBBA Webinars

For those of you who are enjoying all the online talks and webinars, both the CABK and BIBBA still have a schedule of online talks taking place. 

Details are available on the BIBBA website

Details are available on the CABK website

If you are aware of additional events that may interest our members, or are interested in the Rugby Beekeepers Association attending your event, please contact us.

 


BeeBase

Beebase News Web feed
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies / Swyddi gwag - Arolygwyr Gwenyn Tymhorol (SBI)
    03 January 2023
    The National Bee Unit currently has  Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in:
    • Wales: North and Ceredigion.
    • West: Staffordshire, Shropshire
    • East: Norfolk, but particularly north
    • North East: Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire

    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 region.

    Ar hyn o bryd, mae gan yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol swyddi gwag ar gyfer Arolygwyr Gwenyn Tymhorol yn y rhanbarthau canlynol:
    • Cymru: Ceredigion a'r gogledd yn bennaf.
    • Gorllewin: Swydd Stafford a Swydd Henffordd
    • Dwyrain: Norfolk, ond ardal y gogledd yn bennaf
    • Gogledd Ddwyrain: Swydd Lincoln a Swydd Dwyrain Efrog


    Os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn gwneud cais ar gyfer y swyddi hyn, gellir dod o hyd i'r holl fanylion ar Swyddi'r Gwasanaeth Sifil.

    Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau am y rôl, cysylltwch â'r Arolygydd Gwenyn Rhanbarthol ar gyfer y rhanbarth.
  • Annual National Hive Count Commences / Y Cyfrif Cychod Gwenyn Cenedlaethol Blynyddol yn Dechrau
    01 November 2022
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to launch the 2022 National Hive Count today, 1st of November.

    The hard slog of summer beekeeping is done so make yourself a nice cup of tea, grab your laptop and sink into your favourite chair. It’s time to update your BeeBase records!

    We would like to ask all beekeepers to please login to BeeBase and make a note of the total number of colonies you will be taking into the winter as of 1st November 2022. This task is quick and simple, just click here, login and fill in the short form. Even if you have no overwintering colonies this season it is still important to update your BeeBase record to reflect that. This survey will run until 31st December 2022.

    For more information about the Hive Count click here.

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    Mae'n bleser gan yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol lansio Cyfrif Cychod Gwenyn 2022 heddiw, 1 Tachwedd.

    Mae'r haf hir o gadw gwenyn wedi mynd heibio felly gwnewch baned o de, estynwch eich gliniadur ac ymlaciwch yn eich hoff gadair. Mae'n amser i chi ddiweddaru'ch cofnodion BeeBase!

    Hoffem ofyn i wenynwyr fewngofnodi i BeeBase a gwneud nodyn o gyfanswm nifer y nythfeydd a fydd gennych dros y gaeaf o 1 Tachwedd 2022. Mae'r dasg hon yn un syml a byr, cliciwch yma, mewngofnodwch a chwblhewch y ffurflen. Hyd yn oed os nad oes gennych nythfeydd sy'n gaeafu y tymor hwn, mae'n dal yn bwysig eich bod yn diweddaru eich cofnod BeeBase i gadarnhau hynny. Bydd yr arolwg hwn yn para tan 31 Rhagfyr 2022.

    I gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y Cyfrif Cychod Gwenyn cliciwch yma.
  • Credible sighting of a single Asian hornet in Dover, Kent
    06 October 2022
    National Bee Unit inspectors carried out enhanced surveillance in Dover after a member of the public took a clear photo of an Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) before it flew away.  No further insects were seen.

    Local Asian Hornet Teams have been alerted and are continuing to observe forage and monitor insects in the area.

    The National Bee Unit is encouraging beekeepers and the public to remain vigilant, especially near ivy in full flower which is particularly attractive to Vespa velutina.

    Please report sightings of Vespa velutina using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form. Please direct all media enquires to Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560