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

Due to the current Covid situation, branch meetings for the RBKA are being held online - see below, and via your email inbox.

Socially distanced branch apiary visits are taking place - see below, and via your email inbox.

We have now changed the beekeeping meeting date to the second Wednesday of the month to enable members to join other Zoom meetings that we are aware are being held on the third 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)

  • May 29th 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)

  • 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)

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
  • Survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved now closed
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. 

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. 

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

    A questionnaire was available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved. 

    The survey closed on 21 April
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (BeesMailbox@gov.scot).

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.