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
  • 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: https://nationalbeeunit.com/secure/beekeeper/hiveCensus.cfm


    More details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found at:
    http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=362
  • 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.