The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be attending the following events in 2018:

For a review of past events in 2017, please click here.

January 17th 2018 - 'Communication in Honey bees'
An intriguing explanation on how honey bees communicate with each other.
By Celia Rudland
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

3rd and 10th February 2018 - Beginners Course 2018
Brinklow Community Hall

February 28th 2018 - AGM
We will be running a Door Prize to members this year.
Please attend for entry!
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

March 21st 2018 - Swarm Collecting
Tales and advice from various members with the experiences that count.
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

April 18th 2018 - Varroa Control 2018 - with and without chemicals
By Bob Smith NDB
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

April 21st 2018 - Apiary Session - Manipulation and inspection of the colony:
Lighting and using the smoker, Using and holding the hive tool, Removing and manipulating frames for inspection. How to conduct an inspection of the colony. Recording.
Please note that Apiary sessions are provisional outlines dependent on the vagaries of beekeeping)

May 7th 2018 - Rugby Spring Fair
The branch will be hosting a marquee at the Rugby Spring Fair
at the Whitehall Recreation Ground, Hillmorton Road in Rugby.
Please get in touch if you would like to help out.

May 16th 2018 - General Discussion
A Speakerless meeting to discuss your current beekeeping situations.
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

May 19th 2018 - Apiary Session - Doing an Artificial Swarm:
Finding the queen, Understanding why timings are important for future actions, Using a Nuc as an alternative swarm control measure. Recording.
Please note that Apiary sessions are provisional outlines dependent on the vagaries of beekeeping)

June 9th 2018 - 3:30pm Apiary Session - Disease Inspection:
How a disease inspection differs from a regular inspection, Identifying healthy and unhealthy brood, laying workers or drone laying queens. Recording
Please note that Apiary sessions are provisional outlines dependent on the vagaries of beekeeping)

June 16th 2018 - Dunchurch Fete:
The branch will be hosting a marquee at the Dunchurch Fete
at the Dunchurch SportsField, Rugby Road, Dunchurch.
Please get in touch if you would like to help out.

June 20th 2018 - Heat Treatment For Varroa
Tim Belk gives a talk on his experiences heat treating for varroa without chemicals. 
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

July 7th 2018 - Thurlaston Fete:
The branch will be hosting a marquee at the Thurlaston Fete
on and around Main Street, Thurlaston

July 18th 2018 - Social Gathering (at the pub):
Please see your newsletter for details.

July 21st 2018 - 3:30pm Apiary Session - Preparing for extraction:
How to use a clearer board. What to do with empty supers, When and how to feed, Assessing local forage and how much to feed. Recording
Please note that Apiary sessions are provisional outlines dependent on the vagaries of beekeeping)

August 5th 2018 - Elliot's Field Stall:
In conjunction with Elliot's Field and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the branch will ahve a stall at Elliot's Field in Rugby.
Please get in touch if you would like to help out.

August 18th 2018 - 11am Apiary Session - Assessing varroa load and treatments
Counting varroa drop, IPM (integrated pest management), legal requirements for recording treatments. Recording
Please note that Apiary sessions are provisional outlines dependent on the vagaries of beekeeping)

August 18th 2018 - 1:30pm Bring & Share Summer Social (in the garden)
Please see your newsletter for details.

September 15th 2018 - 3:30pm Apiary Session - Preparing for winter:
Assessing winter stores, preparing the hive against pests, Storage of empty combs over winter to prevent wax moth damage.
Please note that Apiary sessions are provisional outlines dependent on the vagaries of beekeeping)

September 19th 2018 - 'Pollen'
An opportunity to look closer at this essential resource for the honeybee.
By Bob Smith
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

October 20th 2018 - HONEY SHOW! – If you have honey enter it in the show….
Full details can be found here.
United Reformed Church Hall, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5AD.

November 21st 2018 - 'Hornets'
Our guest speaker will be looking at the facts behind these fascinating predators.
By Margaret Murdin
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

December 5th 2018 - 'Christmas Social'
Bring & Share Supper and fun with a 'turkey foot' game!
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

For a look ahead to the scheduled events for 2019, please click here.

Other events of note for our members:

Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Event Calendar

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

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  • LAST CHANCE: to answer our survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. For those of who haven’t yet had chance to answer the survey there is still time but it closes tomorrow. For further details please see below.

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. I'r rhai nad ydynt wedi cael cyfle eto i ateb yr arolwg mae amser o hyd ond mae'n cau yfory. Am fanylion pellach gweler isod.

    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 short questionnaire is 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. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

    Please go to https://eu5se.voxco.com/S2/87/healthy_bees/ to complete the survey by 21 April.

    Defnyddiwch y ddolen hon i gwblhau'r arolwg erbyn 21/04/2021.
  • 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.