Dear Members,

Hopefully, most of you will have managed to at least start your varroa treatments, but there is still time to do so early in September if you are a bit behind. You can do this while temperatures remain relatively high.

Read more: September 2022

Dear Members,

Hopefully, if you have not lost too many swarms you will be seeing your supers fill up with honey during July. This is the month that, as colonies will be at their strongest, don’t forget that a lot of hatching bees also means a lot of hatching varroa mites - so, be prepared, and if you have not done so already, order your varroa treatments to use next month.

Read more: July 2022

Dear Members,

June is the ‘silver spoon month’ for swarming. The old adage of ”a swarm in May is worth a load of hay, in June a silver spoon, and in July - not worth a fly” means that swarms caught this month have the potential to form a colony strong enough to get through the winter, and maybe even give some honey.

Read more: June 2022

Dear Members,

The Beekeeping season is now in full swing. The streets are alive with blossom and the nasty cold snap in early April is hopefully not going to be repeated. 

Read more: May 2022

BeeBase

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  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies
    22 September 2022
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in:
    • Wales: Whole country, but particularly north and Ceredigion.
    • South West: Whole region
    • West: Avon, Staffordshire, Shropshire
    • East: Norfolk, but particularly north
    • North East: Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire
    • North West: Greater Sheffield area (SW Yorkshire, NW Derbyshire)
    • Central: Northamptonshire, North Buckinghamshire, Hampshire
    • South East: Kent, East Sussex

    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.
  • Credible sighting of a single Asian hornet near Chelmsford, Essex
    26 August 2022
    National Bee Unit inspectors are carrying out enhanced surveillance near Chelmsford, in response to a compelling report of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).

    Further information regarding the yellow-legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. For media enquiries, please contact the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    We ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase by logging in and updating their my apiaries page, report suspected sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form.

  • BeeBase Email Outage
    18 August 2022
    During the period Midday 12th August to Midday 17th August, some automated emails from BeeBase will not have been sent. 

    Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request. 

    Some systems affected included:
    • Password reset emails
    • Username reminders

    All emails are now being processed as normal
    .