May 2017
Dear Member

We are well into the swarming season as can be seen from the swarm map. Please continue to let Rowan know if you have collected a swarm so that we can make this as accurate a record as possible.

I collected a swarm this year that reminded me that swarm collection is also about paying attention to bees ‘normal’ behaviour as well as how their behaviour differs in swarming mode.

Read more: June 2017

May 2017
Dear Member
Hopefully your hives are all building up well and are ready to take advantage of the forage available over the next few months which will promise a good honey crop. The blossom this spring has been spectacular, but as for beekeeping, the downside of the dry, and sometimes cold, weather has been that flowers release less nectar in these conditions, although pollen fortunately remains plentiful.

Read more: May 2017

April 2017
Dear Member
This is the month that keeps beekeepers on their toes. Colonies should be building up steadily - in fact some members are reporting that with the mild winter their colonies are already full of new bees as the queen has been laying throughout the winter. Perhaps our bees are taking on the characteristics of Italian bees - if only we get the same summer weather to support them!

Read more: April 2017

March 2017
Dear Member
We had a good turnout for our AGM. Thanks to all who attended and voted in the new committee. I have taken over the chair from Steve Brown who gave an entertaining and informative talk on what he had learned from his beekeeping mistakes, reminding us all of the lessons to be learnt from experience.

Read more: March 2017

© Bruce Roberts

February 2017
Dear Member
Our beekeeping year is kicking off with an AGM on Wednesday 15th February.  I know AGM’s are not everyone’s idea of a fun night out, so we try to keep it as sweet and short as possible, and our current Chair, Steve, will then be entertaining us with his ‘Chairman’s choice’.

Read more: February 2017


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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 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 (

    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.