Dear Members,

I am sure you have all noticed that we have had a very mild and wet winter so far. Not really good news for our bees as it means that they have been more active than expected and as a result consuming more of their winter stores. 

Read more: February 2020

Dear Members,

Well here we are at the start of another year - 2020 - an evenly balanced number! I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are ready for the new year with the new equipment which was waiting for you under the Christmas tree.

Happy New Year from me, and all members of the Rugby Beekeepers’ committee. Let’s hope that the next year proves a good one for you and your bees and that we keep the Asian Hornet and any other non-native species at bay for another year.

Read more: January 2020

Dear Members,

I was interested to see in the BBKA newsletter the results of the 2019 Honey Survey which indicated that the number of beekeepers replying falls off sharply after two years. Although this could mean that after two years people mostly stop sending in their answers to BBKA, I think it is probably the case that many people drop out of beekeeping after 2 years when they become aware of the complexity and time involved.

Read more: December 2019

Dear Members,

Our Honey Show was again beautifully organized by Fran and it was wonderful to see our youngest member, Dean Oldfield sweep up two firsts with his Novice honey and honey cake.

Gail Plester also managed to take the cup for the most points in show, with Steve Brown a close runner up. Rowan Moore has retained the cup for best light honey - he is the one to aim to beat next time round.

Read more: November 2019

Dear Members,

I am surprised that no matter how often I attend beekeeping lectures, I always hear something new and feel enthused to learn more. Graham Royal, at our September meeting, stressed that beekeepers need to keep up to date with changes in the climate and environment as well as beekeeping research and adjust their practice accordingly to get maximal rewards from their beekeeping . Of course this is common sense, but sometimes it helps to bring it into the light.

Read more: October 2019

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  • This week (13-19 July) is Bees’ Needs Week
    10 July 2020
    Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign co-ordinated by Defra to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and to provide practical advice on what we can all do to support them. Many organisations are working together to encourage everyone who can, to do simple things at home - like growing more flowers and cutting grass less often - to help our precious pollinators thrive, and to engage further with nature through citizen science initiatives.
    There’s more information on the Bees’ Needs Website. Throughout the week a variety of content will be shared online including:
    • Why bees are important animation
    • Day in the life of a beekeeper video
    • Educational resources including bumble bee identification
    • Information on the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
    Get involved with Bees’ Needs Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BeesNeeds
  • New Presentations Online
    11 June 2020
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
    Asian Hornet Biology
    Asian Hornet Genetics
    European foulbrood

    The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
    Please do contact us with your feedback.
  • DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES PROVIDED BY SASA DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
    09 April 2020
    Scottish beekeepers; please read the attached information note from Scottish Government.

    DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES PROVIDED BY SASA DURING COVID-19 CRISIS