Dear Member,

The sharp-eyed amongst you, like Bruce, will have noticed two errors in last month’s newsletter - the date for Tradex at Stoneleigh is the 5th of March (not the 10th’) and our AGM was on the 17th February, not the 18th’ Apologies to all those misled by my errors.

Read more: March 2016

Dear Member,

Those of you who attended Celia Davis’ talk in January are now all aware of how important pollen is for both winter and summer bees. She stressed that pollen, both in quantity and variety was crucially important for the production of a protein vitellogenin which is essential to sustain bees, and which may even act as a protective agent against disease. So, make sure your hives have access throughout the seasons to different plants rich in pollen.

Read more: February 2016

Dear Member,

Well as we come into the new year, I hope you all have a happy and successful beekeeping year in 2016!

Our Christmas social meeting in December went off well despite missing Steve Brown’s delicious smoked salmon, members excelled themselves in providing a wonderful spread of delicious food, ranging from home-made bread to scrummy chocolate fudge cake. Dave Bonner ran an enjoyable quiz, pitting 4 teams against one another.

Read more: January 2016

Dear Member,

Our next branch meeting at Friends Meeting House is on Wednesday December the 16th at 7.30pm.

Traditionally we have had a ‘bring and share’ supper with everyone contributing something tasty to be shared. This means we usually have a wonderful spread to be enjoyed together.

Read more: December 2015

Dear Member,

Well our Honey Show in October was a success - thank you all who entered and came along to support.

Hopefully some of you will manage to attend the County lecture at Stoneleigh on the 6th November, if not put the date of the next one, 6th February 2016, in your diaries.

Read more: November 2015


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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.