Warwick and Leamington Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Details of the Warwick and Leamington course can be found in the calendar section of the website

To be held at the National Beekeeping Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

  • Find out what beekeeping is all about.
  • Practical sessions on handling bees and hive assembly.
  • Theory sessions on the honey bee and bee husbandry.
  • Help with acquiring your own bees.
  • Mentoring.

2018 Course Fee £70

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Warwickshire County Honey Show – Saturday 30th September 2017

The Honey Show is being staged in the Oak Room of the Rural Innovation Centre (RIC) just behind the National Beekeeping Centre (NBC). It is a closed show for Associations and Branches within the County. There is no public access to the Show this year – the whole day is purely for Warwickshire Beekeepers to exhibit, be entertained and to socialise.

Staging of the exhibits is from 8.00-10.00am in the RIC with tea/coffee etc. being served in the NBC from 10.00am. Concurrent with the judging of exhibits in the RIC from 10.30am, there are two lectures being held in the main hall of the NBC:

10.30 Lecture 1 – ‘Nectar Preferences of Honeybees’ presented by Laura Jones of the Botanic Gardens of Wales. Since April 2016, plants in flower have been correlated, month by month, with pollen found in nectar / honey stored by the bees in the Garden’s hives.

12.00 Lecture 2 – ‘The Geological History of Britain’. The presenter, geologist Jo Hands of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, will focus on how the underlying rock strata affects our local flora and fauna.

Between 1.30 and 2.30pm there is a Bring and Share lunch during which members and exhibitors will have the opportunity to socialise. This is followed by a judges debrief after which the exhibits are open for general viewing. Prize giving is at 4.00pm with exhibits able to be collected from the stewards from approximately 4.30pm.

To enter, please use the Entry Form between 1st and 23rd September.

Asian Hornet Confirmed

October 4th 2016

There has been a confirmed finding of Asian hornet north of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. As with the first sighting, work to find, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, and includes:

• setting up a three mile surveillance zone around the location of the initial sighting
• opening a local control centre to coordinate the response
• deploying bee inspectors across the area who will use infrared cameras and traps to locate any nests
• readying nest disposal experts who will use pesticides to kill the hornets and destroy any nests

Bee inspectors in Somerset will be supported by nest disposal experts who will use an approved pesticide to destroy any hornets and remove any nests.

The first Asian hornet confirmed in the UK was discovered in the Tetbury area. A nest in the area has since been found, treated with pesticide and destroyed. No further live Asian hornets have been sighted in the area since the nest was removed.

Husbandry Advice:

It is very important that beekeepers remain vigilant and monitor their apiaries and surrounding forage for any Asian hornet activity. At this time of the year, Asian hornets can be seen foraging on the ivy for nectar and preying on other foraging insects for protein.

Traps should also be hung out and closely monitored. When using bait, please refrain from using light beer or lager mixed with sugar as this does not work. In France a Dark beer, mixed with 25ml of strawberry syrup and 25ml of orange liqueur has proven to work well.

Additionally, a protein bait of mashed fish e.g. prawns or trout, diluted to 25% has also proven effective. Anyone wishing to make their own traps may find the following factsheet useful: How to make a homemade Asian hornet monitoring trap.

Further guidance on identifying the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of Beebase where you will find a very useful Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster. All of this information can be found on the Asian hornet page of BeeBase: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=208.

Any suspected Asian hornet sightings should be reported to alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

If you are not sure, please still send in a sample for ID or report any sightings. When emailing, please include your name, the location of the sighting and if possible, a photograph of the hornet. Please do not put yourself in any danger of getting stung when trying to take a photo.

Low Food Stores

30th December 2016

In some regions of the UK beekeepers have reported excessive use of food stores due to the un-seasonally warm weather. It would be advisable that you check your colonies have adequate stores and add supplements if required. With the weather being quite variable, fondant is the best option not liquid feed.

For those of you thinking about treating your colonies with Oxalic acid, we remind you to only use only approved products Api-bioxal or Oxuvar and to administer the treatment by label instruction only.

Further information about colony feeding and keeping good and accurate medicine records can be found on our website at www.nationalbeeunit.com .