Defra are seeking to develop a greater understanding of queen replacement practices currently carried out by beekeepers in England. At the link below you will find a short survey which we encourage all beekeepers to complete.
The results of this survey will be factored into our consideration of future support options for English beekeepers.
Your assistance in improving our knowledge of this practice is greatly appreciated.
The survey will remain open until 16th April 2018.
Four meetings to explain the fundamentals & to help you make a start with keeping bees……..
- For Complete Beginners &
- For new Beekeepers – build on your knowledge & improve your colony management!
Please find the Western Region Annual Report for 2017 for you to download as a Word document here: 2017 Western Region Annual Report
The Report attempts to round up the season in our area, with a look at a couple of things happening across the water.
I hope you find it of interest.
Regional Bee Inspector, Western England
(covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire)
National Bee Unit
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Many Beekeepers offer a voluntary collection service for swarms of bees. For details of these Beekeepers please click here…
Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings. See below for more information about bumble bees.
Swarming is a natural process by which bees colonies reproduce. Normally when bees swarm they do not sting, so if undisturbed they are not an immediate threat. Don’t panic! Usually they will find themselves a suitable home and disappear after a few hours.
However, their idea of a ‘suitable home’ might not be yours. They have been known to occupy chimneys, wall cavities, bird boxes and house roofs. It is better to ask a beekeeper to collect them. This online pharmacy no prescription ensures that they will be given a good home and not destroyed. This service is normally provided free, but a contribution towards travelling expenses, or perhaps a donation to charity might be requested.
Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.
If you are worried about bees in the roof or in a bird-box please watch this video before phoning. These are tree bumble bee drones. THEY DO NOT STING. The nest will die out at the end of the summer when you can block up the hole or move the bird box. We cannot help with these bees but you can find out more at http://bumblebeeconservation.org/
Other sources of information:
Concerned about Bumblebees? Visit www.bwars.com to find out more.
A message from the National Bee Unit:
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 .
Welcome to 2017!
Just a quick reminder that Memberships are now due for renewal. Go to Join Us to select and pay for your membership. Remember to select the Renew Membership options if you are renewing your Full or Associate Membership.
We have a new payment system this year that will accept payment by:
- Debit & Credit Cards processed through PayPal (no PayPal account needed)
- Bank Transfer – BACS
- Payment by Cheque
The website will create an account for you as your purchase and send out a password to you – keep this handy as this will speed up future transactions. You can manage your account on the My Account page, here you can edit your details and see details of purchases etc.
The new system should work seamlessly, however if you encounter any glitches please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check it out.
An update from The National Bee Unit
Following the finding of Asian hornets in Gloucestershire recently the The National Bee Unit have received a large number of suspect Asian hornet reports from members of the public and beekeepers which we are following up. Bee inspectors have now visited over 100 sites. Asian hornets have been seen at just six locations within 500 meters of the original site.
Efforts to track down the nest and destroy it are ongoing. There have been no other substantiated reports of hornets anywhere else in the UK so please be patient while we continue our field work and be assured that when appropriate, national alerts will be sent out via our email alert system. In the meantime, our news feed on BeeBase will be used to keep everyone updated.
Please also see the updated ID sheet to help you Identify Vespa velutina in your apiaries. At this time of the year, the best bait to use in traps is fish bait diluted to 25%
Please continue to monitor your own apiaries using hornet traps and encourage those whom you know are not registered on our database to sign up here….
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