The NBU has been unable to carry out any Bee Health Day training, evening Association talks or attend any national events due to COVID restrictions.
To part mitigate this, Fera Science have prepared several You Tube training/educational videos, which are now available via BeeBase and are freely available to beekeepers and Associations. Initially three of these have been released looking at the following topics:
Asian Hornet Biology
Asian Hornet Genetics
The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on
The information can also be accessed on BeeBase news page.
Alternatively there is a link at the foot of the Advisory Leaflets, Training Manuals & Factsheets page.
There is also available a series of on-line evening lectures throughout the rest of the beekeeping season, starting on 9th June. Topics are chosen to fit with the work in the apiary, aiming to be timely and thought-provoking to inspire all those 'thinking beekeepers' out there.
Ken and Dan Basterfield regularly give popular lectures on practical and thought-provoking beekeeping topics. They lecture across the UK and Ireland, from local association meetings to national and international conferences."
The full programme and booking links can be found here.
The forecast for this week is for thundery showers, some of which could be torrential. If there was thunder in the air would you want someone to take the roof of your house! I guess not and bees are the same. They can become very aggressive if you try to open the hive in thundery weather. Don't.