World Bee Day “No Mow in May”

To celebrate World Bee Day on the 20th May 2021, Stafford Bee Group, Burton, North Staffordshire, and South Staffordshire Beekeeping Associations are encouraging their members to not mow some of their lawns in May. has demonstrated the benefits to bees and the wildlife in our gardens by not mowing our lawns, which allows a diversity of wildflowers to grow. Plantlife’s ‘Every
Flower Counts’ survey found that 80% of lawns supported the equivalent of around 400 bees a day from the nectar produced by flowers such as dandelion, white clover and selfheal. If you don’t mow part of your lawn, this figure can rise by 10-fold, supporting up to 4000 bees per day.

So please join us celebrating World Bee Day in Staffordshire by not mowing a part of your lawn in May.

We would love to hear how you get on and see the results For more information on the benefits of not cutting your lawn, go to No Mow May: how to get ten times more bees on your lockdown lawn and BBKA Gardening for Bees

Stafford Bee Group presents ‘Swarms’

Stafford Bee Group offers a programme of lectures on beekeeping as well as other related subjects. To find out what’s going on, head over to the new Stafford Bee
Group website: to see more information and register for future events.

The next lecture is on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 7:30pm:
Swarms, Swarming and Swarm Management Roger Patterson is back to deliver the members’ lecture choice on the 4th March; swarms, swarming and swarm management.

Roger started keeping bees in 1963, is a writer and speaker, and owns and manages Dave Cushman’s website. He encourages beekeepers to use simple management techniques and to keep good tempered, healthy and productive bees that suit their location.

Join BeeBase

Have you considered joining BeeBase?

The National Bee Unit have asked if we could remind members with bees to register with BeeBase using the following link: http://www.
BeeBase is a free service and is the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) National Bee Unit website.

It’s designed for beekeepers and offers advisory leaflets, training manuals, fact sheets, information on basic beekeeping, health bee plans, as well as Beekeeping FAQs.

The website also has useful links and who to contact should you need support from the NBU.

Being a member of Beebase is important as it helps the NBU support beekeepers across the country and helps us to effectively monitor and control the spread of serious honeybee pests and diseases, by helping to maintain and sustain honeybees for the future.

If you’re not a member, please consider joining.

Christmas feed for bees

Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food.

Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg (40lbs) of stores to successfully overwinter. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily.

For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 – Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again.

This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allowed an increase in mite reproduction.

Please monitor mite levels and treat accordingly.

For further information, please see the’ Managing Varroa’ Advisory leaflet on the following BeeBase Page: cfm?pageid=167

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