Firstly, thank you for visiting our website. At MUBKA we love bees, and we want to encourage people of any age who may be interested in keeping bees, or even joining us just for interest. Our Associate member grade costs only £5 per year (plus a single £10 joining fee) and gives you full access to our knowledge base and website.
As you will see from our Event Calendar, we have a wide range of activities to interest and support beekeepers throughout the year, and in particular during the beekeeping season. We start with a session explaining how to get yourself and your equipment ready for the bees’ rapid expansion in the spring and follow through with various events covering bee diseases, good practice and talks on general and specialist bee related subjects.
If you don’t currently have bees, we offer a Beginners’ Course which offers spectacular value. Starting in March every year, the £70 fee (plus membership fees) covers four 2 hour theory sessions and then Beginners only practicals every Thursday evening for the rest of the season, supervised by experienced beekeepers and which are held at our Training Apiary near Twyning.
After your first season, or if you are joining as an existing beekeeper, we have regular “Improvers” evenings to provide support and to encourage your development as a beekeeper. Social contact is important to us as well, and we usually end our sessions at the local pub.
I believe that we really have something for everyone who has even a passing interest in bees. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or would like to join our course.
Swarming usually happens in April - June rarely much later than this although it does depend on the weather.
Swarms can be quite frightening if you are not used to seeing & hearing them. First thing to remember is they are very very focussed on finding a new home so are really not likely to attack or sting you - particularly if they are on a tree branch clustered in a rugby ball shape (or bigger or smaller). There will in this case be a few bees flying backwards and forwards looking for a suitable new home. These are scouts checking trees and roofs and chimneys in the area, so if you have a chimney and they are looking keenly at it, light a fire and put some grass on it so it is nice and smoky as this will deter them.
If they are still flying, then best to keep out of their way as you will avoid any contact and potential for a sting. Try not to swat any, and only kill them if you get one in your hair, and then whack it hard to put yourself out of any misery!. Keep windows and doors closed until they settle.
Once they have settled, call the number below, send a photo by sms to John and he can then assess the relative size and who may be able to collect it. Now read on to better understand what to do ...
Firstly you need to assess - are they bees, or wasps or hornets and how many there are ?
These pictures are not to scale, but do give you an idea of the colouring and size.
Read on for advice ...
What to look for ……
This is a swarm It could be anything from 12" to 36" long
This is a Honey Bee
This isn’t, it’s a wasp
This is a hornet
This is a bumble bee
This is a solitary bee
If they are hornets or wasps we can’t help you and your only course of action is to call a Pest Control company to deal with them.
If you are sure it is a swarm of honey bees, and there is a large clump (see photos) of more than 5,000 bees which have been there for an hour or so, please call our
Swarm Co-ordinator, John Mosely on 01905 428735 or 07947 214280
and he will try to arrange removal for you. If we don’t have a member available to collect the swarm, the bees will almost certainly have moved on within a short space of time, or overnight. You just need to avoid them and keep children and pets away until they have gone.
If the swarm goes into a chimney, then access is unlikely to be easy and you will not harm the bees by lighting a small fire to smoke them out. There may also be other difficult situations, where for safety reasons, we will not be able to gain access. If you call our Swarm Co-ordinator, please give him all relevant information, and have a digital photo ready to send him if you can.
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 06 July|
|Improvers Beekeeping Session||Thursday 06 July|
|Bee Safari||Saturday 08 July|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 13 July|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 20 July|
|Improvers Beekeeping Session||Thursday 20 July|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 27 July|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 03 August|
|Improvers Beekeeping Session||Thursday 03 August|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 10 August|
|How to Extract your honey||Thursday 10 August|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 17 August|
|Improvers Beekeeping Session||Thursday 17 August|
|Beginners Training Sessions||Thursday 24 August|
|Brains Trust||Thursday 24 August|
|End of Term BBQ||Thursday 31 August|
|Honey Show MUBKA||Saturday 09 September|