Seasonal Bee Inspector vacancies

As from today, the current Seasonal Bee Inspector vacancies are now live on the Civil Service website.  Alternatively you can go to:  and search on the vacancy number which is  1448521 or by role which is either: Operational Delivery or Veterinary Services.

The vacancy in Wales is to cover North Pembrokeshire and South Ceredigion and the closing date for applications is 17th April 2015.

Frank Gellatly, the Regional Bee Inspector for Wales, has indicated that he would be happy to answer any queries.

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Seasonal Bee Inspector vacancy

We have been advised by Frank Gellatly, the Regional Bee Inspector for Wales, that the NBU will shortly be recruiting a new Seasonal Bee Inspector to cover North Pembrokeshire and South Ceredigion. We will be advised of the link to the Civil Service Recruitment Website when the vacancy is posted in about a week’s time, but in the meantime Frank is happy to receive expressions of interest from any PBKA members, or answer any queries.

Bee Disease Workshop

A reminder that the Bee Disease Workshop organised and presented by the National Bee Unit is taking place this Saturday June 14th.

Workshop starts at 2.00 pm and ends at 5.00 pm. Taking place in the Picton Community Centre, Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

Bee health is important and this event is open to any beekeeper who can attend not just members of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association, no need to book. This is not suitable for non-beekeepers.

BDI LogoWe are grateful to Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) for their financial support in sponsoring this workshop.

Seasonal Bee Inspector Vacancy 2014

SBI AdvertThis year’s Seasonal Bee Inspector Posts for England and Wales have been advertised and are now on the Fera Website. Externally they are being advertised electronically via Beecraft and also the BFA Bulletin.

The post in Wales is for S Pembrokeshire and W Carmarthenshire.

Contact Frank Gellatly if you want to discuss this.

Please note that the closing date for applications is 24th March.

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March 2013 Starvation Risk. Important Information about Colony Food Levels

advice from the national bee unit

With the continued poor weather looking to persist through to the end of March, colonies may be starting to run out of food (if they haven’t already). It would be advisable to check the food levels by opening the hive and making a very quick observation on their store levels. Key points to remember are:

• The colony may still have stores available which are at the other end of the brood chamber to the cluster of bees. If there are ‘empty’ frames between the two then the bees could still starve, despite food being in the chamber. Move the frames of food directly next to the outer frame where the cluster resides, ensuring that you score each frame of food (not excessively, but enough to stimulate feeding). Be sure not to knock or roll the bees when doing this and to be as quick as possible.

• If the colony has little or no frames of food then give them a block of candy or fondant. You want to aim for about 2.5 kg per hive and although this may seem to be a great expense, it is far less than the money you will have wasted should the bees die.

• Mini plastic bags that are used to store loose fruit in from the supermarket are perfectly acceptable for holding the fondant and cost nothing. Pack the candy in the bag and then pierce holes in the appropriate place once you get to the hive. If the bag seems fragile then you can double bag it (just be sure to pierce both bags).

• At this time of the year we would usually start feeding sugar syrup but with these temperatures it is still too cold. Place the fondant directly above the bees, turning the crownboard if necessary so that one of the porter bee escape holes is above the cluster.

Please be aware that this should be done as quickly and carefully as possible and although it may seem too cold to open the hive now, it is far better to do so knowing the bees are ok than not to and find later that they have died.

For more information please refer to Best Practice Guideline Number 7 – ‘Emergency Feeding’.