How doth the little busy bee

Improve each shining hour,

And gather honey all the day

From every opening flower!

― Isaac Watts

Jobs To Do This Month

  • Continue to add supers before your bees require them. Being proactive can reduce the likelihood of swarming.
  • Check your colonies are all queen right. There is a good brood pattern with pearly white larvae.
  • Check for queen cells. Remember “A swarm in July isn’t worth a fly”. Otherwise leave your colony to finish their honey production for the year.
  • Prepare for harvesting your honey towards the end of the month.  Buy jars, organise to buy, hire or borrow an extractor. Make sure you have supply of uncapping knife, filters, food grade buckets, bottling tank etc.
  •  View our range of Harvesting Essentials, including our 20% Off offer on our best-selling extractor plus 4 free tools!

Plant Of The Month – Sedum Atlantis

The Sedum Atlantis is a plant for our times…drought tolerant, suitable for small spaces and attractive to bees. The vibrantly coloured serrated leaves & the yellow flowers will make a wonderful haven for our friendly pollinators. 

9cm Potted Plant only £7.99 or Buy 3 for £15

2 Litre Potted Plant only £9.99 or Pick & Mix across our range of 2 Litre Perennials – Buy any 3 for £24 or 6 for just £33!

NBS Photographer Of The Year Competition

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s competition, we thought we would remind you that the National Bee Supplies Photographer of the Year Competition (#NBSPOTY) is back for 2020.

 Whether you’re an experiences lens-smith, or a handy phonetographer, we would love to see’ what beekeeping means to you. This year we have exciting new categories to enter and we’re offering one of our industry leading starter kits (or £500 in NBS Vouchers) as our main prize. Everything you need to start your own beekeeping journey!

 The competition will close on the 30th September.

Bees’ Needs Week

Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

This year they will be running the Bees’ Needs Week online from the 13th-19th, sharing online positive examples and ways in which everyone can continue to help bees and other pollinators close to home.

There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:

  • Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
  • Let your garden grow wild
  • Cut your grass less often
  • Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
  • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

Watch this handy video that talks about these 5 actions:

Turn Your Garden Into A Bee Haven!

Bees are dependent on the nectar and pollen of flowers. To supply a continuous food source for the bees, plant a variety of species that will bloom from spring to autumn. Most bees prefer perennial flowers, so herbs and traditional cottage garden plants are great.

If you want to grow from seed try our British Native Wildflower ranges that capture the look of the beautiful English countryside, in particular our Honey Bee Mix which has been developed in conjunction with Gales Honey and can be sown from late August.

Offer Of The Month

It’s time to start reaping the rewards of a successful beekeeping season. To celebrate another wonderful year in the apiary, we are offering a very special deal on our extraction kits. For a limited time, get 4 FREE essential tools PLUS 20% off our 4-Frame Extractor with Filter & Tank.

Was £448.75 Now only £327.96!