Rugby Bee Keepers Association maintain an apiary with a view to assisting the members, particularly new ones, with developing their bee keeping skills.

The apiary needs weekly checks through the swarm season, and regular visits to monitor health, space, stores, health etc. through the rest of the year.

Read more: The RBKA Branch Apiary

Asian Hornet

With Spring nearly upon us, it's essential that you complete any outstanding cleaning of your beekeeping kit before it is used again. Hive parts will last a lot longer if they are repaired as soon as a problem appears, but if you haven't had the chance to patch things up at the time, make sure you do it soon. And remember, repairing is much easier when the parts are dry.

Read more: Good Maintenance will save you money and bees

Asian Hornet

Tips for the Month:

  • When you do your first inspection, move the broodbox onto a bench or some stacked empty super boxes and remove the dirty old floor and place a clean, flamed floor onto the original site, replacing the brood box on the clean floor. If you have another hive, clean and flame the floor you have removed from hive 1 and repeat the process on hive 2.

Read more: March 2019

Green Woodpecker

Tips for the Month:

  • Do not disturb your bees at all by opening the hive, if you need to feed you can do so over the feed hole, or if the colony is weak lift the crown board and place the fondant directly on the top of the frames above where the bees are clustered. If you check your varroa board first you can see from the debris on the floor where the bees are.

Read more: January 2019

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