Tips for the Month:

  • Put on mouse guards - mice can squeeze through incredibly small entrances so even narrowing your entrance may not deter them

  • Complete your varroa treatments early in the month if you have not already done so. Remember to record batch numbers and dates of application and removal and keep these records for 5 years as we are required to do by legislation.....

     

  • Keep a watch for the Asian Hornet and maintain traps for wasps if these are a nuisance. Notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a picture if possible.

  • Do a quick check to make sure bees have sufficient stores for the winter - about 40 to 45 lbs of honey is recommended for a strong colony this is 8 - 9 standard frames full on both sides, or estimate from frames that are half or third full to make up the weight. Make sure there is also stored pollen in the hive, if not feed pollen patties, but remember bees do better on a range of forage so pollen from different flowers is best.

  • Heft hives to try to learn to gauge from weight how much the bees have in stored food and how they are faring during the winter when we cannot inspect.

  • Store supers and spare brood frames securely so that wax moth cannot get to them. If possible freeze the frames for 48 hours before storage as this kills, eggs, larvae and adults or treat with acetic acid being very careful as the fumes can be dangerous to you and will eat away at cement.

  • Put on woodpecker protection if you have green woodpeckers near your apiary.

  • Strap up hives to hive stands if they are exposed to winds, if you have a WBC or a peaked roof on your hive, place a weight like a brick on it to prevent it from blowing away.


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  • Seasonal Bee Inspector Vacancy - Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil area
    11 December 2019
    The National Bee Unit has a vacancy for a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil area. If you are interested in applying for the job, please follow this link.

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Frank Gellatly (Regional Bee Inspector for Wales) - 01267 202 732/07775 119 480 - francis.gellatly@apha.gov.uk

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    Mae gan Yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol swydd wag ar gyfer Arolygydd Gwenyn Tymhorol (SBI) yn ardalAbertawe, Castell-Nedd Port Talbot, Merthyr Tudful. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn gwneud cais ar gyfer y swydd, dilynwch y ddolen ganlynol.

    Os bydd gennych unrhyw gwestiynau ynglyn â'r swydd, cysylltwch â Frank Gellatly (Arolygydd Gwenyn Rhanbarthol Cymru) - 01267 202732 / 07775 119480 - francis.gellatly@apha.gov.uk