Dear Members,

April is often the month we see our hives building up strongly after March has got them off to a good start, but this March’s wet and cool temperatures have been a bit of a set-back so it has not been warm enough to do a first inspection.

Read more: April 2023

Dear Members,

March often sees the weather warming up and we eagerly anticipate taking a quick look inside the hive to see how the bees are doing, but…don’t do so until the weather is above 15 deg C. 

Read more: March 2023

Dear Members,

February is the risky time for bees. We all hope that we have left enough stores in our hives for the bees to feed on during the winter months, but with the very erratic weather patterns we now seem to be encountering, if the queen has continued to lay, and both brood and bees need feeding, sometimes those Autumn resources can start to be depleted by February and it is still at least two months before we can expect there to be forage outside the hive. 

Read more: February 2023

Dear Members,

Normally, once we have ensured our bees are healthy and have plenty of stores for the winter months, we can rest on our laurels and hopefully sell our honey.

This year, with protracted warm weather well into November, it is important to check hives regularly by weighing or hefting over the next few weeks and months to make sure bees have sufficient food to take them through to March/April, when Spring flowers again begin to provide forage. 

Read more: December 2022

Dear Members,

When I received the email from Jane Nimmo advertising Steve Martin’s talk on varroa, my first thought was “Oh no, not more about varroa, I know everything I need to know about this horrid little pest”.

Read more: November 2022
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