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.
Experienced bee keepers are the providers of these inspections and in doing so they create a location where less experienced keepers can learn by observation, discussion and gain practical experience.
In 2016, there were 2 hives in the Spring, which expanded to 4 hives during the swarm season. After the strong start to the season, the bees did not behave as anticipated, 2 of the hives were combined, so there are 3 strong colonies going into the winter.
The intention is to maintain an apiary in the immediate locality which will provide beginners with a teaching facility. Where they can learn amongst other things:
• Whether they are comfortable around bees prior to becoming owners.
• Find out what equipment RBKA use to see if it suits them.
• See a colony other than their own in the locality.
• What space is needed for an apiary.
• Using a smoker.
• Assess the health of a hive.
• Gain from the experience of others.
• Get an idea of the weight and size of boxes that will need to be moved.
• Handle frames of bees.
• Problems and the treatments.
Members of RBKA will be informed of when inspections are being carried out and are welcome to come along and help or hinder. Please let me know if there is anything particular that you would like to have discussed.