Tips for the Month:

  • Continue to monitor stores on all colonies every few weeks by weighing or hefting. Feed fondant on top of the crown board over the feed hole if the hive seems light.

     

  • If you start to feed your bees you need to continue until nectar and pollen become available - possibly by the end of March.

  • Ensure bees have access to water near the hives - used to dilute fondant or crystallized stores.

  • If you see pollen being brought in later in the month from early snowdrops and hellebores, this indicates brood may be being reared and more stores will be required.

  • Ensure hives are strapped up, or put a brick or stone on the lid to ensure lids are not blown off in windy weather.

  • Review your hive records and plan what you intend to do next year - e.g. which hives to breed from and what equipment to order.

  • Clean equipment on a cold day - propolis and wax are brittle and will come off easily using your hive tool to scrape QE, hive boxes, and crown boards clean, then flame them to destroy pathogens.

  • Use the time to do some study to increase your enjoyment and interest in beekeeping. Check out the BBKA website for information.


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    22 July 2021
    The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2021, The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2021 and The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Amendment Order 2021 make Varroa a reportable pest effective 21st April 2021. To find out how you can report varroa please visit https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/BeeDiseases/report-varroa.cfm
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    If you are interested in applying for this job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
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    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
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