August, 2016
Dear Member,
As I write this we are sweltering in the first real heat of summer and the bees will be busy at last sucking up nectar far into the warm evenings.  Just as well as the cool, sometimes even cold, weather in July saw the bees feeding off the nectar they had stored in supers.
A large group of Rugby beekeepers also enjoyed the warm weather at ‘The Bell’ in Hillmorton in July, sharing stories of the ups and downs of beekeeping and the current political rollercoaster. 
Read more: August 2016

September, 2016

Dear Member,
As I write this we are experiencing a late warm Summer, but Autumn is just round the corner and we are starting to prepare our bees for the cold wet months of winter.
Hopefully many of you are enjoying the fruits of the hive in the shape of your own freshly harvested honey.

Read more: September 2016

July, 2016

Dear Member,
We are now well into the beekeeping season and I understand that some people (presumably near Oil Seed Rape), have already harvested some Spring honey. Well done, but be careful that stores in the hive have not run low during the 'June gap'.  I have not in previous years seen a noticeable 'June gap' where I kept my bees in Hillmorton, presumably because of the plentiful forage in nearby gardens, but this year I have noticed a shortage of stores in different apiaries I visited in June.

Read more: July 2016

June, 2016

Dear Member,
Now we are into June, but the weather continues to present us, and the bees, with challenges. There have been fewer swarms than expected in May, probably as a result of the cold Spring which delayed the build up of some colonies, and then few warm days when we could have expected swarms. This has meant that some of the newer beekeepers and those who have lost bees over the winter have not been able to stock their apiaries.

Read more: June 2016

May, 2016

Dear Member,
Driving to the BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, the roads were lined with clouds of Blackthorn blossom and the fields of Rape were beginning to yellow, but temperatures were still stubbornly below double figures centigrade. With such low temperatures blossoms will not be producing as much nectar as expected. Not such good news for our bees.

Read more: May 2016


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