The CDBKA Apairy. (as seen from the Assoc. Shop.)

At the CDBKA Apiary. A group of potential beekeepers.

At the CDBKA Apiary. A group of potential beekeepers getting a taste of 'hands-on' experience.

APIARY UPATES by Stuart Adams (Apiary Manager)

VARROA DROP AT ASOC APIARY JAN 2019

 C&DBKA ASSOCIATION APIARY JANUARY UPDATE 2019

I photographed the varroa drop after treating the association hives with Api-bioxil last week. Up until then there had been very little evidence of the amount of infestation following the treatment with Apiguard last September.

The photo shows a good example of the need to keep on top of the pests.

 Stuart.

 

 

C&DBKA ASSOCIATION APIARY CHRISTMAS UPDATE 2018

We started 2018  with only two viable colonies having lost two over the winter.

One of these attempted to swarm at the end of June and was 'split' using "The Pagden Method". A further addition was kindly provided by Martin Belcher who donated a swarm bringing stocks up to our current tally of four.

Two 'nuclei' were created ready to provide members on the new beekeepers course with a start up colony.

A modest Spring honey crop was taken and a further crop in August which makes honey available for sale at the various events the club attend throughout the year.

The hives were monitered for 'varroa mite' and treated with 'Apiguard' in September, followed by feeding with sugar syrup to give them the best chance possible to survive over winter.

Please Note:- 

The apiary is open throughout the 'active season' every Saturday 11-00am to 1-00pm (same hours as the adjacent shop)

We urge all new and prospective beekeepers to take advantage of this opportunity for hands on experience/training and a chance to discuss any problems they may be having.

A selection of bee suits in various sizes including children’s sizes are available on site but when you attend please come sensibly dressed in long trousers together with a pair of rubber gloves and with wellington boots if possible.

 Stuart