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
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' at the end of August followed by feeding with sugar syrup to give them the best chance possible to survive over winter.
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 ADAMS - THE APIARY MANAGER