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Beekeeping Year – September

Things to do this month:

  • Feed colonies that need it
  • Reduce to planned number of colonies
  • Prepare for Honey shows
  • Expect more nectar flows
  • Reduce inspections to fortnightly
  • Expect reduction in colony size and brood area
  • Remove Apiguard trays

Beekeeping Year – August

Things to do this month:-

  • Remove the supers for extraction
  • Ensure the colony is left with space to hold ~35 lbs honey
  • Extract and store honey
  • Check water content and labelling requirements
  • Clean supers (on colony and then using Certan etc.)
  • Render wax cappings etc.
  • Clean or replace dirty super frames
  • Move old brood frames to the edge of hive ready for replacement
  • Insert tray of Apiguard as soon as supers are removed add second tray after 2 weeks
  • Estimate mites removed after 4 week treatment (many 100s)

Beekeeping Year – July

Things to do this month:-

  • Continue weekly inspections
  • Watch for swarms
  • Add supers (up to 1 a week)
  • Prepare extraction equipment and storage
  • Place nucs into full hives or combine with current colonies
  • Render wax scrapings, burr comb and brace comb
  • Monitor mite drop >10/day consider treatment
  • If colony is going to produce honey only dust with icing sugar

Apiary site at Dundry

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Beekeeping Year – June

Here’s what you should be doing this month:-

  • Continue with inspections
  • Practice marking (and clipping) drones
  • Ensure sufficient supers for main flow
  • Extract full supers
  • Continue swarm control
  • Mate new queens
  • Collect swarms (if you know how to)

 Monitor mite drop <10 day OK (~400)

 In emergency dust with icing sugar or 1 tray of Apiguard for 2 weeks!!!

(Reproduced from “The Beekeeping Year” by Ivor Davis on the ABKA website)

Monitored Asian Hornet Trap Sites

Monitoring again for 2018 – WE NEED MORE MONITORING SITES

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7 current locations of daily monitored Asian Hornet Traps by North Somerset Beekeepers

Please forward an email with post code of the trap(s) to ja.banks1@btinternet.com when you get your trap set up so your location can be added to the map.

Beekeeping Year – May 2017

For advice about what you should be doing with your bees in May, use this link: Advice for May 2018

Beekeeping Year – March

Things to do this month:-

  • Ensure beekeeping clothing is clean and ready for use
  • Go to Branch apiary practice meetings
  • Take Modules
  • Go to Avon AGM
  • Plan shopping list for the year and consider visiting BBKA Spring Convention near Telford
  • First quick inspection
    • Prepare to wash/replace gloves if diseased/ dead hive found
    • Have a bucket of dilute washing soda handy to clean tools and gloves etc. between colonies
    • Look for 3+ frames of brood & 5+ frames of bees
    • Ensure eggs and or open brood
    • Talk to Mentor if not happy
    • Ensure enough food for 2+ Weeks (~10 lbs)
    • Remove mouse guards
    • Records
  • Count mite fall each 2 weeks ( less than 4/day and you are OK)

Reg Stevens – 70 years a beekeeper

Our oldest member, Reg Stevens, has sadly passed away.  He recently celebrated 70 years as a beekeeper.

In 2016, Reg was awarded the Legion d’honneur for his role in the D Day landings.  The Légion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte. It is France’s highest distinction and is awarded in recognition of both military and civilian merit. On average, just 10 British nationals per year receive the Légion d’honneur

Reg’s funeral will take place on Friday 26th January at 12:00 at South Bristol Cemetery and Crematorium, followed by refreshments at Nailsea Masonic Hall, Nailsea Park, Nailsea, BS48 1BA from 13:00.

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Microscopy Course 2018

Stephen Brain has expressed an interest in running this course next year if there is enough interest shown.
The course would run through the whole year as it involves pollen analysis throughout the seasons.
It is not essential to have your own equipment as the branch does have some microscopes.
We are at the stage of assessing uptake. If you are interested could you let me know. If there are enough takers then we’ll arrange an introductory session in January when Stephen will outline in more detail what the course involves + the potential cost. You can make a final decision then.

Just let me know if you are interested at this stage.

Rob Francis – Education coordinator.

robfrancishere@gmail.com
01275 462914 Mobile 07970 298 518