This final scheduled inspection of the season was lead by Nigel, assisted by Russell, John W, Tony B and Evan. Member of the public, Anna, observed this open session having read about our inspections on the website. No evidence of queens in two hives. Nigel will check later in the week. Full inspection report HERE.
Evan lead the penultimate scheduled inspection of the season with the help of Tony B, Andy O, and Dusan. Even this late in the season one colony was found to have 36 emergency queen cells. Grey Himalayan Balsam pollen was spotted on the backs of a number of bees. For the full inspection report summery click HERE.
Unfortunately the lead beekeeper was on his own today and kept actions down to a minimum. Checking or removing feeders and applying MAQs varroa treatment where colonies were strong enough. Only colony 7 had a full inspection after being united with queen-less colony 6 the previous week. We now have eight colonies. You can find the full report HERE.
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Kevin kindly stepped in to fill the vacant Lead Beekeeper slot, leading two Tonys, Jo, Danny, Dusan and Evan. They found: a number of colonies too weak to treat with MAQs; evidence of of a uniting that didn’t go well; a couple of strong colonies and …
Garth lead Tony B, Andy O and Dusan through this busy session. Eight colonies were fed to enable the bees to create winter stores before the ivy flow. Queen excluders, clearer boards and cleaned honey supers were removed. (Supers subsequently fumigated – to prevent wax moth.) The full report can …